Saturday, August 25, 2012

Crab Soup with Leek

This is one more of "end of market recipes." What can you pick out at the market near the end of the day, and still turn into something edible. Kind of a challenge that you put yourself in utilizing whatever odd and ends that would surely have got wasted next day.

Picked out these crab legs. While the crabs were still fresh, the fact that most of them had broken their claws fighting surely meant that they would have gone out with the trash the next day. Since I am still not confident on cleaning whole crabs, I somehow managed to convince the counter guy just to sell me the legs. Here's the recipe for a light fragrant soup with crabs legs and leek. Lovely for those rainy evenings when you are soaked to the bone.

Ingredients (Serves 4):
  • Crab legs- 8oo gm
  • Leek- 400 gm, chopped
  • Onion- 1 large, chopped
  • Ginger- 1/2 inch shredded
  • Garlic- 3 cloves, shredded
  • Turmeric- 2 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder- 1 tsp
  • Pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- To taste

Preparation (Cooking time 1.5 hrs):

Clean crab legs in fresh warm water. Crack them lightly. Boil with turmeric, chilli powder, salt for 1 hour. Add in chopped leek, onions, garlic, ginger and pepper.

Simmer for 1/2 an hour on low flame. Serve hot.

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