This is my first attempt of tried and tested authentic Goan recipe what we call “Kulyanche Tonak”( Crab Curry) or “Kulyanchi Xacuti”. Earlier I had only eaten this cooked by my mom. Then I started getting Crabs allergy so I stopped eating and Few days back, My son saw these live crabs in Fish Store and asked me to cook for him. In my childhood I was crazy about Crabs . My mom used to do fantastic Crabs Masala. But because of my allergy I lost the touch of it, so I called up mom and got this superb authentic Goan Crab recipe also called as xecxec. I got a terrific positive feedback from my family for this and would try rava fried crabs too.
So here is the step by step easy crab masala recipe for you.
Serving: 4 People
Time: 40 Minutes
- 7-8 Crabs
- 1 Cup grated fresh Coconut
- 1 Onion Sliced
- 1/2 Onion Chopped
- 1 tomato cut into small pieces
- 1 tbsp coriander seeds
- 3-4 black pepper
- 3-4 cloves
- 1 tsp Fennel seeds/Saunf
- 3-4 Dry red chilies
- 3-4 cut or chopped Garlic
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp red chili powder
- 2 tbsp oil for frying
- 1 small ball of tamarind
Wash and marinate Crabs with salt, one tsp turmeric and red chili powder for around 15 minutes.
In a heated Skillet add 1 tbsp oil and fry onions until golden brown. Add Chopped garlic and fry until raw smell goes away. Add grated coconut and fry on medium heat till coconut changes color . That will take for around 5 minutes. Now, take this fried coconut mixture at the side and add 1 tsp oil and all the whole garam masala(pepper, cloves, red chilies,Coriander seeds) except fennel seeds and fry on low heat until you get nice fragrance. Then add fennel seeds . Add turmeric powder. fry for 5-6 seconds. Now Mix everything.
Grind this coconut mixture along with tamarind to make a smooth paste.
Now keep a wok on the stove. Add a tbsp of oil and fry chopped onions till golden brown. Add Chopped tomatoes and cook until tomatoes become nice soft and mushy. Add marinated crabs, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add coconut paste into the crabs, salt , cover and cook for around 15 minutes on low heat.
The more you cook the crabs in the gravy, the more tasty is the output.
Serve on the serving plate.