Njandu varutharacha curry/ Crab in roasted coconut gravy

crab curry


  • Crab/Njandu – 1 kg
  • Potato – 1 medium sized cut into cubes
  • Green chilly – 2
  • Garlic – 5-8 crushed
  • Ginger – 2 inch piece – crushed
  • Onion – 2 medium sized thickly sliced into cubes
  • Tomato – 1┬áthickly sliced into cubes
  • Curry leaves – 1 spring
  • Shallots – 5 – 8
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tspn
  • Coriander powder – 1 tblspn
  • Chilly powder – 1 tblspn
  • Garam masala – 1 tspn
  • Roasted coconut – 3/4 cup
  • Oil – 1 tblspn

For seasoning

  • Shallots – 6 sliced
  • Garlic – 4 sliced
  • Curry leaves – 1 spring
  • Oil – 2 tspn


  • Take a heavy bottomed pan and keep on a medium low flame. Add coriander powder and dry roast it till its raw smell goes and it slightly changes colour. This will take about a minute. Switch off the flame and add red chilly powder to it and give a mix.
  • Take a clay pot and add onions, tomato, Crushed (ginger,garlic,shallots and green chillies),coriander powder, chilly powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder,salt and curry leaves. Add coconut oil and give a nice mix to all the ingredients with your hands.
  • Add crab and potatoes and mix everything together. Keep aside for half an hour.
  • Now add water to the clay pot and keep it on a high flame. Once the gravy starts to boil, reduce the flame and keep it partially closed till the crab and potatoes are 75 percent cooked.
  • Grind the roasted coconut to a fine paste and add it to the curry. Keep on high flame until gravy boils and then keep covered on a low flame for 10 minutes. Switch offf the flame.
  • For seasoning, add oil to a kadai, roast shallots, garlic and curry leaves. Roast until shallots and garlic are golden brown. Pour this seasoning over the crab curry. This is a great combination with rice, puttu, idiyappam,appam and rotis.


  • This curry tastes best when prepared in a clay pot.
  • While roasting coconut, you can add half a tspn of fennel seeds and 4-5 curry leaves for added taste.

Thank you.

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