all purpose seasoning
2 tablespoons green seasoning
5 garlic cloves finely chopped
4 tablespoons curry powder
1 1/2 Ground Masala
1 tablespoon Geera
4-5 pimentos finely chopped
8 chadon beni leaves finely chopped
onion finely chopped
1 can coconut milk
Blue crabs or man crabs are preferred for this recipe. But of course you can use what is available in your area. You can get crabs at a farmers market or at your local grocery store. If you purchase the crabs from the farmers market, they will have to be cleaned thoroughly. You can use a tooth brush specifically assigned for this task to scrub the crab properly. If you purchase your crabs from a grocery store, most times they are already cleaned and don’t need much cleaning.
Wash thoroughly and place the cleaned crabs into a bowl. Pour some water and lime juice over the cleaned crabs and let soak for a few minutes.
Throw out the water and lime juice that was in the bowl, rinse the crabs and season. Add green seasoning, salt, black pepper, garlic, onion, all purpose seasoning, pimentos, chadon beni and mix together well. Allow the seasoned crabs to marinate for about 45-60 minutes. Note: you can also add a bit of curry powder to season the crabs, but if you are only currying some of the crabs and refrigerating the balance for another meal like Callaloo With Crabs for instance, you would not want your crab to be seasoned with curry.
Put about 2 tablespoons of oil in large pot. Add onion finely chopped, pimentos and hot pepper and sauté for a few minutes. Add 4 tablespoons curry power, ground masala, geera, mix together with the other ingredients and allow the curry to cook. Add a bit of water and mix. After about 4 minutes add the seasoned crabs and all the seasoning that was in the bowl. Mix together thoroughly. Add 1 cup of water and simmer. After about 5 minutes add 1 can coconut milk. Allow the crabs to cook in all these flavorful herbs and seasonings for about 25-30 minutes.
Note: man crabs (the shell turn red when cooked) or blue crabs (the shell remain blue when cooked).
Curry Crab is mostly served with dumplings. To make dumplings, you will need 1 cup of all purpose flour and salt. Place the flour into a mixing bowl, add the salt and combine. Gradually pour some water and mix together and continue this step until the mixture forms into a dough. Cover the dough with a damp paper towel and allow the dough to rest for about 20 minutes.
Put a pot with water on the stove and allow the water to boil. While the water is coming to a boil, roll out the dough and cut into shapes of your desire (maybe into square shapes). When the water comes to a boil gently place each square dumpling into the boiling water and allow them to cook which should take about 10 minutes. Turn off the stove, pour out the water and serve with the curry crab.
Another version of this dish is to add the dumplings to the curry crab when they are almost cooked but leave enough sauce in the pot to be able to add the dumplings. The end result would be like a soup.