Toddy Shop Crab Roast


Toddy Shop Crab Roast

Toddy Shop Crab Roast is an exceptional and tasty delicacy among seafood items in Kerala. Very popular in toddy shops, the dish is highly spiced, hot and tangy flavored. In toddy or ‘Kallu’ shops, the Crab Roast is served as a side dish with mashed tapioca. Toddy Shop Crab Roast is unique and special with boiled or cooked crab blended or roasted with a spicy tangy aromatic mixture. The Crab Roast can be easily prepared at home with locally available ingredients. Crabs are nutritious, low in saturated fat and rich in vital ingredients required for body. You can explore a well detailed Toddy Shop Crab Roast here.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • Some Thoughts ---------------------
  • It tastes better if we can cut crab to 2 from centre and detach the 2 legs. Get the crab cleaned properly. Put it in salt water + turmeric for 10 minutes to clean. I have tasted Crab from lots of seafood restaurants. Believe me, you can make this by yourselves which tastes much much better. The essence of the taste comes from the combination of pepper+crab juice+ tomato
  • The cooking is done in two stage --------------------------------------- 1 - Baking/boiling the crab 2 - Roasting it
  • Explaining each stages.
  • Stage 1 - Baking:-
  • Boil 2-3 litres of water (Quantity enough to Dip the crab pieces).
  • Put 1 tsp salt in water.
  • Plunge the crab in. :-Approximately after 5-8 minutes you see that the black dots turn orange. This is a good indication that the crab is baked. Remove the pieces from water and keep.
  • Stage 2 - Roasting:- Heat 4 tsp of oil in a non stick pan.
  • Add chopped garlic and ginger to oil.
  • After 5 seconds add the sliced chillies and sliced onions.
  • Stir well, for approximately a minute.
  • Add sliced tomatoes to it and stir well.
  • After 1-2 minutes the tomato gets cooked.
  • Add Salt, Chilli powder, Coriander Powder, Meat Masala & 2 tsp oil and stir well for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 2-3 tsp salt to taste.
  • Now the gravy becomes somewhat consistent. Add 3 tsp pepper powder and stir.
  • Break the cooked crab shell a bit, don`t break too much , this will ensure that flavour gets mixed.
  • Put the crab pieces in the gravy and stir well for 2-3 minutes so that the gravy spreads consistently. :-It will look and smell as if we can eat, just wait.
  • Pour 250ml water into the pan(Probably you can use the water that you used to bake from Stage 1)
  • Stir well and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • The gravy has become somewhat thick. It should not be too much dry. Add 1-2 tsp pepper powder, Curry leaves, 1 -2 tsp oil and stir well in high flame.
  • :- You are all set ..Happy cooking .
  • :- This goes well with rice.
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Response (13)
  1. s
    sona January 7, 2013

    Crab is almost cooked now, hope it will give a fantastic taste!

  2. A
    Ameena November 15, 2008

    This is really good..

  3. l
    lakshmi March 8, 2008


  4. s
    sona January 7, 2013

    OMG!!!! Fantastic recipe…….sorry for the late comment – Everyone in the family loved the crab roast so much……. A big thanx to Mr.Anoop kumar for this wonderful recipe and to too

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