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19th February 2019

Crab Masala Sukkem

Crab Masala Sukkem is a mildly spiced and tangy dry preparation of crabs. The dish also has some sweetness because of the use of coconut. The crab masala sukkem is served as a side with rice. The sukkem is also made with various other fish and you will find some variations on this site itself. Just do a search with the keyword ‘Sukkem’.

Serves: 4 Persons

Prep. Time: 20 Mins. (soaking)

Cooking Time: 25 to 30 Mins.


[Standard Measure: 1 cup = 250 ml]

  • Crabs – 5 to 6 med. sized
  • Coconut (grated) – ½ cup
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 2 medium
  • Green Chillies (finely chopped) – 2 to 3
  • Garlic (finely chopped) – 8 to 10 cloves
  • Green Corriander Leaves (finely chopped) – 5 tbsp.
  • Kashmiri Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp.
  • Jeera Powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Corriander Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Tamarind (soaked in ¼ cup hot water) – 1 small marble sized ball
  • Sugar – ¼ tsp.
  • Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Salt – ½ tsp. or to taste

Step 1:     Wash the crabs thoroughly under running water to remove all traces of sand or dirt particles.

Step 2:     Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a pan and add the garlic and sauté for a few seconds on medium heat. Then add the green chillies and sauté for 30 seconds. Next, add the onion and sauté for a minute. Switch to low heat.

Step 3:     Add 2 tbsp. of the chopped corriander leaves and continue sautéing on low heat till the onion is translucent.

Step 4:     Add all the powdered masalas and cook for another minute on low heat. Then add the cleaned crabs and claws. Add another 2 tbsp. of green corriander and mix well. Add the tamarind pulp and grated coconut, sugar and salt and mix lightly.

Step 5:     Cook covered for 12 to 15 minutes on low heat till the crabs are done. Garnish with the remaining 1 tbsp. of corriander.

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