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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43 thoughts on “Njandu (Crab) Roast”

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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..


  6. 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!!!



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

  8. 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.


  9. 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 :-) 

  10. 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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