Koonthal / Calamari / Kanava / Squid roast

kanava roast
Prepration time: 30 Minutes
Persons served: 4 Persons
Cuisine: Please select


  • Squid : ½ kg
  • Red Chilli Powder : 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Onions : 1 large, (finely, sliced)
  • Garlic : 4-5 cloves (crushed)
  • Ginger : 1 small piece (crushed)
  • Green Chilly : 2-3 (vertically sliced)
  • Tomato : 2 (medium sized, chopped)
  • Black Pepper Powder : 1½ tsp
  • Grama Masala : ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves : 2 sprig
  • Coconut oil : 3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Hi there, let me share an interesting recipe of Squid/ Kanava / Koonthal / Calamari fry with you, which is a very easy to prepare tasty one. Surely you all will like this awesome squid fry. Earlier when I prepares, squid it wasn’t cooked well. So I usually avoid this sea food from my menu. Yesterday I visited my aunt’s house and she gave me the proper method to prepare nadan koonthal (Squid) fry . Friends, I am sharing  with  you how to make this spicy delicious Koonthal roast. Have a look, of-course  you couldn’t stop making it.

Koonthal / Squid roast preparation

  1. Clean the squid well and cut it into rings or square pieces (2.5cm).
  2. Pressure cook the squid pieces along with 1 tsp red chilly powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder, 1/4th tsp Garam masala and salt and 1/4th cup water up to five whistles.
  3. If water remains in the cooker, heat it in medium flame with the lid open till it dries up.
  4. Mean while in a pan, pour 3tbsp oil and add the sliced onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies and the remaining red chilly powder. Saute it well till the onions become transparent.
  5. Add tomatoes along with curry leaves and saute well.
  6. Transfer the cooked squids to the pan, add the remaining garam masala and mix it well for 15-20 minutes in low flame.
  7. Add a bit more oil if required to make roast.
  8. Better serve after 1-2 hours long with rice, appam, idiyappam etc..


  • If you want to make squid fry, just pressure cook the squid pieces along with 1 tsp red chilly powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp Garam masala and salt and 1/4th cup water up to five whistles. Then just fry it in the oil in a nonstick pan.

Tried it?

Why not share your comments and photos about your attempt of squid roast with us?


How would you rate this recipe?

82 votes, 4.32 / 5.00 (86%)
  • P

    When do we add the remaining red chilly powder?

    • says:

      @Prince. Sorry I forgot to mention that. Thanks for reminding me. You can add the remaining chilly powder while frying the onions. I updated the post with that information.
      Don’t forget to share you outcome with us.

  • N

    my mama always said never cook squid too much….five whistles in the pressure cooker? …..won’t they become rubbery?

    • says:

      @NK: I think its the other way around. If you wont cook it well it will be rubbery. Usually I cook it up to 3-5 whistles.

  • A

    Ya it’s really tasted.my husband and my monu likes it.thank u so much dear renoose………

    • says:

      Thank you Aishoo 😉

  • S

    i think it ill b awesome dish… :). first time am going to cook so i planned to try this in my home…ill share yu how it is..

    • says:

      @Srinisha: Waiting for your feedback. Hope it will turn out great for you.

  • says:

    hi renoos,
    I tried your receipe of squid roast, it tasts good, but the dish didn’t get that black colour which gives it a special appearance….what’s that secret..

    • says:

      Hi Ruby,
      Its because of the masala and the pepper powder. No other secrets. Also towards end, you can make it dry by adding some coconut oil and sauting it in low flame. 🙂

  • says:

    Hi I like your squid recipe but what do you mean about the pressure cooker and 5 whistles?

    • says:

      Hi Sally,
      It is to make the squids soft. If you wont cook it before roasting, it may have a rubbery consistency. I don’t know what you use in your place, but we use pressure cooker for this purpose. See http://tgt.biz/1hKhVUb

  • says:

    Just a suggestion. Happened to eat the squid which was soft and very tasty from a beach home from Kerala…Their way of cooking is after cleaning the squid, pressure cook them with the ingredients that you have mentioned for 1 whistle and then cut into pieces of your choice..Before that they do not touch the same with the knife.. The cook specifically mentioned that if you cut the Squid before cooking it will hard.

    • says:

      Hi Shone, I have also heard about the same thing that using iron can make squids hard. But never experienced it. One of my friend told the same, she said that it happens if we use a local knife made of iron. But never experienced it coz I am using steel knifes.

    • says:

      OK..Got you..Never tried it…Let you know after the preparation..Thanks

Leave your comments