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Kakra jhal




  • 2 crabs (I used blue swimmer crab)
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon red chilli powder or as per taste
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • A few coriander leaves for garnish


  • Wash the crab. Remove shell and clean in running water (remove everything except the white meat). Cut into quarters. Set aside
  • Heat a large frying pan and add oil.
  • Add the onion and fry until golden brown
  • Add the ginger, garlic and saute for a minute
  • Add tomato, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, salt and mix well. Cook until the tomatoes are completely done and oil separates
  • Add the crab and mix gently. Add half cup of hot water, cover and cook on low heat till the crab is completely done (about 20 minutes)
  • Remove cover, increase heat and cook till the water dries up and oil separates
  • Turn off the heat. Add garam masala and mix well


This dish is usually made very spicy but adjust the chilli powder according to your preference