Friday, November 16, 2012

Nandu (Crab) Thokku Masala - Moms Special!!

Crab a very tasty dish by itself!! Make the most of it by preparing this simple yet Delicious dish. This is a very common dish made by my mom , I start drooling when this gets cooked bcoz the aroma it lets out is so mesmerizing.

Few tips:
Buy Nandu (Crabs) during Amavasai , No moon day; Crabs gets into full flesh for reproduction during this phase and clean crabs otherwise they don't come out well.
Clean and cook immeditely ; Fresh crabs are always the best; eat soon as cooked ; freezing them and reheating not much advisable
Crabs gets cooked easily ; over cooking should be avoided

Cooking time : 15 -20 min ; Serves : 3 people
Grind it to paste:
Sina vengayam / Small onions - 10-15
Patta -1 to 2
Lavangam -1 to 2
Kadal Pasi - small piece
Seeragam - 1 spoon
Sombu - 1 spoon
Melagu / Pepper - 1 spoon
K.Molakai / Red Chilli - 5-6
Ginger - small piece
Garlic - 6-7 pods
Thengai/ Coconut - a small piece
Pour oil and fry all these , allow to cool and grind them to a paste

Crab - 5-6 (Big) Clean and cook immediately
Onion - 1
Tomato - 2
Chilly Dhaniya powder (check and add if needed) - 1/ 2 spoon
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder - one pinch

To season:
Oil (Gingily oil) - 1 cup
Mustard seeds
Curry leaf

Process :

Keep Kadai ; add oil ; Once hot; add Kaduku (mustard seeds), Sombu , Curry leaves and allow it to splutter

Now add Onion,allow it to fry, once color changes; add Tomato and a pinch of turmeric
Now add the ground masala
Once fried add the crab , this will ooze out water now sprinkle water and allow it to cook for 5 min

Serve hot with Rice!!
Enjoy your meal...

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