Nandu kulambu - crab curry

Nandu kulambu – crab curry

 Crab Curry / Nandu Kulambu / South Indian Crab Curry – Finger licking and tasty. This is a native style spicy gravy from Tamilnadu. I have prepared this kulambu in a very easy method as any one can prepare and enjoy. I have not added any ground masalas, no coconut, no tamarind but included the Indian spice powders to get the authentic taste of a chettinad style kuzhambu. Am damn sure that you will love the taste of the kulambu and the flavor. you can just prepare this nandu kulambu in a minimum of 30 mins.

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Nandu kulambu – crab curry in chettinad taste

My hubby like this kulambu very much and me too loved the taste to the core. It really tastes good because of all the spice powders added and also the ground ginger and garlic paste. And also to get a nice kulambu or gravy you need to saute the onion and tomatoes well till it leaves oil. Sea foods usually tastes good when it is fresh so choose the crab accordingly and enjoy the kulambu.

Chettinad style Crab gravy

My mother-in-law style crab gravy

Nandu kulambu - crab curry

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Dish
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Kg Crab
  • 2 -3 tbsp Sesame oil / எள் எண்ணெய்
  • 100 - 150 gms peeled shallots
  • 1 big chopped onion
  • fresh curry leaves and coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp Ginger and garlic peeled and crushed
  • 5 Tomatoes / தக்காளி Chopped or pureed
  • 2-3 tsp Chilly Powder / மிளகாய் தூள்
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder / மல்லித்தூள்
  • 1 tbsp fennel powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder / சீரகத் தூள்
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder / மஞ்சள் தூள்
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • Required salt.


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