Kakrar Jhol or Spicy Crab Curry

Crab is one of my favourite foods that I enjoy most and it is attached with many childhood memories. When we used to stay in a joint family in a huge house with almost 20 plus family members and my ‘Thakuma’ (grandmother) used to cook this. It was a wonder for me how almost black and shabby looking something turns into red and so much tasty after cooking. And when we used to sit together for having our lunch together there used to be only crackling sound of breaking of the outer hard shell of the crab. Here I’m sharing the easiest recipe of ‘Kakrar Jhol’ or Spicy Crab Curry. Later I’ll share ‘Kakrar Jhal’ with mustard and poppy seed paste. I hope you all are going to like this recipe.


  • Crab – 4 nos
  • Potato – 2 (big)
  • Onion Paste – ¼ cup
  • Ginger Paste – 2 ½ tsp
  • Garlic Paste – 1 ½ tsp
  • Tomato – 1 (Big – roughly chopped)
  • Green Chilli – 4-5 nos
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Cumin Powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder – ½ tsp
  • Mustard Oil – 6-7 Tbsp
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder – ½ tsp
  • Bay leaf – 2 nos
  • Green Cardamom – 2
  • Cinnamon – 2”
  • Clove – 2
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Salt – To taste


  1. Remove the hard shell of crab. Remove all dirt and gills. Clean them under running water. If the crabs are big in size cut them in halves. Lightly break the claws so that juices gets inside the claws.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp mustard oil in a kadai. Cut the potatoes in big chunks. Lightly fry the potatoes and keep aside.
  3. Add 2 Tbsp more oil in the kadai. Lightly fry the crabs and keep aside. You will find that crabs will turn red once they are fried.
  4. Add 2 Tbsp more oil in the kadai and temper the oil with whole garam masala, bay leaf, dry whole chilli.
  5. Add garlic paste and ginger paste and cook till raw smell goes off. Next add onion paste and cook till oil appears on sides of the pan.
  6. Next add chopped tomato and all spice powders except garam masala powder. Cook very well. If required sprinkle a little water so that powder masalas do not get burnt.
  7. Next add fried potato and crab. Season it with salt and sugar. Mix everything very well and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add 1 ½ cup of warm water. Cover and cook till potatoes are done.
  9. Remove cover sprinkle garam masala powder and few drops of ghee and you are done.
  10. Serve with hot steamed rice only.

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