Crab Xacuti - Spiced Coconut Curry - Kravings

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May. 22, 2019

Crab curry is one of my favorite things! It's a perfect Sunday family lunch. Everyone sits around the table with mounds of rice tearing apart at the crustaceans with their fingers. The gravy is a balance between the roasted spices and coconut. This makes a rich gravy and is simply delicious! Hailing from coastal Goa, try this simple and authentic recipe!


For masala:
Kashmiri chillies 10
Coriander seeds 1 Tablespoon
Peppercorns 1/2 Teaspoon
Cinnamon piece 1 Inch
Star anise 1
Green cardamoms 2
Cloves 5
Fennel 1/2 Teaspoon
White poppy seeds 2 Teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Sliced onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Garlic 8 Clove (40 gm)
Coconut oil 2 Tablespoon
Grated coconut 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Turmeric 1/2 Teaspoon
Water 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (or as required)
For crab coconut curry:
Diced onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Jaggery 2 Teaspoon
Crabs 1 Kilogram
Tamarind pieces 2 Inch (soaked in 1/2 cup of hot water)
Chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon



1. Roast the whole spices and red chillies and remove to cool.


2. Add the onion, garlic and chillies.

3. Add the turmeric and some water and grind it to a smooth paste.

4. Melt some coconut oil, and saute the onions.

5. Add the masala paste and saute.

6. Add salt and jaggery.

7. Add the crabs.

8. Add the water, more salt and the tamarind paste.

9. Cover and cook.

10. Garnish with coriander leaves before serving.


11. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 6