Saturday 21 July 2012

Squid Masala | Kanava Kootu | Squid Coconut Stir Fry

Earlier in my Squid Pepper fry Post I have already shared about how I fell in love with squid recipes. From then on I have been making squid recipes in different styles, but my Mom's recipe has always been my favorite. I have come to my Native place and as this place is near the sea-shore we get lots of fresh sea-food. So my Mom decide to make this Squid Masala for me as sides for Dosa (South-Indian pancake like recipe made from rice and black gram batter). We all loved the combo and it was heavenly. Obviously when someone cooks with love for us it tastes more divine, right? This yummy masala goes well with dosa, chapati and any Indian bread variety, also serves as a best side-dish for rice with sambar and dal. Now, lets see what's required and how to prepare this recipe.


(Serves 4)

  1. Squids - 500 grams 
  2. Coconut - 5 pieces (Almost 1/4 of a coconut)
  3. Ginger - 2 inch long piece
  4. Garlic - 4 pods
  5. Red chilli powder - 2 spoons 
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 spoon 
  7. Cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon
  8. Mustard seeds - 1/4 spoon
  9. Salt - As per taste
  10. Oil - 3 spoons


  • In a pressure cooker add the following and pressure cook for 15 minutes;
(Pressure cook squids)
1. Squids - 500 grams
2. Red chilli powder - 1.5 spoons
3. Turmeric powder - 1/4 spoon
4. Salt - As per taste
5. Water - 2 cups
  • Meanwhile, make a fine paste of the following ingredients and set aside;
(For Coconut Masala)
1. Coconut - 5 pieces
2. Ginger - 2 inch long piece
3. Garlic - 4 pods 
4. Cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon
  • In a pan/wok, add oil and let it heat, the add mustard seeds and let it splutter. 
  • Then add the cooked squids along with the water, into the pan and stir well.
  • Then add the prepared coconut masala and stir well.
  • Let it sit on flame until the water reduces and masala becomes thicker.
  • Remove from flame and serve.

TIP 1: The squids will be tougher if you don't pressure cook them but if you don't want t0 pressure cook it, then cook it directly along with the masala for 20 minutes on low flame.

TIP 2: Add some poppy seeds while making coconut masala to enhance the flavor.

TIP 3: Increase or decrease the addition of red chilli powder according your wish. And add more coconut pieces if you need more masala.

Delicious Squid Masala is now ready!! Serve with any Indian Bread Variety like Chapati or Roti!! 

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  1. I have never made squid at home..I think I will try with your recipe..looks so delicious.

    1. Thank you :) Do try them Shobha ji am sure you'll like it :)

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    1. Thanks Beena try them and share the feedback :)

  3. looks colorful and lovely clicks.

  4. Hmmm never heard about squid before... curry looks comforting though...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

    1. Squids are bit similar to chicken , but its a seafood if you are a non-vegetarian then you must definitely try this, you'll like it then!!! and Thanks Mythreyi :)

  5. awesome clicks divya.. perfectly made :)

  6. Never had squid before, your clicks are super tempting!!

    1. Thanks Sanoli :) Try this recipe with squids am sure you will love it like I do :)

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    1. Thanks Shabbu try it and let me know the feedback :)

  8. Wow....very simple n yummy curry...Awesome n mouthwatering clicks:)

  9. Dear thangai, you could trick me into eating your squid anytime, although I kind of have an aversion against sea food. It looks nothing like squid but instead it's a delicious piece of art :)

    Hugs and kisses

    1. Hey Akka welcome back :) Am sure will trick you into eating seafood..he he he :) Thank you so much for your lovely comment :)

  10. never tried this..looks so yummy and tempting!!!

  11. Delicious and lovely looking squid curry.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  12. I have only tried squids in goa.. now am craving them!

    1. I think you love squids just like I do.. Try them now don't wait :)

  13. This would be considered very exotic around here! Our only squid is in calamari :) Thanks for sharing~

  14. Wow. I love squid and done like this it must be really good!! Well done.


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