Recipes of popular Bengali dishes fresh from the kitchen

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Main Ingredients:
4 medium-sized crabs (cleaned); 1 medium-sized potato cut into 4 pieces (optional); 1 big-sized onion chopped; ½  tsp ginger paste; ½  tsp garlic paste; 1 medium-sized tomato chopped; 4 green chilies.

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp bengali garam masala powder (cinnamon, cardamom and clove)
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste.

  1. Marinate the crabs with ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp turmeric powder. Leave it for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potato pieces on medium flame along with a pinch of salt and turmeric powder (to get a good color on the potato pieces) till golden brown. Take them out of the pan and keep aside.
  3. Fry the crabs in the same oil (add more if you need) until red and keep aside. [on medium heat]
  4. Temper the same oil with bay leaf and whole garam masala (cinnamon stick, green cardamoms and clove).
  5. When an aroma of garam masala comes out, add the chopped onion and fry on medium heat until it becomes translucent.
  6. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry on medium heat until the raw smell of ginger and garlic goes away.
  7. Add chopped tomato along with green chilies. Fry until the tomato pieces become soft.
  8. Add salt, sugar, turmeric powder, cumin powder and chili powder. Mix well.
  9. After frying it for 2 minutes, add the fried crabs and potatoes. Mix well.
  10. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  11. Add 2 cups of warm water and stir it well. Allow it to cook on low flame until the potato pieces are done.
  12. Open the lid, adjust salt and sugar.
  13. Sprinkle some garam masala powder and turn off the heat.
  14. Serve hot preferably with plain rice.

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