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Monday, January 12, 2015

Crab Malaikari


In all our trips to Costco my daughter insists that I pick up the huge king crabs they have on sale. I mostly land up making Konkani Crab or Red Curry. This time I decided to adapt the traditional Bengali Prawn Malaikari to Crabs. It turned out to be really yummy. Hope you would enjoy it as well.


  • 2lbs. crab cleaned and cut
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3-4 green chilies
  • 2” ginger 
  • 2 chili powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 4-5 tbsp. ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • Whole garam masala (1’ cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamom, 1 bay leaf)
  • 1 tsp. Bengali garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • Small piece of cinnamon and few cloves


Make a paste of onion, ginger with two green chilies.

In a wide vessel heat ghee till it melts. Now temper it with whole garam masala and bay leaf.

Add the ground onion paste to it and sauté on low heat till the raw smell goes away.

Now one by one add turmeric and chili powder to it. Sauté on low heat till you see oil gets separated from the spice mixture.

Add crab pieces to it and fry them on medium heat for about two to three minutes. Make sure that all crab pieces are well coated with the spices. season them with salt.

Pour half a cup of water and let it simmer on low heat for about ten minutes. Add coconut milk to it and give a nice stir. Cook for another three to four minutes.

Finish it off by adding a spoon full of ghee, green chilies and a spoon  Bengali garam masala powder. Serve hot with plain rice.


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