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Crab Xec Xec – Goan Crab Curry

2.91 from 33 votes


  • 2 lbs of Crab
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • Spice blend
  • 12 Kashmiri Chillies
  • 2 tsps Coriander seeds
  • 2 tsps black Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cup fresh grated Coconut
  • 1 cup diced Onion
  • 1 inch piece Ginger
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 inch ball Tamarind in ½ cup hot Water
  • 1 cups Water approx.
  • 2 tbsps of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of sliced
  • 2 tbsps sliced green Chillies
  • ½ a tsp of Turmeric
  • ½ cup Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander to garnish


  • If using frozen crab, make sure it’s defrosted and rinse well before adding salt and turmeric and leave aside
  • Soak the tamarind in hot water, once soaked remove any seeds
  • In a tava or pan, roast the whole spices, followed by the coconut till brown and then add the onion, ginger & garlic
  • Make a powder spice blend by adding the Kashmiri chillies after they’ve been de stemmed and de seesed together with all the other whole spices
  • Add the coconut, onion, ginger and garlic, soaked tamarind and the water as needed to blend to a smooth paste
  • Heat up a saute pan and add the coconut oil, and saute the sliced onion and green chilli slices
  • Once the onion is golden brown, add the masala or spice blend together with the turmeric and allow to heat up
  • Add the crab and salt to taste
  • Add water to the processor and add this in as well
  • Cook the crab for about 7 mins on each side
  • Serve with rice and a simple salad