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Mauritian Crab Curry Delight: A Coastal Recipe

Ultimate Mauritian Crab Curry Recipe: A Coastal Delight

Crab curry is more than just a dish; it's a journey to the coastal shores where the air is salted and the flavors are as deep as the ocean. This ultimate crab curry recipe encapsulates the essence of the sea, blending spices, and succulence of crab into a culinary masterpiece. Perfect for seafood lovers seeking to explore the rich tapestry of coastal cuisine, this recipe promises an unforgettable dining experience.

A bowl of delicious Mauritian crab curry
Mauritian Crab Curry


  • Crab (1 kg, cleaned and cut into pieces)

  • Onion (1 large, finely chopped)

  • Tomatoes (2 medium, pureed)

  • Ginger-garlic paste (1 tablespoon)

  • Green chilies (2, slit)

  • Tamarind pulp (1 tablespoon)

  • Coconut milk (1 cup)

  • Turmeric powder (1/2 teaspoon)

  • Red chili powder (1 teaspoon)

  • Coriander powder (2 teaspoons)

  • Cumin seeds (1 teaspoon)

  • Mustard seeds (1/2 teaspoon)

  • Curry leaves (A sprig)

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Oil (2 tablespoons)

  • Coriander leaves (for garnishing)

Preparation Method

Making the Masala Paste

  1. Blend for Flavour: In a blender, combine the chopped onions, tomato puree, ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and coriander powder with a little water to make a smooth paste.

Cooking the Curry

  1. Tempering Spices: Heat oil in a large pot. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and curry leaves, allowing them to splutter and release their aromas.

  2. Sautéing Base: Add the prepared masala paste to the pot. Sauté on medium heat until the oil begins to separate from the masala.

  3. Adding Crab: Incorporate the crab pieces into the pot, coating them well with the masala. Cook for about 5 minutes, ensuring the crab is well-infused with the spices.

  4. Simmering with Tamarind: Mix in the tamarind pulp and add water as needed to adjust the consistency of the curry. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

  5. Creaminess from Coconut: Pour in the coconut milk, bringing the curry to a gentle simmer. Do not boil vigorously to prevent the coconut milk from curdling.

  6. Final Touches: Season with salt. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this exquisite Mauritian crab curry hot, accompanied by steamed rice or fluffy naan bread for a complete meal. The creamy coconut milk, tangy tamarind, and aromatic spices blend harmoniously, offering a symphony of flavors with every bite.

This ultimate crab curry recipe is a tribute to the coastal cuisine's depth and diversity. By following this meticulously crafted guide, you invite the essence of the sea to your dining table, promising a memorable gastronomical journey. Whether it's a special occasion or a simple family dinner, this crab curry is sure to impress.

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