30th May 2024

Crab Masala Sukkem

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.

Preparation of Crab Masala Sukkem

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.

Preparation of Crab Masala Sukkem
Preparation of Crab Masala Sukkem
Preparation of Crab Masala Sukkem

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.

Preparation of Crab Masala Sukkem

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