Kakrar Jhal Recipe - Bengali Style Crab Curry
Kankar Jhal, a Bengali Style Crab Curry which is easy to make and therefore is perfect for your weekday lunch. Serve Bengali Style Crab Curry along with Steamed Rice for a weekday lunch or dinner. You can also make Kachumber Salad along with it to complete the meal.
Bengali Style Crab Curry which is called as Kakrar Jhal in Bengali is a sea food gravy prepared using crab and potatoes. Onion, ginger, garlic and dry spices are used to prepare the base of this gravy.
However, the crab has its own taste, so addition of crab makes this gravy exotic. It is a spicy dish and one can adjust the taste according to their taste buds.
If you like this recipe, you can also make another Crab Curry recipes for your Indian Dinner such as:
- 2 Crabs , cut into pieces (around 500 gm)
- 2 Potatoes (Aloo) , cut into halves
- 2 Onion , paste
- 1 teaspoon Garlic , paste
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Ginger , paste
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
- Salt , to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Homemade tomato puree
- 2 Green Chillies
- 2 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
- 2 Cloves (Laung)
- 1/2 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
- 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
- 3 tablespoons Mustard oil
How to make Kakrar Jhal Recipe - Bengali Style Crab Curry
To begin making the Kakrar Jhal Recipe, clean the crab with warm water and marinate with salt, turmeric and red chilli powder for 15 minutes.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and fry the crab pieces on a medium flame covering with a lid. Once it is crisp and nicely cooked, take out the fried crab pieces and keep aside.
In the same pan, add some more oil, heat it on medium flame. Add the potato with salt, turmeric and let it cook till the potatoes become a little soft for 5-7 minutes. Once it is done, take it out and keep aside.
In the same pan, add cinnamon stick, clove and cardamom into the oil. Once they start sizzling, add onion paste and keep on stirring until it is cooked properly. This will take about 2 minutes.
After 2 minutes, add ginger garlic paste and let it cook for another minute or two. Next, add all the dry spices including turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and sugar. Mix them well.
After a minute, add tomato puree, green chillies and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. At this stage, add 1/4 cup of water to avoid burning of the spices.
Finally, add fried potatoes and crab pieces and mix everything properly.
Add required water (approximately 1/2 cup) and allow it to boil at medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes. Once done, switch off the gas and it is ready to be served.
Kakrar Jhal Recipe - Bengali Style Crab Curry is part of the Indian Curry And Gravy Recipe Contest