Summers are here, venturing outside is nothing less than walking into a sauna, Hot and Humid! In the last few days,the heat has gotten worse!While at the local supermarket, I was wondering what different to make this week.I love variety, and try my best to make something different(though predominantly indian) every day. When we were kids, things were different. Dad was a chef extraordinaire! He is still, though we are not around him all through the year to enjoy his delicasies..starting from Indian, Chinese,Continental, He’s tried and excelled at all. He introduced us to the various smells and feels in the kitchen-and always insisted that what tasted good, must look better. Presentation was everything! Mum is a fabulous cook as well, but Dad just is a step ahead!
When i was grazing through the fish section, these luscious crabs caught my attention. I have never cooked Crab myself in Dubai Mr Z is not a great fan,but I love them. I have been in Dubai since the past 6 years and havent tried a lobster dish here. Sad is my story ;) , back to my tale, I took three of these gorgeous looking clawed creatures home, and decided to make Mom’s special= Crab roast.
The recipe is not complete without a brief conversation with her which lasted half an hour ;) nevertheless, I think she was proud that I was gonna make her special she even called in later to check how it had turned out! Well crab-e-licious.. Mum’s recipe’s never fail-do they?
So here goes
3 crabs (Cleaned and steamed with half a cup of water,pinch of salt and turmeric(for about 10 mins))
onions - 2 medium-sized
turmeric powder-1/2 tspn
chilli powder- 1 tsp
ginger garlic paste- 1 tspn
green chillies – 1 chopped
pepper powder-1 tsp
oil 1 tsp
salt – to taste
You could also add a medium-sized tomato - I like mine without it.
Pour oil into pan, add ginger garlic , stir for a minute. Add onions and curry leaves and saute till onions turn light brown. add chillies and cook for another 5 minutes in a medium flame . Add the masala - chilli, turmeric and pepper with salt.the raw smell of the masala will vanish after 3 minutes or so, add half a cup of water(in case there is water left behind in the steamed crab , you can avoid adding more water) add crabs, put lid on and cook for another 5-10 minutes till the sauce is absorbed by the crabs.
Serve hot with rice!