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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Crab Meat Podimas Recipe | Crab Meat Burji | Nandu Podimas | Njandu Podimas

As mentioned in the Crab Masala post, cooking and eating crab is very new to me since mom doesn't cook crab.   I am very afraid to handle crabs and prawns while cooking. When we were in Chennai, our weekend shopping usually ends up with a lunch in Anjappar:) And during each visit, I order something new just to explore the dishes I am not familiar with. Once I ordered this crab meat podimas and it tasted too good. I was asking about this recipe to a person who was working there, he gave me some tips for the preparation and ingredients involved. The next weekend, I ordered crab meat in Supreme Seafood since I am not good at cleaning. They delivered me the fresh crab meat and I prepared this on the same day. It came out very well and here is the recipe for you:

Crab Meat -  250 grams 
Onion - 1 (Chopped finely)
Tomato - 1 (Chopped finely)
Garlic - 4 cloves (Crushed) 
Green Chilli - 1 (Chopped finely) 
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp 
Pepper Powder - 1 tsp 
Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp 
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp 
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs 
Coriander leaves - few
Oil - 1 tbsp 
Fennel Seeds  - 1 tsp   
Salt - as required 
1.Chop the onion, tomato, green chilli and coriander leaves finely. Crush the garlic and get the crab meat ready. (See points to remember section). In a pan, add the oil and allow the fennel seeds to fry for a minute.
2.Then add the chopped onion and sprinkle a little salt. Once the onion turns transparent, add the chopped green chilli and crushed garlic. Saute it for few minutes and then add the chopped tomato.
3. Add the ginger garlic paste and once the tomato turns mushy, add the crab meat. Then add the chilli powder, turmeric powder and pepper powder.
4. Mix it all together and sprinkle the curry leaves. It is not required to add water while cooking since the crab leaves out enough water. Add required salt, cover and cook the crab for 10 to 12 minutes until the crab turns tender and the water content is dried up completely. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
Serve the yummy crab podimas with steamed rice and any curry of your choice. I Served it with Fish Curry.
Points to remember:
  • I got the uncooked crab meat(flesh) from a fish shop. If you are not able to get it like that, then boil the cleaned crab with enough water along with salt and turmeric powder. After it gets cooked(approximately 5 to 7 minutes), allow it to cool completely. Drain the water and remove the shell, take out  the meat/ flesh carefully and set it aside.
  • The pepper flavour should dominate to get yummy restaurant style podimas, so don't skip the pepper. 
  • You can also replace onion with shallots(small onion) for better flavour.
  • It is time consuming to remove the meat from the shell, but it is worth trying. 
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya


  1. Priya (www.asmallbite.com)
    Though I am a vegetarian,clicks look good.

  2. Priya (www.asmallbite.com)
    Though I am a vegetarian,clicks look good.


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