Crab Roast

Kochi is known for its backwaters, sea, the vivid forms of fishing and the variety of fish. Crabs are actually exotic even if it is simply boiled with a dash of salt. Crab Roast is a recipe i have been following from my mom's preparation which is in turn influenced by one of her aunt. Therefore the recipe has been passing on to generation and i would like to share it.

Crab - 500 gms
Ginger - 4 cm piece
Garlic - 10 cloves
Curry leaf - 1 sprig
Green Chilly - 1 small
Small onion - 10 to 15
Turmeric - 3/4 tsp
Chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 3/4 tsp
Cocum - 1 piece
Oil - 2 tbsp
Water - 3/4 cup
Salt - 1 to 1/4 tsp

Clean the crab and cut it into four pieces. Break the legs of the crab to let the spice in.

Add oil to a pan and add the chopped small onions. When lightly brown add chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves. Stir it until light brown and then add turmeric, chilly powder and pepper. Stir well till the raw smell is gone. Add the crab pieces and salt. Stir for a minute and then add water. Add 1 tsp salt and cocum. Cook for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Adjust salt. Serve with rice.