Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Indian Crab Soup/Nandu Rasam

Indian Crab Soup, aka Nandu Rasam. Yes, crab claws or legs into this Indian soup. Remember the humble plain and simple Rasam I have already shared with all of you? That's right. Of course, we shouldn't doubt the humbleness and simplicity of plain rasam, but trust me, crab claws or legs, no matter how big or small they are, they do pretty much elevate rasam to a higher above level. The double doze of double packing healthy power as a remedy for cold and flu or maybe even other benefits as well maybe. Anything else should I say? I guess not. Except, you should give a go this my version of Indian Crab Soup/Nandu Rasam.

1 tbsp black pepper (more or less. adjust as per taste)
1 tsp cumin seeds.
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp white dhal/ulundu
*Soak in water for 10 to 15 mins. 
Other ingredients
1 bowl small crab legs
1 medium size tomato (slice thinly)
6 garlic (remove skin and smash) 
1 medium size onion (slice)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp assam/tamarind juice (or per taste)
3 to 4 sprigs curry leaves
3 dried red chillies (broken to pieces)
1 tsp mustard seeds.
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste
Drain water from spices and pound roughly in a mortar.
Add onion, garlic and tomatoes.
Pound again for a coarse paste.
Remove and keep aside.
Now, put in crab legs in the same batu tumbuk/mortar and pound to lightly crack them up.
Just gently will do. 
Remove and keep aside.
In heated oil, add pounded spice mixture, crab legs and tomato.
Stir for 3-4 mins over low heat 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 from heat.


  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...

  5. Wonderful dish, Nava! If only I'm living next door....... xoxo


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