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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kankadaa Tarkari (Odia style Crab Curry)

Cooking Time Required: 30-35 mins
Cost of preparation: 120-150 rupees

Ingredients: Crabs ( 1 Kg.), onions ( 1 large ), potato ( 1 large ), coriander seeds ( 1 tsp ), cumin seeds ( 1/2 tsp), finely chopped garlic pods ( 1 tbs ), red chilli powder ( 1/3 nos ), ginger-garlic paste ( 1 tbs ), tomato ( 2 medium ), green chillis ( 4-5 nos ), turmeric ( 1/3 tsp), cinnamon ( 1 inch long ), small cardamon ( 2 nos), clove ( 3 nos ), mustard oil ( 7 tsp ), chopped coriander leaves ( 2 tbs ), salt.

Preparation: Clean the crabs. Add 1 tsp mustard oil, 2 chopped green chillis, turmeric and salt. Allow to marinate for 15-20 mins.

Cooking: Put a wok on the stove and put 3 tsp oil in it . When the oil starts smoking, add the marinated crab meat . Stir fry for 8-10 mins on a medium to high flame. Remove from the wok and keep aside.

Stir fry the potato pieces in the same wok for 5 mins and keep aside.

Cook the onion and tomatoes in a pressure cooker for 2-3 whistles. Drain the excess
water and keep aside (Use this water for the final cooking.). Crush the onions and
tomatoes into a paste.

Dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, cardamon and cloves for 30-40
seconds. Grind into a fine powder.

Heat a wok. Add the remaining oil. Add the onion and tomato paste along with a little salt. Stir fry for 5 mins on a medium flame.Add the ginger garlic paste and cook on a medium flame for 5-6 mins.

Add the powdered masala along with chilli powder, chopped green chillis and garlic. Put the fried crab & potato and stir fry for another 3 mins.

Add 3 cups of hot water. Bring to a boil . Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 10 mins. Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves and remove from stove. Crab curry is ready to eat.

Serve with rice .

Note: This is a low calorie version of my earlier post on 'Kankada Jholo'. I have reduced the amount of oil and made subtle changes in the spices used in the earlier preparation.


  1. Great looking crab curry dear. I remember during my st visit to Bhubaneswar I had it in a hotel. Your preparation just reminded me the wonderful tasted curry that I had then.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. awesome recipe. one of our family fav once again.

  3. Seriously am drooling over that delicious crab curry,simply mouthwatering here..

  4. wat a fantastic recipe..thanks dear for sharing..;)

  5. Seriously drroling over ur crab curry,,

  6. It's always been a hard task for me to cook crab, you have made it look really easy and yummy.


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