1 dozen crabs(average size)
2-3 Big onions finely chopped
3-4 green chillies cut in small peices
1/2 inch ginger peice -finely chopped.
1/4 spoon of turmeric powder
1 1/2 cups ( approx) of freshly grated coconut.
12-15 roasted red chillies
Marble sized peice of tamarind
coconut milk (optional)
salt to taste
Clean the crabs by opening the shell.
Rinse it in the pot of water atleast 3 to 4 times.
Add Turmeric powder, salt,finely chopped onions,ginger and green chillies to the cleaned crabs and 2-3 drops of coconut oil. Mix it well and keep it for about 20 minutes.
For the masala, grind together freshly grated coconut, roasted chillies and tamaraind into a fine paste.
Pour the masala over the crabs which is now marinated for 20 minutes. Add enough water to arrive at a consistency of semi solid gravy. Cook the crabs for about 15-20 minutes. If the gravy becomes thick, you can add coconut milk to it and boil it.
Once cooked keep it closed for about 10 minutes for the crabs to absorb the flavour of the spices.
Enjoy it with Mangalorean brown rice or white rice.
WOW! what a heavenly taste. My mouth is watering as I write this.