Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pepper Basil Crabs

Remember the Spicy Crab Parathal and Chilli Crab?. Absolutely, those two dishes cooked with chillies are a favourite, then again, there's always a different style without compromising on the spiciness. This latest recipe, as the name suggest, black pepper and green chillies for the heat and to further elevate the taste and aroma, a handful of fresh sweet basil leaves . 

6 medium size flower crabs - remove shell and cut into two pieces
3 green chillies - slice into 4-5 pieces
1 tbsp lime juice
A handful Thai sweet basil leaves (or replace with coriander leaves)
1/2 cup water.
Salt for taste

To blend/ground
1 inch ginger
1 inch fresh turmeric (can replace with turmeric powder)
5 shallots
1-2 tbsp black peppercorns
** Add some water and blend these ingredients for a smooth paste

When oil is heated, fry paste till aromatic and oil splits
Add crabs and stir into the paste.
Pour 1/2 cup of water (more water for more gravy), stir and simmer till crabs are cooked.  
Add chillies, basil leaves, lime juice and salt . 
Stir all together for a couple of minutes and dish out. 
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  1. Just saw this on FB, had to pop in and see the recipe. Looks yum. I think I'll make this for dinner tonight but with prawns, can't get raw crabs easily! Hope you're ok!

  2. Nava, I have tried crab meat once some time back in Sushi, I can't recall the taste. But what I remember is that I said I can try crab meat only in patties as long as I don't have to hold and bite. Its a matter of preference my husband relish as you said biting and digging. Your curry sounds flavorful,though.

  3. What an incredibly gourmet dish my friend :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Crabs is one of my favourite seafood.

    Sigh...duno why this few months whenever, i eat seafood i will have rashes. Allergic? Hmmm but previously no such problem :(

  5. Anything with basil is always yummy to me. Yet to cook any crabs since I don't know how to kill a crab.

  6. i'm gonna try this recipe someday!! look's yummy i love crabs specially black pepper cooked style :D

  7. I use to make it the same way except I add coconut milk to it.


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