Best Goan Crab Caldine, Caldeen Or Caldinho Ever

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Oct. 28, 2020

This Crab Caldine gravy is stellar, and is made by grinding coriander seeds, cumin, peppercorns, onions, red chillies, tamarind and coconut to make a golden yellow curry paste, a beautiful gravy bath for the crab to cook in.


Crabs 500 Gram
Turmeric 1/4 Teaspoon
Crab masala:
Kashmiri chillies 2
Peppercorns 1 Teaspoon
Coriander seeds 1 Teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm)
Onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Shredded coconut 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon
Tamarind 15 Gram (use as required)
Water 2 1/2 Cup (40 tbs)
Coconut oil 1 Tablespoon
Finely diced onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Green chillies 3
Salt To Taste



1. Wash and clean the crabs if required and add the Turmeric and rub this all over the crab

2. Lightly toast the dried chillies, cumin & coriander seeds and peppercorns, cool and then grind to a powder

3. In a food processor add the garlic, onions and coconut

4. Add the turmeric and the tamarind and start with 1/2 cup of water and process

5. Strain this separating the liquid from the solids

6. Process the solids adding more water 2 - 3 times till you get a nice bowl of silky gravy

7. In a large pot, melt the coconut oil and saute the diced onion and slit green chillies

8. Add the crab and allow it to roast for a minute and then pour the silken gravy over and allow the crabs to cook for 15 - 20 mins

9. Add salt to taste


10. Serve & Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4