Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rasam With Crab Legs

Rasam with crab legs? ahhh!!! surely popular among the Indians as a traditional remedy for flu and cold. That which I have also repeated in Rasam And Benefits. This one with crab legs is even more super powerful. Don't ask me to explain why for I've been told by my grandma and then of course my mum. Its like an open secret. I think not only for us but for other Indians too.

Alright. This rasam requires more work. Yes, anything made traditionally is about pounding/grinding. I don't have the batu giling, so I used the batu tumbuk/mortar. Its simply loveable with the loved traditional flavours. On its own or with rice and raw Indian salad - cucumber, red onion and salt mixed with yoghurt.

1 tbsp black pepper (more or less. adjust as per taste)
1 tsp cumin seeds.
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp white dhal/ulundu
*Soaked in water for 10 to 15 mins. 
Other ingredients
1 bowl small crab legs
1 medium size tomato (sliced thinly)
6 pips garlic (remove skin and smashed) 
1 medium size onion (sliced)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp assam/tamarind juice (or per taste)
3 to 4 sprigs curry leaves
3 dried red chillies (break into pieces)
1 tsp mustard seeds.
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste
Drain off water from spices and pound roughly in a mortar.
Add onion, garlic and tomatoes.
Pound for a coarse paste.
Remove and keep aside.
Now, put crab legs and pound to crack up them up.
Just gently will do. 
Remove and keep aside.
In heated oil, add spice mixture, crab legs and tomato.
Stir for 3-4 mins until legs are light reddish. 
Add curry leaves, dried chillies, mustard seeds, turmeric powder and salt,
Stir, pour 1 litre water and tamarind juice.
Simmer over low heat.
When rasam is heated through, remove pot from heat.
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  1. wow... good recipe :). I love crab legs

  2. Wow!! wht a flavorful rasam. yummy....

  3. Wow Nandu rasam... My favorite.... I actually add the body also.... Very nice dear... ��

  4. You what Nava...I'm drooling over your pics....crabs are my favourite..we too use crab legs juice to make crab curry...this is my kind of rasam..loved it to the core...


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