Bengali Crab Masala or Kakrar Jhal

        "Bengali Crab Curry or Kakrar Jhal"

Crab,in Bengali  it is called "Kakra".I have never eat crab before  my marriage.I have started  eating this after my marriage  as my hubby  is a true  crab lover.
Now I just love crab meat, my 7years old daughter  also loves it . Yesterday  we went  to our local fish market, my hubby   had bought two medium  sized   alive crabs from there..and kept them in a bucket after coming  home.
Today morning he cleaned,washed,diced  and also cooked those crabs.If you are using alive crabs be careful before dicing them. As crabs can give you crab bites. 

Now I am coming  to the recipe...it is very easy..he did not put many  flavourful spices,according  to  him..if you put more flavourful  spices..then the smell of crab will go away.

Crabs-2 (Medium Sized )...cleaned ..divided into claws body and legs....if you want you can throw the big shell of body..I boiled the big  shell of body..just because  of serving.
Onion-3 (Big)or 6 Medium -grated
Tomatoes -2 (chopped ) 
Garlic Paste -3 tablespoons  (not crushed ) 
Ginger Paste -2 tablespoons 
Green Chillies Paste- 2 teaspoon 
Dry Chillies -2 (roast in a tawa..then grind to make a fine powder ) 
Turmeric powder -1 teaspoon 
Coriander Powder - 1 teaspoon 
Cumin Powder -1 1/2 teaspoons 
Kashmiri red chilli powder -2 teaspoons  (for colour )
Garam Masala powder - 1tsp  (3 cloves, 3 cardamoms and 1/2inch cinnamon. .grind to make a fine powder).
Salt to taste
Oil -1/2cup (preferrably mustard oil ) 
Green chillies  (slitted)-4(for garnishing )
Chopped Coriander leaves - 1 / 4cup ( for garnishing ) 

Mix crab pieces  with salt and 1/4 teaspoon  turmeric powder for 10 minutes. 
Boil the  big shell of body   in 1cup water for 5 minutes on medium flame .Drain the  water..(if you use it for serving...otherwise  throw it out )..keep them on serving plate.
Heat oil in a pan. .add  garlic paste..fry for 1-2 minutes 
Add chopped onions. .fry until  light brown 
Add ginger paste..and fry until golden brown  the whole onion,ginger and garlic  mixture.
Add chopped  tomatoes ..cook until oil gets separated 
Add crab  pieces..
Add coriander powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder ,remaining turmeric powder and salt . ..cook until oil gets separated. 
Add 1/2cup water..bring it to boil. ..simmer the gas when water will start boiling. .cook until the water will be the half of the volume. ..
Add all the pieces  on the serving plate  along with the boiled big shell of body..pour the gravy on it..garnish with slitted green chillies and chopped coriander leaves. 
It goes well with hot steamed  rice. 


  1. Ami kankra khai na, kintu eta dekhe khub ichhe korche taste korte

  2. Crab looks tasty and flavorful.. Love Bengali cuisine..

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  3. Being a vegetarian I m not familiar with dish but looks delicious I can smell the taste

  4. ki bhalo dekhte. ekhaneo amra khub crab khachhi.
    Diwalir shubhechha nio. khub bhalo thako sobai

  5. wow this looks so inviting!!
    love the pic, by the way!

  6. Wow inviting crab masala . Love it dear