Crab 'butter, pepper, garlic'

1 whole crab
10 sliced shallots
10 flakes sliced garlic
100 gm butter
A few curry leaves
5 gm mustard seeds
2 gm turmeric powder
Salt to taste
20 gm freshly ground pepper
A few chopped coriander leaves
Juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup stock
2 tsps rice paste (for thickening)

Wash, clean and cut the crab into 8 pieces, discarding the top shell. Apply salt and turmeric and keep aside. In a thick bottomed pan, crackle the mustard seeds along with the curry leaves in butter. Add the sliced shallots (keeping some butter aside to finish off the dish), add the sliced garlic and saute further till light brown and aromatic.
Add the marinated crab pieces, stock, crushed pepper and simmer till the crab is cooked.
Lastly finish off with some extra butter, chopped coriander leaves and lime juice, thickening up the pan juices with rice paste if necessary.


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