Inspiring vegetarian recipes
Try our vibrant veggie dishes, from meat-free lasagne to vegetable curry and vegetarian chilli
Boil the crab for 10-12 minutes until cooked through, then break it down, separating the claws, cracking the body in half and removing all the brown meat from the carapace. Discard the gills and gut. You can do this up to a day ahead and keep the meat chilled until you need it.
Heat the coconut oil in a large, deep pan over a medium heat. Fry the mustard and fenugreek seeds for 1 minute. Once they start to splutter, stir in the cinnamon stick, lemongrass, curry leaves and pandan leaves. Cook for 30 seconds, then add the onion, ginger and garlic. Continue to cook, stirring regularly for 6-8 minutes or until the onion has softened and slightly browned.
Add the tomato and all of the spices. Continue cooking for 5 minutes until the tomato breaks down to a pulp, adding a splash of water if the sauce begins to stick. Add the coconut milk and stock or water and simmer for 5 minutes or until the liquid reduces to a silky sauce.
Add the brown crab meat, claws and body, and simmer for 8-10 minutes over a medium heat or until the sauce thickly coats the shells. Add the green chillies for the final 2 minutes of cooking, if using. Season and serve.