Kakulwo curry
Alternative namesJaffna crab curry
Place of originSri Lanka
Serving temperaturehot
Main ingredientsCrab, Coconut milk, Curry leaves, Chili, Onion, Chili Powder , Turmeric, Garlic, Ginger

Kakuluwo curry, also known as Jaffna crab curry, is a traditional spicy Sri Lankan crab curry.[1] The dish originated in the northern regions of Sri Lanka but is popular around the country, mostly in the seaboard areas where fish and other seafood are staple foods. The dish is served with rice, pittu or bread.


The dish typically uses either blue swimmer or mud crabs, broken into smaller portions and simmered in a claypot with seasonings and the seed pods of the drumstick tree.[2][3]

Kakuluwo curry is normally eaten with pol sambol and rice.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Solomon, Charmaine. "Kakuluwo curry". The Complete Asian Cookbook. Hardie Grant Books. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ De Kauwe, Malcolm. "Sri Lankan crab curry". SBS. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ Reeves, Peter, ed. (2014). The Encyclopedia of the Sri Lankan Diaspora. Editions Didier Millet. p. 43. ISBN 9814260835.
  4. ^ Hafi, Fathima Riznaz (18 February 2017). "The Ceylon Crab - Finger Licking Goodness". Daily FT. Retrieved 29 January 2018.