Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Koonthal Thoran (Squid Stir Fry)

There are different ways of making fish, most common ways are making curries and frying fish. Here is easy recipe packed with protein and flavour with Koonthal. 

  • Kanava / Koonthal / Squid 1kg (clean and cut into cubes) 
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp 
  • Black Pepper Powder 1 tsp 
  • Salt to taste 

For Masala 
  • Grated Coconut 1 cup 
  • Shallots / Kochulli 3 - 4 
  • Ginger 1" piece 
  • Garlic 3 cloves 
  • Green Chillies 4 nos 
  • Cumin Seeds 1 tsp 
  • Fennel Seeds 1/4 tsp 
  • Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp 
  • Garam Masala Powder 1/4 tsp 
  • Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp 
  • Fenugreek Powder 1/4 tsp 
  • Curry Leaves few 
  • Tamerind very small Piece 

  • To Splutter

  • Coconut oil 
  • Musturd seeds 
  • Shallots / kochulli handful finely chopped 
  • Dried red chillies 3 (halved) 
  • Curry Leaves 1 sprig 


Clean and cut squid into small cubes or 1" ring.

Add the cleaned squid with black pepper powder, turmeric powder, and salt to taste pressure cook it for one or two whistle (do not add water squid will give off water while cooking).

When it done or when the pressure settled down open the lid and drain the all water from the cooked squid.

Meanwhile coarsely blend the above ingredients listed 'for masala' and set it aside.

Heat coconut oil in a manchatti(clay pot ) or pan and splutter mustard seeds, chopped shallots, red chillies and curry leaves.

Add coarsely grounded coconut mixture, salt to taste and sprinkle little water over medium heat and saute until the raw smell disappears.

Add cooked squid and mix well, lower the flame and saute for 3-4 minutes on a low heat. Serve it with hot boiled rice.

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