Njandu (Crab) Roast

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Njandu (Crab) Roast

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  • 250 gms Prawns (measured after cleaning)

To roast & grind

  • 3/4 cup Grated Coconut
  • 4 Small onion / Pearl onion (sliced)
  • 1 tsp Ginger & garlic (each, finely chopped)
  • 6 Curry leaves

For the Masala

  • 2 med - big Onion (sliced finely)
  • 2-3 Green chilli (slit lengthwise)
  • 3/4 - 1 tbsp Crushed Ginger & garlic (each)
  • 2 medium Tomato (sliced)
  • 1.5 - 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 cup Thin coconut milk / water
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Curry leaves


  • 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.
  • 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.


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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  • Hi…I tried this recipe with crabs 2 times it was delicious & awesome..full of flavours!!!!!! my husband enjoyed and he told to make weekly once .. I tried lot of recipes ( Mushroom munchurian, veg. Stew, most of mutton recipes ..,chicken recipesand snacks items etc…but I didn’t get time to send feedback. All ur recipes are very yummy. Thank you so much for your lovely recips. God bless you and your family

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • Maria..tried the recipe with prawns
    yesterday!!..it was awesome…i bet it taste the best with
    Crab…need to try sometime…

  • 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. 

    • 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..


  • 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!!!



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

  • 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 :)

    • 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.


  • 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 :-) 

  • 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.

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