Friday, July 1, 2016

Indian Style Crab Soup

Hi there foodies, 
How have all of you been? Hopefully, you are feeling as positive as I am and hopefully you have been cooking as well. I of course have not stopped cooking (Ennai Kathrikai Kulumbu/Brinjal CurryBanana Flower Stir Fried, Beetroot Raita, Indian Fish Achar & Curry Leaves Potato Chips). I suppose when you work from home, laziness shouldn't be the lame excuse not to cook. Of course not. I should at least try to put a simple meal for the eating pleasure of my other half-half. But please, don't read me wrongly. I am not the most obedient wife, neither I am someone my other half-half can treat as a door mat, but logically, when our Indian love and Indian marriage is a concern, a home cooked meal is forever appreciated by my Indian husband. This poor man of mine, I tell you, have been eating out for the years I was working full-time. I can imagine how unhealthy and tiring it would have been for him. So, maybe its like I am trying to make up for the lost time. No point living in regret. We are not young anymore. He is already in his late fifties and I am trending 5 years behind him. No point crying buckets of tear when our spouses expectedly or unexpectedly depart to after world. For me, my way of showing my sincere love is by cooking for him. 

Anything literally goes for a home cooked meal for both of us (Pepper Garlic Rasam, Fish Sodhi/Coconut StewTomato Vegetable Soup, Indian Onion Soup & Hot Masala Lentil Soup). Pretty much a decent home cooked meal can be anything, but still within the boundary of what he will eat or not (Indian Chicken Stew). On this particular day, I thought I will give him a surprise without him realising that a pot of Indian Style Crab Soup has been slowly brewing in my kitchen. His favorite. All time favorite. Cooked alongside various types of spices, and that bit of heat from chilli flakes and pepper, this Indian Crab Soup truly I believe won't even let you down. Don't get confused please. Not the same as the previous Nandu Rasam nor Crab Legs Pepper Soup. After all, there's millions of ways to an Indian Style Crab Soup. I just coined another version of mine (Fried Crab Sticks, Crab Curry, Chilli Crabs & Black Pepper Crab).    

8 crab claws - lightly crack
5 shallots - smashed
6 garlic - smashed
1/2 inch ginger - smashed
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tbsp cumin powder
1/2 tbsp fennel powder
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 bay leaves
1 tomato -slice thinly
Tamarind juice or lime juice - as needed
Chilli flakes - as needed
Crushed black pepper - as needed
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

Heat oil.
Saute shallots, garlic and ginger.
Add crab claws.
Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add coriander powder, cumin powder, fennel powder, turmeric powder, curry leaves, bay leaves and tomato.
Stir and cook over low heat to combine all the ingredients together (say for 2 to 3 minutes)

Pour 1 1/2 litre of water (or as needed).
Stir and let it simmer.
Once soup is heated through, season with tamarind juice, chilli flakes, crushed black pepper and salt.

Stir and remove from heat.

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  1. I love crab so this it something I will eat and serve to my guest.

  2. It's pouring heavily here and I want this soup now..just too crabs and this soup is jus yummy

  3. I love crab and this must be very delicious!

  4. After your travelogues love reading this recipe too

  5. I like crab but never made crab soup.. your pics and recipe are motivating me to try it.... Looks so tempting.... :)

  6. Will be excellent for those with dengue

  7. It has been long since I have cooked crab, and your dish looks yummy.

  8. recipe is new to me...but love the clicks esp the first one

  9. That's certainly very innovative! Have a lovely week, babe! xoxo

  10. i don't eat crab and see food very rarely bt my mom n brother will enjoy this one.. looks delicious and simple to make

  11. So much crab going on here I am loving it.
    Growing old together without any argument is no fun Nava. Let the distance make ur hearts grow fonder.Waiting for ur travelogue.

  12. This is a must try. Warm soothing bowl for winter

  13. Ooh! Welcoming and warming for these cold nights.. yumm!


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