Njandu Chikkiyathu | Spicy Shredded Crab Meat with Coconut

Njandu Chikkiyathu





20 min


30 min



Njandu Chikkiyathu

Spicy Shredded Crab Meat with Coconut.

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  • 1 large ‏fresh crab ( about 1 kg)
  • ½ cup ‏fresh coconut bits ( not to be confused with grated coconut)
  • 2 pieces ‏of fish tamarind (gambooge)
  • 8 large cloves ‏of garlic, sliced
  • 1 heaped Tbsp ‏of ginger, julienned
  • 1 large mild ‏green chilli, sliced
  • A handful of ‏fresh curry leaves
  • 1 Tbsp ‏chilli powder (I use the milder variety- Kashmiri chilli powder)
  • ¾ Tbsp ‏coriander powder
  • ½ tsp ‏black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp ‏turmeric powder
  • 2 large ‏red onions sliced finely
  • 2 ‏tomatos, chopped
  • To taste, ‏salt


  1. Clean the crab, by removing the tail section (apron) and prying open the top shell to remove the spongy gills and the mandibles if you prefer.
  2. Cut the crab in half vertically. Separate the claw sections from the leg sections.
  3. Divide the claw sections and crack open with the back of a cleaver, gently.
  4. Also cut the leg sections, further into 4 segments.
  5. Add the crab to a pan with some water and add the gambooge. Bring the water to boil. Lower heat and cover. Cook for about 15 minutes. Prepare a bowl of iced water.
  6. Once cooked, drain the water and put the crab sections in the cold water for a minute and drain again.
  7. Now, remove all the meat from the crab. This gets faster with practice .
  8. Heat a heavy based skillet or wok and add the coconut oil.
  9. Add the coconut bits and fry on medium heat, till golden.
  10. Add the sliced onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli and curry leaves. Sauté on low heat till the ingredients are softened and light golden in color.
  11. Add all the spice powders except pepper. Stir till fragrant and the ‘raw’ smell of spices dissipates.
  12. Next, add the tomato. Continue to cook till the tomato cooks down and is mashed into the mixture.
  13. Now add the cooked crab meat and stir-fry for 2 minutes till the meat absorbs all the masala spice mix.
  14. Add salt and pepper at the very end.
  15. Stir through and remove from heat.
  16. This may be served as a side with rice.

Njandu Chikkiyathu


  • You can replace crab meat with canned tuna in this dish, to make a spicy tuna  stir-fry.

Key Ingredients: Crab, Coconut Flesh, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Green Chilli, Curry Leaves, Gambooge, Coconut Oil, Spices, Salt.


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