Crab XEC XEC (Shek Shek) - Authentic Goan Curry

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May. 17, 2018

Crab XEC XEC (Shek Shek) - This beloved Goan to the core recipe has a strange name but BIG on flavor. Crab Xec Xec or Shek Shek as its called is made by roasting Spices, Coconut, Onions, Ginger Garlic together and simmering crab in it. The contrast between the roasted masala or spice blend with the sweetness of the Crab is heavenly.


For the crabs:
Crabs 1 Kilogram (about 2 lbs)
Salt 1 Tablespoon
Turmeric 1/2 Teaspoon
For the spice blend:
Kashmiri chilies 12
Coriander seeds 2 Teaspoon
Black peppercorns 2 Teaspoon
Cumin 1 Teaspoon
Cloves 6
Grated coconut 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Diced onion 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Ginger piece 1 Inch
Garlic 6 Clove (30 gm)
Tamarind paste 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Water 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
For the crab curry:
Coconut oil 2 Tablespoon
Onion slices 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Sliced green chilies 2 Tablespoon
Turmeric 1/2 Teaspoon
Water 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Finely chopped coriander 2 Tablespoon (for garnish)



1.If using frozen crab, make sure its defrosted and rinse well before adding salt and turmeric and leave aside.

2.Soak the tamarind in hot water, once soaked remove any seeds.

3.In a tava or pan, roast the whole spices, followed by the coconut till brown and then add the onion, ginger & garlic.

4.Make a powder spice blend by adding the Kashmiri chillies after theyve been de stemmed and de seesed together with all the other whole spices.

5.Add the coconut, onion, ginger and garlic, soaked tamarind and the water as needed to blend to a smooth paste.

6.Heat up a saute pan and add the coconut oil, and saute the sliced onion and green chilli slices.

7.Once the onion is golden brown, add the masala or spice blend together with the turmeric and allow to heat up.

8.Add the crab and salt to taste.

9.Add water to the processor and add this in as well.

10.Cook the crab for about 7 mins on each side.


11.Serve with rice and a simple salad.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
Servings: 3