Sunday, March 16, 2014

Crab Soup Recipe from Mauritius by my wife

During those uncertain days the country is going through, the best we can do while waiting for those "de pere en fils" generations to pass away is to enjoy what we have left of our time on this piece of rock. So, here we go on this "rainy/sunny/rainy" evening. My little wife just happened to get an amazing idea: To make a Crab soup ! Though surrounded by the ocean, many Mauritians do not know how to make such a nice soup. Lucky for us, she will explain it all and it's damn easy. 

Ingredients for 2 persons: 

  • 2 medium sized crabs 2-3 spoons of oil (We used a Stoneline cooking pot 20cm diameter which usually do not require oil - We added it only for taste. So it depends on the cooking pot you are using) 
  • 1 onion cut in cubes 
  • 2 spoons of Ginger and Garlic paste 
  • 3/4 Tomato paste (We bought a box of 200ml - Sungold) 
  • 3 tsp salt (add to taste) 
  • 3 branches of Thym 
  • 1 whole chilli (Gros Piment or you can use Pima Sek) - Add to taste 

Cooking Procedure: 
1. Break the crabs and clean them or buy broken ones. 
2. Let them defrost in water while waiting to be cooked. 
3. Put oil in the cooking pot and let it boil 
4. Add onions, then ginger and garlic paste. 
5. Let it fry for some time until the onions turn golden color. 
6. Add the whole chili and mix them altogether. (Split the chili in the middle without cutting it) 
7. Add the tomato paste, thym and Salt 
8. Add water and let it boil. (Add enough water depending on your crabs to have them immersed when you will put them afterwards and allow a little space as adding the crabs will make the water level rise in the pot) 9. Add the crabs. 
10. Let it boil for 30 minutes over a gentle heat until the soup thickens. 
11. Serve hot with bread ! Bon Appetit !

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