Thursday, July 8, 2010

Crab Upma (Nandu Upma)

We bought crabs and i want to try something new with crab from my usual things of crab masala, crab curry. so i tried crab upma.In this, i used only the crab meat and instead of  the whole crab and it came out really nice. People who is afraid to see the claws of the crab also likes this dish, as the meat alone is used to prepare this dish. 

  • Crab - 6 (big)
  • Mustard seeds - a pinch
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cloves - 4
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 (crushed into pieces)
  • Star anise - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Black gram - 1/2 tsp
  • Bengal Gram - 1 tsp
  • Green chillies - 3 (cut lengthwise)
  • Onion - 2 (chopped nicely)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (if more spicy is needed)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Sesame oil - 2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Lime juice/Vinegar - 1/2 tsp
  • Cook the crab with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and little salt.
  • When the crabs becomes soft, remove it from stove and allow it to cool.
  • Remove the crab meat alone from the body and the bigger claws and keep it in a bowl.
  • In a kadai, add oil, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, cardamom.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add the black gram and bengal gram and fry.
  • When they becomes slight red colour, add the onions, ginger garlic paste, green chillies, curry leaves and saute well.
  • When the onions becomes brown colour, add the crab meat, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, salt and cook for 3 mts.
  • Before switching off the stove add the vinegar or lime juice.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot as side dish.

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