Sea Crabs commonly called as Njandu in Malayalam, Yed in Kannada, is one of the most sought after seafood in Kerala. There are many known species of crab found in waters worldwide and these many crab species are split into around 93 different crab groups. Crabs greatly vary in size. Smallest species, Sea Crab, reaches from 0.27 to 0.47 inches in length. Most crab species are found in the shallower ocean waters.
HEALTH BENEFITSCrab meat is rich in protein, low in calories, and has no carbohydrates. the presence of omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce cholesterol levels .Crab meat omega-3 fatty acids also appear to have a positive effect on the human brain, it can help to delay certain conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and senility. Arthritis, hypertension, and depression can be reduced by the use Crab Meat. Crab meat is also a great source for many essential vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin B6, which is used by your body to produce amino acids and fresh blood cells. Crab meat also contains folate, which is essential for the smooth working of your central nervous system. Other useful nutrients include chromium, which is used by your body to control the processing of sugar in the diet. Crab also has trace amounts of selenium, a mineral that acts as an anti-oxidant. This helps to reverse some effects of ageing, such as cellular damage of the skin. Crab meat is also very low in mercury, which is harmful to humans and can be present in high percentages in certain other seafood.
NUTRACEUTICALS PRESENTCrab is a great source of protein. It has a long chain of omega 3 fatty acids. They are rich in chromium. It also contains selenium, riboflavin, copper and phosphorus.
CULINARY METHODNaadan Njadu Curry, Spicy Njandu Roast, Njandu Masala Roast, Njandu Ularthiyathu etc. are the few recipes from Kerala Cuisine. Crab meat can be used in various ways such as boiled, baked, steamed or grilled, They also widely consumed in the form of soups, bisque, rolls etc.
ALLERGIC REACTIONSA word of caution; crab may cause allergic reactions to some individuals. Such persons should avoid the consumption of this particular fish.