Dec 17, 2007

Kurle Sukke ( Crab Sukkha )

This is the first time in my stay in the US , that I gathered the courage to actually go and buy crabs and cook them. Being from the coastal line and being brought up most of my life along the coastal belt also, sea-food for us is almost like a necessity ;)....Crabs is big favourite, both for my husband and me. I remember the times, when back home, any crab dish meant an hour long lunch, since you need a lot of time to bite into them and get the meat from every nook and corner, and enjoy every bit of it :)...

Kurle Sukke is a relatively dry item with a coconut masala. Also, I had noticed that the Sukke that my mom makes always had a few shrimp also alongwith the crabs. So I asked her, and she said it gives a very good flavour and told me to add too. So this is how to make it..


Blue crabs - 2
Shrimp - 6-8, the small variety.
Fresh/Frozen grated coconut - 1 1/2 cup
Red onion - 1 big, finely chopped
Red Chillies - 10
Coriander seeds - 2 tsps
Tamarind - 2 pieces
Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste


- Clean the crabs and keep aside. I cut them into 2 pieces for a good size.
- Grind the coconut, red chillies, tamarind, coriander seeds and haldi with very little water to make a coarse masala paste.
- In a kadhai, take little oil, put in the methi seeds, when they change colour, add the onions and saute for 2 minutes.
- Then, add the crab pieces and the shrimp to it, add little water and cook. The crab will turn orangish-red in color when cooked.
- Then, add the ground masala paste to it, add salt, mix well and cook till the water content goes away and it becomes of a dry consistency.
- Serve hot with rice.

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Anonymous said...

my mouth is watering......did you get the live crabs???????

Happy cook said...

I love crab, my mom used to make them wheni was at home.

Shilpa said...

This is one of my fav too Maya. From my childhood I am a great fan of crabs, it was usually bought for just me :). Sukke looks great

Sagari said...

wowww lovely crab dish

Archana Pritish said...

Hey.. crab sukke... nice pic.. mouth watering.. one of my fav.. rem my mom..:)

Maya said...

Anonymous, wish you had left ur name, so I could address you personally, but yes, I got the live crabs..Great rite :)..

Happy Cook and Archana, Mom made dishes are always the best, isn't it ??? :)..

Shilpa, Thanx..You bet, crabs are the best..Can't imagine why nobody else in ur family eats them..

Sagari, Thank you :)

Butterfly Over The Rainbow said...

I see that you have not blogged in a while..I wish You continued..Loved all of ur Konkani recipes...I belong to Mangalore and moreover being a Konkani myself and living in the US brings back memories of Moms cooking...sadly I never paid attention or took any interest back then..Now I have kids of my own and I cook something not entirely Konkani style..Ur Kurle sukke brought back fond memories...Is Raaja sukke also done the same way...what about Raaja Phonna Upkari ( the spicy one )...take care