Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Kerala Culture

Crab Thoran


Chopped and cleaned crab – 1 Kg
Chopped onion – 2 cups
Chopped green chilies – ¼ cup
Chopped ginger-garlic – 2 tsp each
Grated coconut – 2 cups
Chili powder – 1 tsp
Salt - as required
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Crushed pepper – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Curry masala – ½ tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Coconut oil – ¼ cup
Curry leaves - as required
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Dried red chilies – 4 nos
Water - as required

Method of Preparation:

In a pan, add ¼ cup of coconut oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add urad dal, dried red chilies and curry leaves. To this add onion, green chilies, ginger and garlic and sauté well. Add crab and cook it with salt, dry curry powders (chili, turmeric, crushed pepper, curry masala) and required amount of water. Let the water reduce completely. Coarsely grind coconut, cumin seeds, curry leaves. Add the ground mixture to the crab and mix well. Tasty thoran is ready.


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