Crab Fry

Crab Fry or Njandu Varuthathu is a tasty and spicy dish prepare with crabs. Learn how to prepare yummy Crab fry


  • Crab,cleaned-250 gms
  • Onion,sliced-1 cup( 2 small)
  • Green chilies,cut vertically-1 no( or to taste)
  • Curry leaves-2 sprigs
  • Tomato,chopped-1/2 cup(1 medium)
  • Thick coconut milk-1/4 cup
  • Water-as required
  • Salt-to taste
  • Oil-as required

For masala paste

  • Ginger-1/2 ” piece
  • Garlic-2 cloves
  • Shallots-4 to 5 nos
  • Kashmiri chili powder<-3/4 to 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder-1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder-1/4 to 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
  • Water-as required


  • Grind together all the ingredients listed under ‘For masala paste’ to form a thick paste.Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add onion,green chilies and curry leaves.Saute until it turns golden brown ,on a medium low flame.
  • Add the masala paste and cook over a medium low flame,stirring continuously, for 4 to 5 minutes or until oil separates.
  • Add finely chopped tomato and cook until it turns soft and oil separates.Add salt to taste.
  • Add crab , 1/2 cup water ( or more if required) and mix well.Cover and cook until it is done.Uncover and cook until gravy turns thick.
  • Add coconut milk and mix well.Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the gravy coats the crab pieces.
  • Add more curry leaves ,if desired.
  • Serve with rice or chapathi.

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