Chetinad Crab / Nandu Masala - Restaurant Style

Its been a long time i made nandu/crab at home.This time i planned to make a restaurant type masala at home,and to my goodness for the very first time i tried a new recipe of my own and it came out well.I felt so happy that my own recipe, won the appreciation of all at home.So sharing my own recipe here.

If you find this interesting ,please try it out,and am definitely sure ,you will like this recipe.Please don't forget to drop your beloved feedback ,which will encourage me in further steps.


Serves 3

Crab - 250 g
Coconut Milk - 4 Tbsp
Red Dried chilli - 2 no's
Green chillies - 2 no's
Cinnamon stick - 2 no's ,each 1"
Water,Oil,salt -as reqd
Curry Leaves - few 

For Spice

Red Dried Chilli - 1 no(Depending on the spice requirement)
Pepper - 1.5tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp 
Saunf - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - few

For Masala

Big Onion - 1no medium sized
Tomato - 1 no big



  • Wash and marinate the crab with turmeric powder,salt and vinegar(optional) for atleast 30 minutes.

  • In a kadai add some oil and toss with ingredients under For Spice.Let it to cool by transferring it to a wide bowl or plate.This is to be grinded.

  • In the same pan add again 1 tsp of oil and saute sliced onions and saute until cooked.Then add chopped tomatoes and cook for atleast 3 to 4 minutes in medium flame.Turn off flame.Let them cool.

  • In a mixer add the spice ingredients and grind well .Then add little amount of water and add the cooled onion and tomatoes and grind well.The paste should be so smooth.

  • In the same or another kadai add some oil and temper with green chillies,cinnamon stick and red chilli .Then add the paste and saute for a while,or until the raw smell goes off.Then add the cleaned Crabs and saute them.

  • Add some water and water to the crab ,until it is immersed well.Close the kadai with a lid and allow to cook.Once all the water has been evaporated add some oil at this stage ,to enhance the flavor.Stir well.

  • Now add the thick coconut milk and once the gravy looks like a semi-gravy consistency add curry leaves .Give a mix ,Switch off the flame.

  • It is ready to be served.Goes well with Idly,Dosa,Rasam,Curd rice and even plain rice.


  1. This is tempting me.. Looking yumm..

  2. Drooling drooling drooling.........I love crab and your recipes looks very tempting:)

  3. Excellent and mouthwatering crab curry. Excellent preparation.

  4. I normally make crab without coconut milk, would love to try this variation next time.

  5. Delicious mouthwatering nandu masal...

  6. The same here; been a long time since I cooked nandu/crabs. I''ve been searching but fresh crabs are so hard to come by. Its a lovable dish and yes to the masala coated over the tender crab pieces. Btw, am following you on blogger and liked your fb page. Appreciate if you do the same and thanks a lot.

  7. Slurp, my mouth is just watering here..A prefect side for rasam rice.

  8. Yummy crab dish. so tasty with rasam and rice. Drool worthy sidedish.

  9. Very tempting and mouthwatering crab masala ...yummy dear :)

  10. crab masala looks very delicious dear, yumm...

  11. Looks super tempting...yummy.....

  12. Hi Prethika, your crab masala look so delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a nice day.