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Goan crab curry
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Goan Crab Curry / Kullyache Tonak

Delicious Goan style crab curry known as "kullyanche tonak".
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 People
Author Raksha Kamat


  • 4 crabs
  • 1 medium sized onion finely chopped

For marinating crabs:

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

For masala gravy:

  • 4 dry red chilies (Kashmiri or Byadgi)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 1/2 medium sized onion cut length wise
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon oil


  • Wash the crabs and cut into big pieces. If the legs are big, cut them into 2 pieces.
  • Marinate the crabs by applying ingredients mentioned in “For marinating crabs” section. Keep them in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
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Let us make the masala gravy ready:

  • Heat a kadai and add oil. Add onion and saute. After onion turns pinkish, add coriander seeds, cloves and dry red chillies and sauté.
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  • Add freshly grated coconut and roast on low flame till coconut turns brownish.
    Add freshly grated coconut and roast on low flame till coconut turns brownish.
  • Now add turmeric powder, mix and switch off the gas. Let the roasted coconut cool down.
  • After the roasted coconut cools down, add it to a mixer along with ¾ cup water and make a smooth paste. Do not add too much water at this point. We can add water later while boiling crabs. Keep the ground paste aside.
  • Heat a kadai and add 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Add finely chopped onion and sauté till onion turns pinkish.
  • Now add marinated crabs and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Next, pour the ground masala from mixer and mix well.
  • Add ½ cup water and mix. You can add more water if needed.
  • Mix well and simmer on low flame for 10-15 minutes with lid of kadai/wok covered.
  • Add salt to taste and mix well.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
  • Switch off the gas and serve hot with phulkas or pav.



  • While adding salt in curry, remember to add carefully as salt has been added while marinating crabs.
  • While boiling crabs in curry, be careful. If you boil for too long, the crab meat will get dissolved in the curry.