Ratnagiri garlic pepper crab


This simple to prepare crab dish is serve simply and elegantly in crab shells. Ratnagiri , a little distance from Mumbai , is lush with coconut trees and seafood. Buy your crabs cooked to save the bother of cleaning fresh ones.

Monisha bharadwaj

4 freshly cooked crabs , shells set aside

2 tbs sunflower oil

1/4 tsp mustard seed

1 medium onion, finely chopped

5 curry leaves

1/2 tsp garlic paste

1 tbs dry coconut

salt and freshly ground pepper

Finely chopped cilantro (optional)

Lettuce leaves

Remove all the crabmeat from the shells and pincers, taking care to extract any tiny bits of shell. Mix together the white and brown meats . Throughly rinse the shells and let drain.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, add the onion and stir until translucent.

Add the curry leaves and garlic paste. Stir.

Add the coconut and crabmeat and stir lightly until heated through. Season to taste.

Pile the mixture into the cleaned crab shells , garnish with some chopped cilantro if you like, and serve warm on a bed of lettuce.

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