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Chimbori Kalvan ( Crab Curry)

Crabs are of various types black, coloured ,etc. Here I have used the black crabs which are known as chimbori in Marathi. CKP Chimbori kalvan is a mouthwatering spicy curry which is coconut based. The tender flesh inside tastes yummy.

Curry does not take time to cook but it takes a bit more time to do the preparation.


6-7 medium size crabs

2 sliced onions

2 chopped onions

2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2-3 tsp red chilly powder

2 tbsp tamarind pulp

1/2 cup dried coconut

1 inch cinnamon stick

2 cloves

7-8 peppercorns

Salt to taste

3 tbsp oil


Clean the crabs thoroughly. Keep the claws separate. Marinate the crabs & claws with turmeric, red chilly, tamarind, ginger garlic paste, salt for about 15 minutes.

Grind peppercorns, cloves & cinnamon to powder. Alternatively garam masala powder can be used.

Take the thin walking legs separate. Grind them in grinder & strain the juice from it & keep aside.

Take few drops of oil & fry sliced onions in it till golden brown colour. Now roast grated dry coconut in it. After it cools, grind the roasted onions & coconut & keep aside.

Now take oil in pan. Add chopped onions & saute for a while. Cover & cook for 2 minutes. Then mix the marinated crabs & claws. Add the garam masala powder.Then mix the juice of legs & ground onions coconut paste. Let the curry boil. Add some water to make thinner curry.

When the crabs & claws turn bright red orange in colour , the crabs are cooked. Salt & spice can be adjusted according to taste.Chimbori cha kalvan is ready.

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