For a curry recipe with a twist, try Anjum Anand's crab curry recipe.
Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan or karahi pan. Add the fenugreek, cloves and peppercorns and once the fenugreek seeds have browned, add the curry leaves.
Add the green chillies and onions and cook until golden brown. Meanwhile, blend together the garlic, tomatoes, ginger and a good splash of water until smooth. Add to the pot along with the salt, chilli, coriander, cumin and turmeric powder. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the masala releases oil into the pan. Then gently stir-fry the paste for a further 5-7 minutes to intensify the flavours.
Add 800ml water. Bring to a boil. Stir in the tamarind paste and adjust the seasoning. Add the crab and brown meat, bring back to a boil, cover and simmer over a moderate heat until the crab is cooked, around 15 minutes. There should only be a little liquid left. Stir in the coconut milk (if using) and add a little boiled water to the pan if it needs a little more sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning and tamarind to taste and serve.
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