Bengali style Crab Curry / Kankrar Jhol / Kakrar Jhol

Today's post is for the seafood lovers.. I am sharing a recipe of crab curry. This is a Bengali style recipe. I did not have much knowledge about the taste of crab, how to cook it and all till I experienced it. My better-half is a crab lover so when ever he talks about crab he starts salivating. He he.. But in my home other than my father no one knew how does it taste. My father is a true foodie who tasted varieties types of food. Even I stopped eating prawns (started eating again) as I had allergy which has now almost gone. How I don't know! So you can understand I never thought eating crab in my dream too. I used to feel very scary. It all happened when we went to USA trip where I tasted a giant crab at Pier 39 for the first time in my life and I just fell in love with it.

Butter Garlic Crab at restaurant in Pier 39

My husband visited USA multiple time and every time he tasted this delicacy. He used to tell me once I want you to taste that crab and after that you will never say I don't want to eat crab. May be he was making a smooth entry of crab in my kitchen very tactfully in a gastronomical way! (That was going on in my mind😉) But after eating the roasted butter garlic crab I was bowled out and was thanking my husband for convincing me to eat it! Later when we came back to India, one day my husband asked me can I get crabs and my answer was yes! In India we don't get giant size crabs. He bought two bigger size crabs (bigger than the regular size) and cleaned them. And I cooked Bengali style Crab curry. In Bengali crab is known as 'Kankra/ Kakra'. So I prepared Kankrar jhol / Kakrar Jhol. I heard telling my husband the bigger size crabs taste good, I don't know much about how to buy a good crab but I can assure you the taste of this crab curry. Bengali Style Crab Curry/ Kankrar Jhol is a non-veg gravy prepared using crabs and potatoes. Onion, ginger, garlic and dry spices are used to prepare the base of this gravy. However, the crab has its own taste, so addition of crab makes this gravy exotic.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Servings - 2

Bengali style Crab Curry / Kankrar Jhol / Kakrar Jhol

Crab - 2 nos, cut into pieces (around 500 gm)
Potatoes - 2 Medium size, cut into halves
Onion - 2 medium, paste
Garlic Paste - 1 teaspoon
Ginger Paste - 11/2 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 11/2 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder - 1 teaspoon
Cumin Powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder - 11/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste 
Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato Puree - 2 tablespoon
Green Chilli - 2 to3 
Cardamom - 2
Clove - 2
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard Oil - 1/2 cup


1. Clean the crab with warm water and marinate with salt, turmeric and red chilli powder for 15 minutes.

2. Heat 1/4 cup of oil and fry the crab pieces on a medium flame covering with a lid.
3. Take out the fried crab pieces and keep aside.
4. Add the remaining oil into the pan and heat it.
5. Fry the potato pieces well with little salt and turmeric and keep aside.
6. Now add cinnamon stick, clove and cardamom into the oil.
7. Once they start crackling add onion paste and keep on stirring until it is cooked properly.
8. Next add ginger and garlic paste and cook well.
9. After that add all the dry spices turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and sugar. Mix them well.
10. Next add tomato puree, green chilli and cook well.
11. At this stage add 1/4 cup of water to avoid burning of the spices.
12. Finally add fried potatoes and crab pieces and mix with the spices.
13. Add required water (approximately 11/2 cup) and allow it boil under medium flame for 6 to 8 minutes.
14. Switch off the gas and serve hot with plain white rice. 


  1. I have never cooked crab in my whole life but i enjoy eating if someone cooks for me :) This is really yummy!!

  2. The gravy looks very nice... I have never tried eating crabs, since I am allergic to prawns, I consider myself allergic to this as well... hehe...

  3. We just love crabs. Crab is usually like a feast. Must be cooked for a substantial portion so that we can satisfyingly feast on it. This is a tempting crab curry. Yum. Strange though however we never add potatoes into any crab dish. Guess there's various ways to a crab curry.

  4. Crab curry is super tempting,bookmarked.


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