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Crab XEC XEC (Shek Shek) | Authentic Goan Curry | Kravings

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Published on May 17, 2018

Crab XEC XEC (Shek Shek) - This beloved Goan to the core recipe has a strange name but BIG on flavor. Crab Xec Xec or Shek Shek as it’s called is made by roasting Spices, Coconut, Onions, Ginger & Garlic together and simmering crab in it. The contrast between the roasted masala or spice blend with the sweetness of the Crab is heavenly.

Here are the ingredients and steps to make this recipe!

2 lbs of Crab

1 tsp Salt

½ tsp Turmeric


Spice blend

12 Kashmiri Chillies

2 tsps Coriander seeds

2 tsps black Peppercorns

1 tsp Cumin

6 cloves

1 cup fresh grated Coconut

1 cup diced Onion

1 inch piece Ginger

6 cloves

2 inch ball Tamarind in ½ cup hot Water

1 cups Water(approx.)




2 tbsps of coconut oil

1 cup of sliced

2 tbsps sliced green Chillies

½ a tsp of Turmeric

½ cup Water

Salt to taste

Coriander to garnish




If using frozen crab, make sure it’s defrosted and rinse well before adding salt and turmeric and leave aside

Soak the tamarind in hot water, once soaked remove any seeds

In a tava or pan, roast the whole spices, followed by the coconut till brown and then add the onion, ginger & garlic

Make a powder spice blend by adding the Kashmiri chillies after they’ve been de stemmed and de seesed together with all the other whole spices

Add the coconut, onion, ginger and garlic, soaked tamarind and the water as needed to blend to a smooth paste

Heat up a saute pan and add the coconut oil, and saute the sliced onion and green chilli slices

Once the onion is golden brown, add the masala or spice blend together with the turmeric and allow to heat up

Add the crab and salt to taste

Add water to the processor and add this in as well

Cook the crab for about 7 mins on each side

Serve with rice and a simple salad


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