Masala koonthal (spicy squid masala/calamari masala)

Main Dish
4 servings
20 min
35 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
170 gms cleaned squid/Calamari/koonthal/Kanava

For marinade:

½ teaspoon paprika/Kashmiri Chilli powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

A pinch of salt


coconut oil or other oil- as required

½ cup chopped onions, ½ of a large onion

1 large clove of garlic, chopped

A small piece of ginger, chopped

¼ cup (¾ of a medium size) tomato

½ teaspoon paprika/Kashmiri Chilli powder

¼ teaspoon black pepper powder

6-8 curry leaves

A good pinch (1/4 teaspoon) of garam masala

Few teaspoons of water

Salt to taste


  • Cut the squid into rings of 3mm - 4 mm and marinate it with salt, chilli powder and turmeric for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a frying pan and add 2-3 teaspoons of oil. Add the marinated squid and sauté for a couple of minutes just until the squid is opaque/hard. Fish them out.
  • In the same pan, add a couple of teaspoons more of oil and add chopped onion, salt, ginger and garlic. Keep sautéing until the onions are soft and start to take golden colour.
  • Add chilli powder, pepper powder and saute for few seconds. If using high flame, add few teaspoons of water to avoid burning the spices.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and few teaspoons of water. Close the lid and cook on low flame until tomatoes have become soft.
  • Add the half cooked squid along with curry leaves and a couple of teaspoons of oil. Stir well. Close and cook in low flame until the squid is cooked thoroughly and is soft.
  • Add a pinch of garam masala, stir well and close the lid and let the flavours to infuse.




Really taste awesome,will try at home

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My family enjoyed this dish .Excellent. !!!

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