Mar 7, 2008

Goan Crab Curry recipe - Seafood Recipes

How to make Goan crab curry

Ingredients for goan crab curry:

2 medium crabs (preferably raw), each about 500 g
50 g tamarind pulp
2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
1½ teaspoons red chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
150 g onions, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
100 ml coconut milk

chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves
crushed pepper



Cut each crab into 4 or 5 pieces . Make sure the small stomach sac behind the mouth and the inedible grey feathery gills are removed. 

Watch my demonstration crab cleaning video below

Soak the tamarind pulp in 250 ml warm water for 20 minutes, then strain through a fine sieve. Mix together the ginger-garlic paste, red chili paste, cumin and ground coriander with 3 tablespoons water to make a paste. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and sauté the onions until softened and light brown. Add the spice paste and sauté gently for 3-4 minutes. Add the tamarind liquid and salt. Bring to a simmer, add the crabs and simmer for about 5 minutes until almost cooked. Add the coconut milk, check the seasoning and simmer for a further 3-4 minutes until the crab is cooked. Serve with rice.

Another good goan crab recipe here and a nice
spicy goan crab recipe here

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Some goan Cuisine History

Goa Cuisine

Visitors to Goa tend to think that food and drink in Goa means the famous fish, curry, rice and feni package. And for most Goans these are indeed the three basic necessities of life -- fish, curry and rice. They combine to make a heavenly daily meal for the average Goan. But Goan cuisine, like the land itself, has many flavours and tastes with its vast treasure trove of culinary delicacies. The long period of Portuguese rule, besides that of the Muslim and Hindu kingdoms, has left an indelible influence on the original style of Goan cooking and this has led to an exotic mix of truly tasty and spicy cuisine. Most people who sample Goan cuisine, enjoy this different and unique style of food which has a distinct and unique combination of spicy flavours.
With a wide variety ranging from prawns to sausages, chicken to beef, and numerous vegetarian dishes, Goan cuisine is able to satisfy even the most finicky gourmet appetites. Goa has some magnificent culinary delicacies like the prawn balchão and sorpotel which have become famous around the world.
Seafood such as prawns, lobsters, crabs, pomfrets, clams, ladyfish, mussels, and oysters are used to make a variety of curries, fries, soups and pickles. Besides fresh seafood, dried and salted fish dishes are also highly prized by Goans. While Hindu Goan food does not seem to have picked up any major Portuguese influence, the Christian food has been influenced not only by the Portuguese, but also by its overseas colonies. Traditional Goan cooking calls for plenty of muscle and time. Grinding is always part of the recipe and the nicer the dish the longer it takes to make.
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