Wednesday 12 June 2013

Crab Fry | Nandu Fry | Nandu Masala | Easy Crab Masala Without Coconut

This is an easy to make crab fry with ingredients that will be normally available in any kitchen pantry, just reach for a few of them and you will have a tasty and juicy crab fry!! I got the small variety crabs and so I have not halved them, I have used them whole instead. If in case you are using the bigger ones, just halve them and use them. These kind are not so fleshy like the bigger ones, but they do have some meat and remain juicy and perfectly fit fry/masala recipes. You can just take some bites, chew and melt in its flavors. The recipe is so easy to prepare but makes a great side-dish with rice and rasam or sambar or dal or even fish curry. Just give a try if you are a sea-food lover and am sure you will love it to the core. 



Serves 3 people
Total Preparation Time - 15 to 20 minutes
  1. Crab - 10 (I used small sized crabs)
  2. Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  3. Tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
  4. Lemon - 1 tablespoon 
  5. Red Chilli Powder - 1 tablespoon
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Salt - As per taste
  8. Mustard - 1/4 tablespoon
  9. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tablespoon 
  10. Oil - 2 spoons 


  • Clean crab well in water and set aside. (I got the crab shell removed, if you get it whole remove the hard shell and then clean it. You can chop into halves if the crab is big in size and separate the claws. The crabs that I got were smaller and equal in size to the palms of my hand.) 
  • Place a wide big kadai/pan on flame and pour 2 spoons of oil into it. After the oil heats up splutter mustard seeds then add finely chopped onions and saute well. Add a pinch of salt optionally to fasten cooking. 
  • Once the onions turn golden brown add ginger garlic paste and saute on a low flame until the raw smell leaves. 
  • Then add the chopped tomatoes and add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and saute until the tomato gets cooked well and the oil peeps out of the masala.
  • Once done add the crab and saute well until the masala gets coated around the crab. Then pour water until the crabs gets immersed well and cook on medium flame until the water content reduces and the crab turns orange in color. This color change indicates that the crab has got cooked well. 
  • Remove from flame drizzle some lemon juice and serve hot!!

TIP 1: The crab changes to orange color after it gets cooked perfectly, so this is the basic and easy trick on checking whether the crab has got cooked. 

TIP 2: You can make it spicy or less spicy according to your wish. I have made it slightly spicy. 

TIP 3: If your crabs you are using belongs to the bigger variety then chop them into halves and use them. 

TIP 4: You can make the masala with a little sauce or make them dry according to your wish.

Yummy and juicy crab fry is now ready!!! Tastes great with rice!!!


  1. Love to have that bowl, can guess how delicious and fingerlicking this fry will be.. Mouthwatering here.

  2. My Mom love crab, that too if it cooked spicy by her MOM :) ur crab fry looks exactly like ur presentation n pics here..neatly presented!

  3. superb fry , wish i could grab and have some.beautiful clicks.

  4. Finger licking fry n beautiful clicks as always :-)

  5. I agree that crabs taste heavenly in curried style. Its also our fav but we usually find a day when we are free, sit around with the whole and dig in. Of course with big empty containers to put the shells inside.

    Fresh crabs are difficult to come by at my place but when I find them, this is a curry I drowned the crabs inside.

  6. Crab fry looks delicious.

  7. Mouthwatering and i am becoming a fan for your photography. Loved it.

  8. Tempting and delicious crab fry.. Beautiful clicks da..

  9. Crab fry looks yumm.. i just love it very much..ur clicks r making it more tempting

  10. That's really fantastic!!!! Wonderful pictures too! Kind regards!

  11. just read the about me section now..and wow ! u were agreat cook right from 8th std. at that time, i was jsut a dish washer,and chopper..well..almost till i got married ! :/ . You said, you are from India. not sure where, but guess you are form kerala itself...coz, i see the way u have looked soo closely at the njandu to be clicking the crabs and make us go drooling from east to west ! just too tempting dear. feeling like having it right now.

    1. Thanks a lot Sona :) I am from TN, but still you were close to it ;) Thanks a lot for so much appreciations!!!

  12. Delicious and tempting crab...,
    Very lovely clicks...

  13. Never made crab at home.. this looks so delicious and the clicks are amazing Divya !

  14. Am such a crazy fan for crabs n prawns..O god, drool drool Divya

  15. Very nice pics divya

  16. Wow, crab masala looks yum!! I have never tasted, neither have seen anybody cook! So it is brand new to me!
    Love the curry style of the recipe!!
    Awesome clicks, I must say!! Last click, more or less looks like a bird's beak :-)

  17. looks mouthwatering n delicious ...

  18. I haven't had crab in years...the crabs here are very expensive and too big. This looks so delicious. Yearning for some crab curry now.

  19. I have never laid my hands on crab. havent tasted also. I must try this if I get a cleaned crab. Ur pics are gorgeous as usual !

  20. Crab fry looks very delicious Divya. All photos are perfect.

  21. I am still intimidated to cook Crab though I love it. Have to ask my MIL to make this when she is here.

  22. Beautiful clicks sis :) makes me drool... really simple dish love the simple flavors


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