Pathare Prabhu style Stuffed crabs aka पुरणाची चिंबोरी (pronounced pure-na-chi chim-bow-ree)


In our PP dialect, unlike standard Marathi, the word ‘पुरण’ refers to any kind of stuffing – savoury or sweet. Purna chi Chimbori is a traditional stuffed PP style crab… got these gorgeous roe filled crabs. Lunch was awesome! 😍

4 large crabs – clean out the gills and samdbag

Grated coconut – 1 wati

Onion – 1 large sliced

Toast the coconut till light brown, heat a tsp of oil and roast the onion on slow till brown.

In the same pan, in residual oil, roast –

½” cinnamon

1-2 cloves

6-8 peppercorns

2 tbsp of coriander seeds

½ tsp – badishep

You also need –

6-7 garlic cloves

2” piece of ginger

1 wati – coriander leaves

2 tbsp – mint leaves

1 sharp dark green chilli (or more if you want)

2 tbsp – roasted chana (डाळं)

Salt to taste

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp PP sambhar

½ tsp haldi


Grind all these to a smooth Masala paste and stuff into cleaned crabs

Take all the small claws and grind them with ½ cup water – strain this carefully

In a thick bottomed pan, heat 3-4 tbsp oil, add ½ tsp hing and 5-6 bashed garlic cloves.

Add the crab to the oil –

Cover and cook till the crabs are done – flip carefully once during the process so that the crabs are properly cooked.

Add the strained claw juice and clean out any leftover masala – and add to the cooking crab.

Dry off any excess moisture – cook till the Masala clings to the crab.

4 thoughts on “Pathare Prabhu style Stuffed crabs aka पुरणाची चिंबोरी (pronounced pure-na-chi chim-bow-ree)

  1. Hi Soumitra, this is Mithila — I’m a journalist working on a story about traditional cookbooks and came across your posts on Gruhini Mitra. I’d love to speak to you about it for the piece. Is there an email id I can contact you on?

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