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Crab and coconut broth

You'll need

1 ripe tomato, scored 2 tsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp black mustard seeds 1½ tsp fenugreek seeds 3 long green chillies, split lengthways 2 Spanish onions, finely chopped ½ tsp ground turmeric 10 fresh curry leaves 5 gm (2cm) piece of ginger, finely grated 330 ml (1 1/3 cups) coconut milk 1½ tsp fennel seeds 200 gm blue swimmer crab meat, picked 1 cup coarsely grated coconut flesh 500 gm steamed basmati rice (200gm or 1 cup uncooked)


  • 01
  • Blanch tomato until skin splits, then refresh. Drain, peel, remove seeds (discard), coarsely chop flesh and set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a large saucepan over high heat, add half the mustard seeds and stir occasionally until they start to pop (1-2 minutes). Add fenugreek seeds, chilli and half the onion and stir occasionally until starting to soften (5-7 minutes). Add turmeric, tomato, 6 curry leaves and half the ginger and stir occasionally until fragrant (2-3 minutes). Add coconut milk and simmer to infuse (8-10 minutes). Add 330ml of water, bring to the boil, season to taste and keep warm.
  • 03
  • Heat remaining oil in a pan over high heat, add remaining mustard seeds and stir occasionally until they start to pop (1-2 minutes). Add fennel seeds, remaining ginger and onion and stir occasionally until starting to soften (2-3 minutes). Add crab and 2 tbsp coconut broth. Stir through grated coconut and remaining curry leaves and keep warm.
  • 04
  • Divide rice evenly among bowls, top with crab mixture, ladle over broth and serve immediately.

“Colleagues and I had a business lunch to remember at Aki’s Indian in Woolloomooloo. I was especially intrigued by the flavours in the crab and coconut broth – would Kumar Mahadevan be willing to part with his recipe?”
Cara McCarthy, Potts Point, NSW

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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

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