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GOK #8: Kerala Crab Roast

GOK #8:  Kerala Crab Roast
This is for all the hot and spicy food lovers out there ..Enjoy!!

Crab-cleaned- 250 gms
Onion-sliced- 1 cup( 2 small)
Green chilies-cut vertically- 1 no( or to taste)
Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
Tomato-chopped- 1/2 cup(1 medium)
Thick coconut milk- 1/4 cup
Water- as required
Salt- to taste
Oil- as required
For masla paste
Ginger- 1/2 " piece
Garlic- 2 cloves
Shallots- 4 to 5 nos
Kashmiri chili powder- 3/4 to 1 tbsp(See notes)
Coriander powder- 1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp( see notes)
Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp
Water- as required

Grind together all the ingredients listed under 'For masala paste' to form a thick paste.Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add onion,green chilies and curry leaves.Saute until it turns golden brown ,on a medium low flame.
Add the masala paste and cook over a medium low flame,stirring continuously, for 4 to 5 minutes or until oil separates.
Add finely chopped tomato and cook until it turns soft and oil separates.Add salt to taste.
Add crab , 1/2 cup water ( or more if required) and mix well.Cover and cook until it is done.Uncover and cook until gravy turns thick.
Add coconut milk and mix well.Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the gravy coats the crab pieces.
Add more curry leaves ,if desired.
Serve with rice or chapathi.

For best results use homemade garam masala.
This is a spicy crab preparation,I used 1 tbsp kashmiri chili powder ,  1/2 tsp black pepper powder and 1 green chili.You can adjust the spice level according to your taste.

Courtesy:  Usha Rani