Monday, December 16, 2013

Karaikudi Nandu Masala


For the Masala:
Crab (Nandu) - 3/4th kg
Tamarind - 1 lemon sized ball
bay leaf - 1 
cinnamon - 1" 
Onion - 4 (chopped)
tomato - 4 (chopped)
ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
salt to taste
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
red chilli powder - 1 tsp
corriander powder - 1/2 tsp
saunf - 1/2 tsp
curry leaves - 1 handful
oil - 5 tbsp
green chillies - 2 (add them as a whole)

For the ground paste:
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
khus khus - 1 tbsp
whole pepper - 1.5 tsp
cumin seeds - 1.5 tsp
saunf - 1/2 tsp

cashews - 6

For the ground paste:
- dry roast all the ingredients except for the coconut and grind them to a fine paste by adding little water

To Make the masala:
- extract juice from tamarind and leave it aside
- in a pan add oil
- add bay leaf, curry leaves, cinnamon stick and saunf
- now add in the onions and tomatoes and fry till they are mushy
- add the turmeric powder, salt and the crab and allow that to cook in its own juices
- add the ginger garlic paste and mix well
- add in the red chilli powder, green chillies and corriander powder
- mix well until its well blended
- close the pan with a lid and allow that to cook in slow flame for 3 mins.
- add the tamarind water and the ground masala now and allow that to cook till the masala is completely dry. 


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