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. 🙁 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. 😀 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…
Koonthal Porichathu ~ Squid Fry
- 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!