Monday, June 11, 2012

Chilli Crabs


Eating crab is like a big feast for us. We sure eat to utmost satisfaction. Though not often because fresh ones are hard to come by at my place and you should know how expensive they can be. Fresh for sure is the word when it is crab or any seafood for the matter. Otherwise its such a waste buying and cooking. You just can't eat for the odour will be so strong and the flesh will be sort of mushy or powdery. Then the whole dish goes into the bin. Don't forget your time and spending on the rest of the ingredients as well.


To add to the previous recipe of Spicy Crab Parathal, here's another crab dish. Also spicy but more of a Chinese style. Lip smacking I have to say.


Ingredients
1 1 /2 kg flower crabs - remove shells and cut into two pieces.
1 medium size tomato - chopped
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour (mix with 4 tbsp water)
1/4 cup oil
1 tbsp balsamic/white vinegar
2 stalks spring onion - cut into 1/2 inch length
1/2 cup water
Salt and sugar to taste 
For chilli paste(blended/grounded)
7 to 10 dried red chillies (or as preferred) - soaked till soft
2 fresh chillies
5 shallots
1 inch ginger
6 garlic

Method:
When oil is heated, fry chilli paste until aromatic and oil splits. 
Add crabs, chopped tomato, vinegar, sugar, salt and water. 
Stir and cook until crabs are nice and tender.
Pour in cornflour.
Stir and once gravy thickens up, remove from heat.
Garnish with spring onions before serving.
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26 comments:

  1. I heard tat u just poke the eyes to kill the crab...

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  2. Oh,,,i just love the way you cook the crabs,all my favorite spices ingredients on this chilli crabs sound very tasty,spicy and flavorful,welldone ,,,make my mouth watering right now :)

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  3. I love crabs too...but have yet to cook any at home since I have the fear of killing them. A friend describe how it was done and it freaked me out:(

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  4. One of my favourites ever! I used to have these at the Seafood Centres in Singapore all the time! In fact, I have a recipe of it on my site too! Do you know it's so difficult to get fresh, uncooked crabs here? I have to order it through a fishmonger in another county! Susah sekali!

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  5. This is a delicious preparation for crabs. I am sure that chilies do add a nice kick of flavor. I have never had them with this type of gravy-they look tasty!

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  6. I would never even realise this is crab, I have never seen it looping so delicious :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Nava, I have tried crab once and liked it but never ever made at home. I am scared of handling it. This one looks spicy and yummy.

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  8. I don't make crab too often, but this looks so good:)

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  9. love crab :3 but with salted egg

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  10. my hon would love this Ms.Nava..yummy and hot ;)

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  11. Are you sure?? Damm geli weii. I actually cold carbs too!

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  12. Woah! 3 -4 crabs! Nice. I love crab too but never cook it at home because like you I don't have the guts to clean it either! This chilli crab recipe sounds delicious.

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  13. I too could eat that many crabs, I love them! I cant buy live ones either, I just cant bring myself to kill them. These look pretty amazing! Super delicious.

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  14. I love crabs but have never tried cooking flower crabs in this manner. Gosh, the chilli paste looks very appetizing, dear!

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  15. I love chili crabs too, especially the gravy!

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  16. I am not too fond of sea food, mostly because i can't get myself to do the cleaning and preparation ....it intimidates me..lol. But, bravo for making these crabs at home!

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  17. I'm not sure what flower crabs are, but I'm intrigued by this. I might have to try adapting this to king crab, which is what we have here.

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  18. looks absolutely delicious & soooper tempting
    Tasty Appetite

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  19. This sounds great...such a shame I can't eat crab! Would it work with something different that's not shellfish?

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  20. i think i will never have the courage to cook a live crab ==|

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  21. I like the sweetness from the flower crabs! just that I wish they are bigger in size!

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  22. Yikes ... Cannot bring myself to kill a live creature and eat it ... Finished dish looks great, though :-)

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  23. Your chilli crabs look so delicious! I am not sure if I ever tried one before... Usually what we order in Malaysia are crabs with salted eggs or black pepper... I lived in Singapore but many years but never tried its famous chilli crabs either!

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  24. family in europe would have loved this..too bad crabs are not readily available or is veryyy expensive.hahah

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  25. I love crab, I will try this one.

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