Crab is one of the best food items as far as sea food is concerned. It is found in almost every city of India but is popular in the coastal areas of India like West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa. It comes under the exotic meat category in various places of India.
In India, seafood lovers are really fascinated towards different preparations of Crab found here. Varieties of curries are prepared using this delicious sea-food. So here is the list of 20 best crab curries that are famous and available in India –
1Indian Crab Curry
The Indian Crab curry is the commonest of all the curries available in the nation. Though it is common but if cooked well then the taste of this preparation of crab is really delightful. It is made with simple ingredients like tamarind, green chilies and chili powder. It is usually enjoyed with rice and is popular in the eastern states of India.
2Crab Masala Fry
Crab Masala Fry is a non-thick gravy of crab enjoyed generally during evening as a perfect snack. It is one of the best and delicious snacks enjoyed by the people living in coastal areas of India. It can be spicy or else subtle in taste as per one’s liking. Fennel seeds and ginger along with crab are the core ingredients of this preparation of crab.
3Goan Crab Curry
As the name suggests, this crab delicacy is famous in Goa. Goa is known for different kinds of sea food and crab is no exception. This delicacy is one of the best crab curries of India and hence is there in this list. Goan Crab curry is popular not only in India but also in different parts of the world. It is made with coconut milk, tamarind paste and tasty crab meat.
4Southern Indian Crab Curry
Crabs are not that easy to cook but South Indian people are really good chefs when it comes to cooking crab. Southern Indian Crab Curry is popular in all the southern coastal states of India like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. This dish of crab is made using light coconut milk, olive oil, garlic, turmeric and fennel seeds.
5Blue Crab Curry
Another famous goan crab curry is Blue crab curry. This preparation of crab curry is a delight to have because of its authentic flavours and excellent aroma. The aroma of this dish attracts the lovers of crab and one can enjoy this with plain rice. Lots of garam masala and yogurt is used to make this crab dish a top crab curry dish of India.
6Spicy Crab Curry
Spicy Crab Curry is basically a delicacy of West Bengal. Bengalis have a real fascination when it comes to sea food. They are also excellent chefs of sea food preparation. This authentic crab curry, originally from Bengal, is really amazing in taste and a delight to have. The curry is a bit spicy and made of fresh green chilies and red onions.
Local name of Crab in Eastern India is ‘Kakra’ and Jhal means spicy curry. Kakra Jhal is a popular dish of Eastern states of India especially in Odisha. This recipe makes use of simple ingredients like ginger-garlic paste, onions, tomato, red chili powder and garam masala. This preparation of crab is really flavourful.
8Crab Kurle Ambat
Crab kurle ambat is a Maharashtrian preparation of crab. This recipe is not only famous in Maharashtra but also in Goa and Karnataka. Many famous restaurants offering seafood in these states have this crab curry in their menu. One should definitely try this delicacy of crab because of its amazing taste.
9Njandu Crab Curry
Njandu Crab Curry has its roots in the state of Kerala. People of Kerala love to have crab and are excellent crab eaters. Njandu Crab curry is very popular in the entire state. The preparation requires very simple ingredients yet the taste of this dish is very ravishing and tasty. The crab curry is basically made with a coconut paste which is responsible for enhancing the taste.
10Crab Pepper Masala
Another sea food snack which is popular in the coastal tourist destinations of India is Crab Pepper Masala. This preparation is usually enjoyed with drinks like cocktails and mocktails. It has a combination of tangy and spicy taste and is really a delight to have. It is one of the best crab curries for Crab lovers to try.
11Chettinad Crab Curry
Chettinad Crab Curry has originated from Tamil Nadu. This preparation of Crab has a pretty unique taste of South India. The unique taste of this curry is due to the use of brown sugar, brown crab, fresh coconut and coriander leaves. This is a must-try crab curry when travelling in Tamil Nadu and other adjacent states of India.
12Crab Xec Xec
Goa is considered as the home of crab curries of India. Crab Xec Xec is another authentic goan crab curry. This recipe makes use of exotic spices of Western India. It makes use of roasted spices and mixed with a paste of coconut, onion and garlic altogether. This shimmering crab curry is generally enjoyed with plain rice.
A variety of crabs are used to make this preparation of crab curry. This delicacy is popular in Eastern India. Mud Crabs and Sea Crabs are used to make this exquisite and delicious crab curry. Other ingredients to make this curry include coconut, onions and tomatoes. A must-have delicacy when travelling in Bengal.
14Mangalore Style Crab Curry
Another coastal state of India where sea food is famous is Karnataka. In Karnataka, there is a city known as Mangalore where a Mangalore style crab curry is a popular sea food delicacy. Coconut milk is used in decent quantity to make this preparation. The dish is mildly spicy and has an excellent taste.
15Spiced Semolina Crab
Spiced Semolina Crab is an amazing crab curry of India. It is one of the top players when we talk about exquisite seafood delicacies. The crabs in this delicacy are marinated with a layer of spices and masala and then deep fried in oil. Frying in oil makes the crabs really crisp and crunchy to eat.
Crab Kurma is another crab curry of Tamil Nadu state of India. This is an authentic South India preparation with good taste and great aroma. There is a really good texture to this recipe. One of the main ingredients of this dish is poppy seeds which is responsible for enhancing the taste of this famous crab curry of India.
Tandoori crab is again a very common recipe but the taste is literally yum. This preparation makes use of a seekh and tandoor. Crab meat along with capsicum and onion are put in hot tandoor and cooked slowly. The crab meat is marinated with the required masalas. This preparation of crab is very tasty and delicious.
18Keralian Coconut Mudcrab Curry
As the name suggests, this preparation of crab curry is of the Kerala state and makes use of Mud Crab. The dish is quite simple yet tasty to eat. This dish uses of lots of coconut and coconut milk. This dish is not that spicy and has subtle taste into it. At the end this crab curry is garnished with fresh coriander leaves.
19Kolhapuri Crab Curry
It is another crab curry of Maharashtra which is very famous in the Western coast of India. Different types of ‘khada’ masalas are used to make this dish like peppercorns, poppy seeds, dry red chilies, cumin seeds and cardamom seeds. Use of so many such masalas is responsible for this curry having a fiery and spicy taste.
20Sri Lankan Crab Curry
The last but not the least is the Sri Lankan Crab curry. Being a Sri Lankan delicacy this preparation of crab is very famous in India because of its really amazing and delightful taste. Sri Lankan Curry powder is used along with Cayenne pepper and Pandan leaves which enhances the taste and aroma of this crab curry.