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Durban Crab Curry Recipe by Jennifer

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Jennifer’s Delicious Crab Curry

Durban Crab Curry Recipe by Jennifer

Jennifer’s family really love crab curry.  Just looking at this beautiful dish, it is easy to see why.

Thank you to Jennifer for sharing her step-by-step recipe, so that we can cook a delicious Durban Crab Curry at home.

  • Author: Jennifer G-B
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Durban Curry
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • 2 kg crab
  • 10 to 12 ripe tomatoes
  • 3 onion
  • 3 green chillies
  • Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tsp kashmiri Masala
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind, mixed in 2 cup warm water
  • Salt


  1. Fry onion and garlic in oil
  2. Add turmeric and Masala
  3. Add ginger and garlic paste
  4. Add tomatoes, green chillies, curry leaves & salt
  5. Cook for 10 minutes or until tomatoes have softened
  6. Add crab
  7. Cook for 5 minutes
  8. Add tamarind water
  9. Cook for 20mins
  10. Switch off stove
  11. Garnish with dhania

Keywords: Durban Crab Curry Recipe, Crab, Seafood Curry

More Crab Curry Recipes

Here are some more crab curry recipes to help you cook the perfect Durban Crab Curry

Durban Crab Curry by Aunty Maurine

Durban Crab Curry Recipe
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Durban Crab Curry by Aunty Maurine

Durban Crab Curry by Aunty Maurine

When talking Durban Crab Curry, this is about as traditional as it gets. A delicious Durban Crab Curry, cooked to absolute perfection in a spicy, lip tingling, fiery red curry gravy.

Aunty Maurine shares her step-by-step recipe so that you can cook a Durban Crab Curry at home.

  • Author: Aunty Maurine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Durban Curry
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 Tablespoon jeera
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Mustards Seeds
  • 4 Pieces of  (finely chopped)
  • 5 Tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 5 Green Chillies
  • 4 Tablespoons of Masala
  • Tamarind  
  • Salt to taste 


  • Heat oil , mustards seeds and jeera and garlic with curry leaves  & chillies
  • Add your washed, cleaned crab & lower heat until pink in colour
  • Add your masala, mix well
  • Add your tomatoes & your tamarind (softened & mixed in warm water)
  • Taste for salt & add to taste
  • Cook on low heat for 15 minutes
  • Serve with rice, buttered bread, roti or whatever makes you happy.


Hint: Tamarind paste is very easy to use. Simply reconstitute (mix) the thick paste with warm water. Add 2 parts water to 1 part concentrate and stir until combined.

See more Durban Crab Curry Recipes & Durban Seafood Curry Recipes

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Crab Curry by Irene


Crab Curry by Irene (Blessed Bakes)

Crab Curry is one of the iconic dishes of Durban. Fiery pieces of fresh crab, eaten with the hands and a fresh bread buttered bread roll to mop up the sauce.

It is just one of those things that have to be experienced.

Cook a crab curry at home, following this step-by-step recipe by Irene from Blessed Bakes.

Have a squizz at her page. Besides baking and cooking to order,  Irene is available for catering events and functions.

  • Author: Irene Enoch
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • 10 medium jam tomatoes grated
  • Whole Fresh Green Chillies
  • 1 sachet tomato Paste
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2tsp food colour
  • 1T pure chillie powder
  • 1T Seafood Masala
  • 1T Rombo Rossi Masala

Put the above ingredients in a bowl and add a little salt. Add the crab juice from the crab and mix it all together. Keep aside for later on in the recipe.

  • 1/2 Tsp Crushed Dhania Powder
  • 1.2 Tsp Crushed Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Crushed Jeera Powder
  • 1 Onion (Thinly Chopped)


  • To heated oil, I added the 1/2 tsp crushed dhania, crushed mustard and crushed jeera powder
  • Add in 1 finely chopped onion. Allow to infuse
  • When the onion is light brown and fragrant then add your tomatoes and the spices that you have in your bowl
  • Mix and then add 1/4 cup water
  • Mix again and cover with the lid
  • After 8 to 10 minutes, add your crab into the pot
  • Make sure you have enough liquid in your chutney, but not too much.
  • Cover and allow to cook on medium with the lid on
  • After 10 minute , check for salt & stir
  • Switch stove off, cover the pot and leave for about 5minutes.( I do this to allow the gravy to soak into the crab meat)
  • Then switch stove on and let the thin liquid reduce
  • When you see a lovely, thick gravy and treacle’s of oil, and the crab is coated in the gravy then the crab curry is done
  • Throw in some fresh dhania garnish, mix, cover pot & switch off the heat.

Keywords: Crab, Seafood

Seafood Curry on the Fire by Veneshvarin

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Many thanks to Veneshvarin Naidoo, for sharing his recipe to this delicious Seafood Curry, which was cooked in a cast iron pot over the open flame.

1 kg seafood mix
700 muscles in shell (you can add calamari crayfish tails etc, just pre pressure cook calamari before you add to pot)
1xStar anise
3xCardamom pods
2xCinnamon sticks
2xdry red chillies
2xBay leaves
1tsp Jeera seeds
1tsp Somph
1tsp mustard seeds
1tsp coriander seeds
Powder spices:
3tbs kashmiri masala
1tsp turmeric
1tsp garam masala
1tsp jeera powder
1tsp coriander powder
1tsp chilli powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
1 tsp braising spice
Fresh ingredients :
1large onion.
Bunch Fresh coriander
2tbs Ginger and garlic paste
2 sprigs curry leaves

1. Add oil and seeds to the pot, when the seeds start popping add chopped onion and curry leaves.
2. When onion is translucent add ginger and garlic paste and all powder spices, braise for about 30 seconds.
3. Once you can get the aroma of all the spices add the (from frozen) seafood mix ( do not add the crab sticks yet)
4. Let it cook till most of the meat is tender then add crab sticks and salt.
5. Let it simmer till all water has evaporated and the gravy thickens, then garnish with fresh dhania leaves (coriander)
6. Serve with garlic naan made on the open flame.

For more recipes: Seafood, Lamb/Mutton/Beef, Chicken, Veg/Beans

Govenders Original Crab Curry Recipe

Mr. Vijay Govender’s Original Crab Curry Recipe

Govenders Original Crab Curry Recipe

This is the original Durban Crab Curry recipe by the man who practically invented the dish.

The beauty of this recipe, is it’s simplicity.  The secret is in the ingredients, so take care to use the exact measurements and quantities.

This is Vijay Govender’s Famous Recipe – enjoy.

  • Author: Vijay Govender
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Durban Curry
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • 2kg Crab cleaned and cut
    • 6-8 tablespoons Cooking Oil. Add a little more or a little less, to your preference.
    • 1-2 large Onion (thinly sliced)
    • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
    • 8-12 medium Tomatoes (grated)
    • 8 Green Chilies (split down the middle)
    • 7 tablespoons Curry Powder (Mother-in-law’s or Extra Hot)
    • 3 teaspoons Tamarind (diluted thick in ¼ cup water)
    • 2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
    • 2 teaspoon Jeera Powder
    • 2 teaspoon Dhania Powder
    • Sea Salt (fine)
    • 2 tablespoon Ginger/Garlic Paste
    • Curry Leaves
    • Dhania Leaves


  1. Heat oil in pot
  2. Fry onions and then add ALL the spices listed
  3. Add the ginger/garlic paste, tomatoes, curry leaves, green chilies and tamarind juice
  4. Add the Crab pieces,
  5. Add sea salt to taste and cook for 20-25 minutes
  6. Garnish with Dhania Leaves
  7. Allow to stand before serving


Serve with rice or fresh white bread.

Keywords: Durban Crab Curry Recipe, Crab, Seafood Curry, Vijay Govender