Chilli Crab Cakes

  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
150g potatoes
3-4 tbsp vegetable oil, plus more to shallow-fry
2 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
8 curry leaves, shredded
1 onion, finely chopped
½ tsp turmeric
2 tsp root ginger, grated
2 tsp garlic, ground to a paste
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp chilli powder
600g White Crab Meat, cooked
1 Lime, juice & zest of
2 tbsp chives, chopped or dpring onions
1 tbsp coriander, chopped
Black pepper, freshly ground

For the coating

100g plain flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
250g breadcrumbs, toasted & dried

For the Coriander and Yoghurt Dip

80 coriander leaves & stalks, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves
4 green chillies
2 limes, juice of & zest of 1
3-4 tsp caster sugar
2-3 tbsp yoghurt
Salt to taste

Boil the potatoes in their skins until cooked. Drain. Once they’ve cooled, slip off their skins and grate coarsely.

Heat the oil in a pan, add the mustard and fennel seeds. Once they begin to crackle add the curry leaves, onion and turmeric. Cook until the onion is soft and translucent.

Add the ginger, garlic and fresh chillies. Sauté for about a minute then add the chilli powder. Stir together and then add the crab meat. Stir-fry until all the moisture has been absorbed. Add some salt and remove from the heat.

Transfer the mixture into a bowl and add the potatoes, the lime juice and zest, the chives and the coriander. Combine well and season to taste. Allow to cool.

Put the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs into three separate bowls. Shape the crab mixture into eight cakes. Lightly dust each in flour, then dip into the egg and finally coat with the breadcrumbs.

Heat the oil for frying in a pan. Add the cakes in batches and fry for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown all over. Drain on kitchen paper and serve with coriander and yoghurt dip.

For the coriander and yoghurt dip, put all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth and runny. Place into a bowl and adjust the seasoning. Refrigerate until required.

Chilli Crab Cakes

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