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Crab Xec Xec

Crab Xec Xec
This is one of the traditional Goan Crab Curry dish wherein you make the use of pre-roasted spices and grinding them to a paste. It has a nice spicy flavour and goes great with steamed rice and can also be enjoyed with bread or phulkas.
Ingredients Quantity
Crabs 2 med.
Coconut Grated – 100 gm
Garlic Cloves Peeled – 8 nos
Garlic Chopped – 4 nos.
Onions Chopped – 1 no.
Fresh Chillies 2 nos.
Ginger Chopped – ½ inch pc.
Red Chillies (Dried) 06 nos.
Pepper corns 6nos.
Vinegar 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder ½ tsp
Cumin Seeds ½ tsp
Oil 2 tbsp
Tamarind  – small ball
Salt to taste  
Preparation Method:

  • Clean and wash the crabs. Throw the shell and insides.
  • Crack the claws and cut the body in half.
  • Grind together the coconut, cumin, garlic, dried red chilies, turmeric and peppercorns with 50 ml of water to get a coarse paste.
  • Place the mixture in a cloth and squeeze out the milk till it is dry and then set aside the milk and discard the paste.
  • Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed pot and fry the onions till they are soft.
  • Add the fresh chillies, ginger and garlic and continue to stir on medium heat till they start to change colour.
  • Add the crab and stir them till they are pink. Add the coconut extract, vinegar, tamarind paste and salt and simmer for twenty minutes till the crabs are cooked through.
  • Bring the sauce to a rapid boil for half a minute and taste and adjust the seasonings if required. Simmer till the gravy is thickened to your liking.
  • Remove from the heat and serve.