How To Make Crab Masala

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21 Aug, 2007

How To Make Crab Masala
Crab Masala Recipe. Alfred Prasad, Head chef at London's Michelin- starred Tamarind, shows how to make the perfect Crab Masala. A dish to certainly saviour. Enjoy our Crab Masala recipe.

Weights & Measures:

Step 1: You will need
3 Tbsp Oil
3 Cinnamon Sticks
A sprinkling of Cloves
A sprinkling of Cardamom Pods
2 medium Onions
1 1/2 Tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 1/2 Tbsp Coriander powder
3 Tbsp Cumin powder
3 Tomatoes
A pinch or two of salt
30 oz Crab (with shell)
A bunch of Fresh Coriander leaves
1 Tbsp Tomato paste
2 chopping boards
large saucepan
large spoon
Step 2: Onions
Finely slice 2 medium sized onions.
Step 3: Fry
Warm the pan over a high heat before adding 3 tablespoons of oil. Add 3 sticks of cinnamon, a sprinkling of cardamom pods, and a sprinkling of cloves. Cook for about a minute. The oil will help extract the flavour of the spices. Add the chopped onions and cook for a further 10 minutes until golden brown. Keep stirring occasionally.
Step 4: Chop tomatoes
Chop 3 tomatoes into small pieces.
Step 5: Add ingredients
Now add 1 tablespoon and a half of ginger-garlic paste and stir well.

Then add 1 teaspoon of turmeric,

1 teaspoon of red chilli,

1 and a half large teaspoons of coriander,

and 3 large teaspoons of cumin powder.

Turn the heat down a little and stir well because dry ingredients can easily stick to the bottom of the pan.
Step 6: Add tomatoes
Now add the tomatoes. Turn up to a high heat as there is now less risk of the ingredients sticking to the bottom and burning. Stir for a further 2-3 minutes.
Step 7: Water
Add a little water and keep stirring for another 2 to 3mins. If the ingredients stick at all, add a little more water.
Step 8: Tomato paste
Add a teaspoon of tomato paste to add some colour to the sauce. Stir for a further 2 minutes
Step 9: Salt
Add half a teaspoon of salt and continue to stir
Step 10: Crab
Now add the crab. Stir until all the pieces are smothered with sauce. Turn the stove down to a low heat, add a little water, and stir. Cover and simmer for about 6-8 minutes.
Step 11: More water
Add a little water after about 5 minutes
Step 12: Coriander garnish
Chop up some coriander as a garnish.
Wash the coriander after you've chopped it. Put the leaves into a bowl of cold water and swirl them around for about 30 seconds. The freshest leaves will float to the top. Remove these from the bowl and leave to drain. Serve
Then garnish the crab masala with a sprinkle of coriander, and serve.