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 –
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.