Koonthal Porichathu ~ Malabar Squid Fry

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Even though I love fish, the folks at home are not very fond of it. This includes the kids. It’s not they don’t eat, but fish alone as a meal does not satisfied them in any way. With the goodness of fish, this should be a meal I should be trying to be including at least once a week, but most of the time, that doesn’t happen. πŸ™ Especially with me on a vegan diet, the cooking of fish has literally gone to zero. I am somehow surprised that none of my umma’s genes have gone to the kids. Umma and my sister are fish crazy. Umma seems to have mellowed down with age but my sister would eat fish morning, afternoon and evening. After moving to US, due to the lack of fresh fish, she has limited her eating but once she comes home, she fills herself with fish to her heart’s content. πŸ˜€ Even though I am not so crazy about fish, I love to indulge once in a while with a big piece of fresh kingfish or salmon, though I wouldn’t say the same with prawns or squid!


Off late, I have realised that squid is not causing much allergic reactions like prawns and hence have started making it more. Most of the time, it gets converted into this koonthal choru which the kids are absolutely crazy about and once in a while, if it is for lunch, I make fry off it. I love having this with just rice and daal, and is a lovely meal in itself. The masalas coated over the squid gives it a lovely flavor, that you would be tempted to keep munching on them… Off to the way it is made…


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4 from 1 vote

Koonthal Porichathu ~ Squid Fry

Course Fish
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg squid cleaned and cut into roundrels
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp cocont oil
  • 2 sprig curry leaves


  • Combine the squid along with ingredients from red chilli powder to pepper powder and mix well. Marinate for at least an hour.
  • Add the marinated squid into a pressure cooker. Cook for three whistles on high. Switch off and allow it to cool
  • Heat oil, fry the curry leaves till crisp.
  • Add the cooked squid along with all its liquid and saute on high heat till the squid becomes brown and liquid is all coated on it.
  • Serve hot as side with rice and curry or along with some chapathis!


Overcooking the squid may make it rubbery. Make sure to cook on high flame so that it thickens the marinade faster.

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  1. Really tempting squid fry . Love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  2. wow looking so good.visiting here after some weeks.nice dear

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ramya…

  3. Love squid roast.
    So true, miss fresh fish here. I remember koodal nirachadu in ur blog I have always wanted to try that. I recently saw an Italian recipe of stuffed squid. Its so intersting how fish is used as a case. Love how u cut down cooking time with pressure cooker else this takes atleast and hour to cook well.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Umma always makes it this way, so explains it… hehe… Thank you so much Meena…

  4. Koonthal poricahthu adipoli Rafeeda

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Swathi…

  5. We never grew up eating this and I think even now this is not common at my home. But I do see it being cooked when I am at tly. I tried it once in Oyster Bay restaurant in bangalore and that was the first and last. I didn’t like the rubbery texture of it which makes me feel its still alive! ;-P But I am fan of your masalas! I have tried those chicken roasted with masala recipe and it is a super duper hit.. I named it as Raf’s chicken masala! πŸ˜› Whatever said, I like how the chopped squid looks. I cannot imagine cleaning and cutting them.. 😐

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The kids love squid, so we keep buying them, and here, thankfully we get squid cleaned and cut as per how we want. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much dee… πŸ™‚

  6. This sounds delicious. I love squid but we don’t get to eat it often…only when we travel.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Kanak…

  7. It’s a rare one we get here…a lovely share ..yumm

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Marudhu…

  8. Squid is some thing new to me .fish makes me go on knees but unfortunately my kids don’t like it .so it rarely appears once or twice in a year ????. This Squid fry is tempting me to try .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Do try out squid, I am sure you will love it… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Nusrath…

  9. I had this squid roast last time when I visited India from a restaurant, but it seemed to be over cooked and was bit rubbery. I like the calamari that we get here in Italian restaurants. This recipe sounds easy. Do you get the squids cleaned from the store or you have to remove the tentacles?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, we get the squids all cleaned from the store, otherwise I don’t think I would cook squid… hehe… Thank you so much Shibi…

  10. I have never tasted squid …but it looks tempting

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Amrita…

  11. I love squid too but never tried to cook this way. So yum..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nora…

  12. Squid roast looks so good, super tempting

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  13. 4 stars
    I have to try this. Never bought squid at home. Looks great and tasty.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      If you get cleaned one, making squid is a breeze. Thanks a lot Yeleena…

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