Speedy Crab Curry & Rice

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Serves2 people
Gluten-free diets
Speedy Crab Curry & Rice

This quick and tasty dish features freshly picked Cornish crab bubbled in a hot and sour coconut curry sauce that's aromatically flavoured with a hot Goan-style curry paste. Served with fluffy white basmati rice, it makes a satisfyingly spicy meal.


  • 150g white basmati rice
  • 1 onion
  • 3 vine tomatoes
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • A handful of coriander
  • ½-1 tbsp Goan curry paste
  • ½ tbsp tamarind paste
  • 100g 50/50 crab meat

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 15 mins

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1. Fill and boil your kettle. Rinse the rice under cold water and tip it into a small pan. Add 300ml hot water from the kettle and a pinch of salt. Cover, bring to the boil then turn the heat right down. Gently cook for 8 mins till all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Take the pan off the heat and let it sit, lid on, for 5 mins to finish cooking the rice. It will stay warm in the pan.
2. While the rice cooks, peel and finely chop the onion. Place a deep frying pan or wok on a medium heat and warm 1 tbsp oil. Add the onion and fry for 5 mins till it's glossy. Stir often.
3. Meanwhile, dice the tomatoes. Finely chop the coriander leaves and stalks.
4. When the onion has cooked for 5 mins, add the tomato and half the coriander. Add ½-1 tbsp Goan curry paste (it's spicy, so use as little or as much as you prefer) and ½ tbsp tamarind paste. Stir and cook for 3 mins till the tomatoes have softened slightly. Pour in the coconut milk and bring up to a bubble.
5. Add the crab meat and stir. Cook for 1 min to warm the crab through. Taste the curry and add more salt or tamarind paste if you think it needs it.
6. Fluff the rice and divide it between a couple of warm bowls. Spoon over the crab curry and garnish with the remaining coriander to serve.
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