How to make Tandoori Crabs -

Crabs marinated with spices and baked in oven.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Tandoori Cooking @ Home.

Main Ingredients : Crabs (केकड़े), Red Chilli Paste (लाल मिर्च की पेस्ट )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Tandoori Crabs

Tandoori Crabs Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Tandoori Crabs Recipe

  • Crabs 4

  • Red Chilli Paste 8 tablespoons

  • Garlic paste 3 tablespoons

  • Ginger paste 3 tablespoons

  • Lemon juice 8 tablespoons

  • Eggs 3

  • Gram flour (besan) 5 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Butter for bastin


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Lightly crack the claws and back of the crab. To make the marinade mix together the chilli, garlic and ginger pastes, lemon juice, eggs, gram flour and salt in a bowl.

Step 2

Apply the mixture to the crabs and leave to marinate for thirty minutes. Place the crabs in a baking tray and bake for fifteen minutes. Baste with butter and bake for five more minutes. Serve hot.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.