Njandu Roast ~ Malabar Crab Roast

The third and last for the fishy tales… I have never tried eating crab, to say the truth! Since my experience with prawns isn’t encouraging, I have no courage to eat them. Looking at them makes me feel scared as well, thanks to their claws! Hehe… HD loves them and whenever we go out to eat seafood, he would order some and gladly bite the claws and chew on them. I would just put my head down and prefer not to see it!


When I was home, D bought some fresh crabs when he had gone to the market. Umma is not fond of it but my sister was all excited to eat them. Our help aunty cleaned up the crabs and in the process, I saw her throwing away two of them. I was intrigued, why is she doing that? Before I could ask, she read my question mark expression and told me, “You know dear, when crabs get sick, they lose their flesh. Those two I had thrown away were not well.” Really? That was totally new information for me. How many of you knew this? Anyway, immediately umma made this roast and as usual, I pulled out my camera and clicked it before it was served unto the table. πŸ™‚ While D was having his share, he asked umma, “You don’t eat crab, then who cooked this?” She gave a very strong look and said, “Me, who else?” Hehe… Off to the recipe…


PST: Initially when I published the post, I had referred to Njandu as “Lobster”. It isn’t lobster, it is crab. Thank you to the bunch who commented with the difference. I just got confused… the whole post is updated, removing the lobster and inserting the crab instead! πŸ™‚



Njandu (Crab) Roast

Course Fish
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 8 crabs cleaned and chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 large onions minced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 to matoes minced
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala powder


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the onions and chillies and saute till soft.
  • Add in the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add the tomatoes along with the masala powders and salt and cook till the tomato is mashed.
  • Add in the washed crabs and close the lid of the cooker.
  • Cook for 1 whistle on high. Then place the flame on simmer and cook for another 10 minutes Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the lid and switch on the flame. Adjust the seasoning.
  • Sprinkle in the garam masala and mix well. Serve warm with chapathis or as side for rice.

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  1. even I am not a fan of lobster…but the curry looks delicious

    1. Thank you so much Amrita…

  2. Hi rafeeda..nice recipe..bt if i'm nt wrong njandu is crab right?n lobster is konju…plz check n update

    1. Hey… thank you for notifying it! Crab it is… Lobster is a different cousin of crab…. I have changed it in the post…

  3. Lobster meat is much costlier and fancied than crab here it is a sought after delicacy. They serve it steamed with butter and herbs which is very tasty. U got so many..that must be a nice chaakara. Njandu roast looks ugran drooling here.

    1. Thank you so much Meena…

  4. Delicious one……… Never tried njandu in any forms….. My better half likes crab….I bookmarked…! Looks tempting…. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  5. Crabs we just super love Raf. But they are super expensive here and yes, fresh as ever is a must. Otherwise the whole dish goes into the bin. This is super loveable dish. Truly loved.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  6. I'm drooling here..love crabs a lot and this crab roast is just tempting me

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  7. Nice drooling crabs! My son would have a plate ful:-)

    1. Thank you so much Hiba… πŸ™‚

  8. i dot eat crabs but this looks so tempting

    1. Thank you so much Monu…

  9. this looks super delish dear,yummy!

    1. Thanks a lot, Julie…

  10. Crab roast looks delicious.

    1. Thank a lot Swathi…

  11. I am not a fan of crab but that plate of njandu roast is so inviting….looks good…my grandmother also has the same plate πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Anupa… πŸ™‚

  12. Haven't had crab for such a long time. Your post is making me long for crab roast right now!!

    1. Thank you so much Kanak…

  13. I’ve never made a crab roast and recently was itching to try. The easiest way is to buy snow crab legs, hopefully mine will look like yours. Am bookmarking this for sure.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much dear Tisa…

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