How to make Mammalapuram Kal Erra -

Masala lobster

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Lobsters (लौब्ज़टर ), Cumin Seeds (जीरा)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Main Course Seafood

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The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Mammalapuram Kal Erra Recipe

  • Lobsters 450 grams

  • Cumin Seeds sliced 1 inch piece

  • Green chillies seeded and sliced 2

  • Mustard seeds 4 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Aniseeds (saunf) 1 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Oil 1 tablespoon

  • Banana leaves 2


Step 1

Boil the lobster. Remove the flesh from the shell. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Grind three teaspoons of mustard seeds, ginger and green chilli to a very fine paste.

Step 2

Transfer into a bowl, add turmeric power, red chilli powder and salt. Grind together the aniseeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and the remaining mustard seeds.

Step 3

Heat one tablespoon oil and add the ground seeds. Sauté briefly, pour over the ginger and chilli paste and mix well. Liberally coat the lobsters with this paste, wrap in banana leaves.

Step 4

Place on a baking tray and bake in the preheated oven or on a grill for twenty to thirty minutes. Serve hot.

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