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Squid Roast – Kerala Style Kanava Roast

Squid Roast


Squid, one of the seafood delicacies…

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Squid is also known as calamari, if I see fried calamari on the menu while dining in a restaurant I just dive for it. I love squid cooked in any way. Fried squid, squid roast or stuffed squid; I love them all. One of the dishes that’s quite popular in Kerala is squid roast. Spicy squid roast is definitely a delicacy. Whenever I buy squid I either fry it or make this roast.

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Squid Roast - Kerala Style Kanava Roast
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Recipe type: Curry
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
  • Coconut Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole dried red chilies- 2, halved
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Onions, sliced- 2
  • Ginger-garlic paste- ½ tbsp
  • Tomatoes, chopped- 2
  • Squid- 2 cups, tubes cut into rounds
  • Kashmiri chili powder- ½ tbsp
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1 tsp (optional)
  • Salt- 1½ tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
  1. I've used squid tubes cut into rounds, tentacles can also be added.
  2. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add coconut oil, let turn hot.
  3. Add mustard seeds, let splutter.
  4. Add dried red chilies and curry leaves, saute for a few seconds.
  5. Add onions, season with ½ tsp salt. Cook covered till the onions turn soft.
  6. Add ginger-garlic paste, saute and cook till onions turn golden brown in color.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes, cook till they are mashed up.
  8. Add the squid, combine well.
  9. Add Kashmiri chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, fennel powder, and 1 tsp salt.
  10. For more heat, add 1 tsp of regular hot chili powder as well.
  11. Combine well and cook covered till the squid turns soft.
  12. Open the lid, cook till the liquid dries off.
  13. Stir fry over high heat till onions turn slightly brown.
  14. Add cilantro and cook for a minute.
  15. Take the pan off the heat and keep it covered.
  16. Enjoy the squid roast along with rice or roti.



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