Sunday, July 30, 2006

Koonthal Curry&Kalamari fry


One more fish obsession continues...I dont know why...If I think of making something really succulent....something that I want to lick off my fingers,my hands invariably pick one Fish packet from my freezer!!This time it was the 'Koonthal'/Squid or rather the smaller Sepia,I should say...Koonthal has always been one of my hot favourites among the sea food for the sheer variety that one can make out of it....It goes well with so many Masala combinations.The one that I have here is in the cocum masala gravy.Here goes the recipe:


Sepia-500g(It shrinks on cooking)
Green chilli-4
Tomato Puree-1 cup
Onion-2 large-chopped thin
Cocum juice-1/2 cup
Chilli powder-2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder-1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-1/2tsp
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Refined oil-as required
Salt-as required


Clean the squid and make gashes on it.Dry roast chilli powder,turmeric powder,coriander powder,fenugreek seeds and a sprig of curry leaves for a couple of minutes.Heat oil in a wok.Saute onion,ginger,garlic,green chillies till they become soft.Now wait for a minute or two to cool the sauted ingredients(the powders too) and grind it into a coarse paste.Now add the tomato puree to the paste and whisk it for a minute.Now pour this mixture over the cleaned squid.Add salt as required.Leave it for 10 minutes.Now add the cocum juice and enough water for the required consistency and cook it over a medium flame for nearly 8-10 minutes or till the squids are cooked properly.Finally add a sprig of curry leaves and mix well.(You may add a pinch of sugar,for a good twist).Now remove from the stove and serve it hot with chappathi/rice/tapioca.(This squid curry again tastes better the next day).


Kalamari/Deep fried squid

Kalamari is nothing but a deep fried squid which is quite popular in Greek cuisine.I have fried the Kalamaris in my Indian 'ishtyle'!! The difference is all about turmeric and chilli powder.Greeks add pepper,we add red chilly powder.Usually squid is chopped into small pieces,but I have fried the squid whole. Here is my recipe for it:

Red chilli powder-1 tsp
Pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-a pinch
white flour-1/4 cup
Salt-as required
Oil-as required

Clean the Kalamari.Slit in the middle and flatten it out.Mix flour,chillipowder,pepper powder,turmeric powder and salt in a mixing bowl.Now coat the squids uniformly with this mixture.Heat oil in a wok.Deep fry the squids.Serve with some deep fried onions too...Goes well with rice.

Another tastier version of squid fry that I generally make at home is this:

Squid/Sepia - 500g-cut into small pieces
Onion - 2 -large-chopped thin
Ginger-Garlic paste -1 tbsp
Green chilli-4(chopped)
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds(Jeerakam) - 1/2 tsp
Tomato - 1 -small
Grated coconut/Copra - 1/4 cup
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Oil- as required
Salt - As reqd

Marinate the cleaned pieces of squid with chilly powder,turmeric and salt.Heat oil in a small wok.Saute curry leaves, cumin seeds, green chillies and onions in the same order till onions become golden brown.Now add the ginger garlic paste and saute it for couple of minutes.Now add the remaining chillipowder,turmeric,and coriander powder.Saute for a couple of minutes till u get that fine aroma.Now add tomato and salt as required.Finally add grated coconut(copra tastes better) and cook till squids are properly cooked.It is a wonderful side dish with rice.


RP said...

We love koonthal! But I have never tried cooking them whole. You cooked them whole, right? I chop them to bite size pieces and dry roast them with other ingredients. It is a history now as I don't get fresh koonthals here.

archana said...

I repeat RP's comment. Thank you for the recipe. The giant squids that we get here don't really taste like these sepias.

Sumitha said...

I want to come to the UK right now Shynee,never had it deep fried,I too love them,we call them Kannava.
My mom makes peerapatichathu with it,its yummy!

I have forgotten how good sea food tastes now!Another 10 more days then I am off to India:)!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the recipe shynee. i like squid curry. its easy and appetising..

Anupama said...

Hi indianadoc,
I am not very well versed with fish and any other seafood cuuries but you pics are so good that I felt like picking up a piece straight from there and popping it into my mouth.

Anonymous said...

I am with your husband. You make too much food!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Isint there a koonthal nirachathu, a malabar speciality?

indianadoc said...

>RP & Archana, it is sad that u dont get koonthal...thanx to my kerala shop in Birmingham, we get most of the fish available back home...Yes RP, I did cook it whole...u cn make amazing varieties out of koonthal...I make peera vattichathu with koonthal cut into bite size pieces...
>Sumi u r always welcome to UK...yes i too make peera vattichathu with koonthal...You r lucky girl...10 more days!! I have to wait till 3rd wk of Sep...had an option to leave this sunday...but postponed :(
>thanx do try..
>>hahaha anupama...u r welcome....BTW u seem to be in may be u can hop in smtime if u r anywhere nearby...
>hi Inji,'u too Brutus...'!! u r joining my husband's team....yenthu cheyyana inji,bhojanam oru weakness aayi poyi!!Yes, we do make koonthal nirachathu with is awesome dish...may be i shall post someday...

silverine said...

Thanks for dropping by and that comment, it was great to get an endoresement from an ex fellow sufferer. I have come to your blog from KBR earlier but didn't know you are Indianadoc. In fact I tried the Andhra fish preparation sometime back, came out yumm.

surya said...

I usually makes 'koonthal chilli fry' by using round squid pieces. I Like your curry with kokum. will try this one

indianadoc said...

>Thanx silverine for dropping in...I dint really 'suffer' for I never bothered a dime for all these things...I used to just sit like a dumbo and brush it off!!bt my friend used to feel very bad and I used to feel that 'they' cd have been more considerate...thanx for trying the fish curry...and happy to know that u enjoyed..
>thanx surya for dropping in...even that is a very tasty option with do try this version as well...

Puspha said...

Mouthwatering. Looks remarkable.

Spice Jet said...

hi, i have never tasted squids. but after seeing the pics and the recipe i am tempted to try it out today. will let know the results.