Steamed Crab with Tomato and Dal Rasam Recipe

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Steamed Crab with Tomato and Dal Rasam
  • Chef: Manish Mehrotra, Team India
  • Recipe Servings: 2
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  • Difficulty Level: Medium

Steamed crab served with flavour-infused rasam and crisp appalam.

Ingredients of Steamed Crab with Tomato and Dal Rasam

  • 1 kg small live crabs (200-300 g each)
  • 4 Tbsp toor dal
  • 2 Tbsp refined oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, peeled
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp tamarind pulp
  • 1 Tbsp rasam powder
  • 1 Tbsp desi ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal, washed
  • 1 tsp curry leaves
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • 2 Tbsp fresh coriander
  • Few appalams (optional)
  • Oil for drying

How to Make Steamed Crab with Tomato and Dal Rasam

  • 1.Wash and steam crab in combi oven or boiling water till done.
  • 2.Wash, drain and cook toor dal in a vessel with lots of water until soft. Mash dal with a ladle.
  • 3.Take oil in a non stick pan. Add cumin seeds and allow it to crackle. Add chopped ginger, garlic and green chilli. Saute for a minute.
  • 4.Now add chopped tomato, salt, black pepper, tamarind pulp and rasam powder.
  • 5.Add 750 ml water to tomato masala. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • 6.Add dal water and simmer. Adjust the seasoning.
  • 7.Take desi ghee in a small pan and make a south Indian tempering with mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and asafetida.
  • 8.Add the tempering in rasam and finish it with chopped coriander.
  • 9.Fry the appalam until crisp and serve along with steamed crab and tomato rasam.