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Crab biryani

  • Veg
  • 1 hr
  • Serves 4
  • Easy



The crab biryani is simple to make and doesn’t require many ingredients to bring out the popular flavors that Indian cuisine has to offer. The recipe will tingle the taste buds your of friends and family members alike because of its ability to utilize the best of seafood and traditional Indian spices. The ingredients can be easily fetched from the grocery store and would not break the bank. This makes the crab biryani an economical dish which manages to be both nutritious and delicious.

Health benefits

Among the nutrients that crab contains include;

  • Proteins
  • Vitamins B1
  • Omega 3
  • Selenium
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How to Make Crab biryani

  1. Season the crab with 1 tbsp of turmeric and ½ tbsp of salt. Marinate for an hour.
  2. Stir in the mustard seed and hot water in a small bowl. Cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Grind the seeds into a paste.
  4. Heat the oil in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add the crabs and fry until they change color.
  5. Remove the crabs and set aside. Add sliced onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  6. Increase the heat to high, stir in potatoes and cook for 2 minutes. Add cloves, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, cardamom pods and stir for about half a minute.
  7. Stir tomatoes, ginger paste and garlic paste. Cut the chillis into small pieces and add to the skillet. Cook for two minutes.
  8. Reduce the heat to medium and add remaining 1 tbsp turmeric, pepper and mustard paste. Add the crabs to the skillet. Submerge the vegetables in water.
  9. Bring the water to a boil and add salt to taste.
  10. Cover the skillet and reduce the heat. Simmer until potatoes are tender and water content is halved.
  11. Garnish the gravy with lemon over the finished dish and serve with rice.


  • There are over 4500 species of crabs that live in coastal areas of fresh water.
  • Crabs vary in size, some reaching only 0.5 inches in length while others stretching up to 12 feet. 
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