Koonthal Chorum Parippum – Squid Rice with Dal



Some days are not meant to be the way it is meant to be. Like, for the past couple of weeks, traffic has been at its worst and reaching office and going back home has been a nightmare. I would sheepishly admit to my colleagues that more than working, it is the driving (or rather sitting in the car idle!) that is making me feel tired. Once you are home and you are late, you are definitely in no mood to do any cooking, but then you have to, so what you try is minimal cooking! :)This is my mom’s signature dish. My mom makes it to perfection and my elder daughter, Rasha loves it so much that this is the only meal that she goes for a second serving!!! I have made it a couple of times and it has turned out great, even though  I will not compare it to how umma cooks this! Squid is something that  I can’t eat except in boiled condition, due to allergy reasons, and that explains why this is the only squid meal I enjoy making and eating. Yes, you can call me selfish!!! Hehe…


I’m jotting it down here, so that I can refer back to it anytime I forget the steps (and it always happens!) and you guys can try as well. This is comfort food at its best, I should say!!!


I am linking this to an event, Dish in 30 minutes by Sara’s Kitchen. Glad to be participating!!!

Also linking it to the Mummy Ka Magic event on Kachu’s Delights!!! 🙂



Koonthal Chorum Parippum - Squid Rice with Dal

Course Rice
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • For the koonthal choru:
  • 2-1/2 cups rice - Palakkadan Matta brown rice
  • 500 gm squid cleaned and cut into pcs
  • 3 green chlillies slit
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek
  • Handful curry leaves
  • 5-6 shallots sliced
  • 4 tbsp grated coconut
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 litre water
  • For the parippu:
  • 1/2 cup masoor dal washed and soaked for 15 minutes
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • To grind:
  • 4 tbsp grated coconut
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 1/2 inch pc ginger or 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • To temper:
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5-6 dry red chillies
  • Curry leaves


  • Put all the ingredients for the koonthal choru into a large pressure cooker and give it a nice stir.
  • Keep the cooker on medium-high flame till the first whistle comes through.
  • Lower the pressure and cook on your lowest flame for another 10 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame and let the pressure go on its own.
  • Open your cooker and mix the rice once more to combine all ingredients well.
  • Serve hot with dal, any pickle and pappadam!!!!
  • Now off to the side dish that complements this meal so well... Cook the first four ingredients in a pressure cooker till the dal is mashed up.
  • Grind the ingredients under "To Grind" and keep aside.
  • Heat a "chatti", pour the oil. Once the oil is hot, splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Add the dry chillies, crushed with your fingers and curry leaves and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add the cooked dal and the ground masala and mix well.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes till the flavors mix. Serve with the koonthal choru.
  • The dal would be thick without much water content.

Join the Conversation

  1. Cooking with squid is very new to me…never heard before…innovative…must be delicious…

    1. Thank u Niru…yes it is delicious! My mom's best dish… 🙂

  2. quite interesting recipe….never tried like this motta rioce

    1. my umma's special basically… we just love it as it is, with no curry, just the parippu, pappadam and achar will do!!! 🙂

  3. Grind coconut without ginger&fennel seeds,add garlic,small onion and cumin seeds instead of that..more tasty..never had squid rice …will try this dish soon…looks yummy…

    1. thank you for the tips, lotus… normally i do the mix that you have said for rotis and chappathis, the above mix goes well for rice, especially neichoru… appreciate your comments!!! 🙂

  4. first i thot that it was basmati rice,, i never tried a variety with matta other than choru or kanji… i luv squid and I'm gonna try this soon..

    thank u fr the entry Rafeeda…

    1. glad that u liked it, hasna… 🙂

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