Njandu (Crab) Roast

Njandu (Crab) Roast

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Do you believe in impression management? Hhhmm I’m not quite sure whether I’m for or against it. I mean, I’m against faking & portraying myself as something which I’m not but at the same time I dont want total strangers to see the meaner side of me ;) So, that puts me somewhere in the middle. As per Jose, that’s a no man’s land, because you can’t be lukewarm. You should be either hot or cold.

Anyways, what I was trying to say is that, if you want to impress somebody with your cooking skills, this recipe is a sure bet. I’ve posted quite a few prawns recipes, but prawns roast was the one which did the impression management trick for me with the guests. I was slowly getting bored with it. That’s when this video appeared on my FB page. This is my friend Ligy’s mother-in-law’s recipe. The original recipe uses crab, but I wanted to try with prawns. I checked with Ligy & she gave me a green flag for the prawns & you see the end result here.

I dont know whether I’ve told you this before… when I try certain recipes, I’m kinda restless till I post it here. Of course, I like all the recipes that I post here & I just dont post recipes for the sake of it. But with some recipes, I’m so excited with the outcome that I just wanna share it with you at the earliest. So go ahead and try this!

I’ve got  requests for Crab recipes & I guess this recipe should solve that. A big thank you to Ligy & her MIL for sharing this wonderful recipe. Btw, this post is named as crab roast (though I’ve used prawns) to avoid confusing it with the prawns roast recipe posted earlier. Hope I didn’t confuse you more ;)

Please visit epathram to see Malayalam version of this recipe.

Here you go…

Njandu (Crab) Roast
 
Ingredients
  • Prawns – 250 gm, after cleaning
To roast & grind
  • Coconut – ¾ cup
  • Small onion – 4, sliced
  • Ginger & garlic – 1 tsp each, finely chopped
  • Curry leaves – 6 leaves
For the Masala
  • Onion – 2 med-big, sliced finely
  • Green chilli – 2-3, slit lengthwise
  • Ginger & garlic – ¾ – 1 tbsp each, crushed
  • Tomato – 2, sliced
  • Kashmiri chilli powder – 1½ – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Thin coconut milk/water – 1 cup
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pan & roast the ingredients listed under ‘to roast & grind’. Roast it till the coconut becomes dark brown colour. Make sure the coconut doesnt get burnt. Let it cool completely. Grind it into a smooth powder without adding any water. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a deep pan & add finely sliced onions. Cook till the onions turn brown. Add crushed ginger & garlic & green chilli. Cook for a few minutes. Add Kashmiri chilli powder & turmeric powder. Cook for a few mins till the raw smell goes. Add sliced tomatoes, salt & curry leaves. Cook till the tomatoes become soft & oil starts appearing. Add cleaned prawns & mix well. Add thin coconut milk/water & give a good mix. Cover and cook. Cook till the prawns is done & the gravy is almost dried. Add the ground roasted coconut & mix well. Remove from gas. Serve hot with rice/pulao/roti.
Notes
As I’ve mentioned in the write up, this is a crab recipe, so you can substitute prawns with crab. The original recipe uses water for cooking the crab. I used thin coconut milk for a richer coconut flavor.

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  • http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com Torviewtoronto

    delicious looking curry wonderfully done

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you!

  • Rinku

    Good one Maria. First I saw the pic and was confused. Was thinking what kind of crabs are these. :)  It was nice to read ur post. Looks like a superb masala roast.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      hahhaha…. hope I didnt confuse you. thanks dear :)

  • Ligy Arun

    Maria … We have never tried it with prawns.. anyway as u have guaranteed the taste, will try it for sure.. it luks so yummy and as usual ur pic makes anyone drool :-) keep it up :-) 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you very much sweetie :) Try out the prawns version sometime, I hope you like it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shema George

    Looks delicious Maria!
    Shema George LifeScoops

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Shema!

  • Shema George

    Looks delicious Maria!
    Shema George LifeScoops

  • Soumya

    Hi Maria…There seems to be a mix up The header reads Crab roast but the recipe is a prawn recipe.. Could u pls chk.. Thanks :) Eagerly awaiting the crab recipe :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Soumya,

      Kindly note that there is no mix up. I’ve explained it in the write up & Notes section of the recipe. Please read the same.

      I do hope you like the recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anonymous

    The recipe sounds delicious. Crab is virtually unknown territory for me, hence the prawn substitution is just great.  :) Loved it.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ann,

      Same with me too, I havent experimented with crab yet. Hope you get to try this out sometime…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Simrosh

    Hi maria,i tried the same wth prawns yesterday nd my hubby Roshan loved it so much!!!! Plannning to try wth crab vry soon!!Thnxs 4 ds delicious recipe!!!3 cheers 2 u!!!

    Luv

    Simi.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Simi,

      Great, that was really fast :) I’m glad that you liked it. Thanks a bunch dear for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Januv

    Hi Maria, i tried your recipes first with scrambled egg curry and my grown up girls and hubby loved it. Later i tried few more and all are so happy. Definitely i will try this too and it looks superb. Can you pls mention the quantity of crab as per the recipe. You are doing an excellent job. 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Januv,

      Thanks a lot for the comment! I’m happy that the recipes were liked by your family. I think you can try this recipe for crab with almost same qty as prawns.

      Hope you like this..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.swapnascuisine.com Swapna

    Roast looks delicious.. will try this one soon :)…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Swapna :)

  • Dianaalex243

    Hi Maria,
      can i try with lobster?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Diana,

      I guess you can :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Smi_abr

    made kallappam with ur recipe.it was good

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you!

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Rose,

    Thanks a bunch dear! Nice to know that the recipe worked well for you :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • elsa

    excellent recipe maria .first time making crabs.two thumbs up.thanks.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Elsa,

      Nice to know that this recipe worked well for you. Thanks for the comment :)

      Wish you a Merry Xmas!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Drasghar

    hey this is crab roast nt prawwns

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Drasghar,

      Please read the write up given in the beginning.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • rhea

    hi maria…i tried this recipe wit crabs ydy and the result was great,..it tasted awesome..full of flavours!!!!!!  my husband has asked me to learn this recipe and never forget it..thanx a lot dear and keep posting such splendid recipes..3 cheers!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rhea,

      Thank you dear for the wonderful feedback! Really happy to know that this recipe worked well for you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Florimdcruz

    sorry maria, njandu is not prawns

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Flori,

      The title can be a bit confusing, please read the write up, I’ve explained it there. Yeah I know, njandu is not prawns :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • rasheeda badarudeen

    hi maria,i used to see foodfood channel for new dishes bcause it was easy in learning.but accidentally while i was surfing the net for new dishes i saw ur site.really excellent .very easy to follow and had everything that i truly needed.really a nice attempt by u ,keep it up.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rasheeda,

      Thanks a lot dear for the nice comment :) Really happy to know that you find this space useful.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mahi

    great recipe ..loved it

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Mahi :)

  • surya

    title njandu roast ,,,,,,,,, but ingredient prawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!b why such a contrast??????????????

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Surya, I’ve explained it in the write up. Please do read it for the explanation.
      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tina

    Must try recipe.!! Came out well maria.Prawns lovers should try this recipe .Im sure will be great with crab.thak you maria dear for sharing this with us.God bless

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tina,

      How are you?

      Thanks a bunch dear for sharing your feedback here. I’m really happy you liked this recipe..

      Cheers
      Maria

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