Koonthal Roast | Malabar Squid Roast

After doing so many posts, I have realized that I have not posted even a single fish recipe. Not even a single??? Cannot be… But then it’s true… We cook fish at home on a daily basis. Even though fish does not feature on my list for the weekdays as I depend on the previous night’s dinner for my dose of lunch the next day at office, my folks at home need a small piece of fried fish to go with their afternoon meals of rice and curry. At least here we make curries of vegetables, however back home – I mean Kerala-, it’s daily fish curry, either with coconut or without, but not one day passes without fish curry, and that too twice a day – lunch and dinner!!! Darn…


HD had bought squid with the hope that I would clean it and cook all by myself. I smilingly declared: “You know I am allergic, how do I cut and clean it? If you do it for me, then I will cook.” Now he was in a fix – he so badly wanted to eat squid. So there, he changed his clothes, pulled out the cutting board and the knife and got to cleaning the squid. Since I also put on gloves and helped him out cut the squid, I couldn’t take snaps of this very rare moment!!! Hehe… Then I got making this roast along with tomato rice… I will not post the tomato rice I made because I got really weird mixed reviews!!! Not talking about that much… hehe…Β Even though I ate just one piece to just know the taste, it was wiped in no time. Thankfully, HD devored it and gave me a big thumbs up… πŸ™‚



Koonthal/ Squid Roast

Course Fish
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda


  • 10 squids cleaned and cut into peices
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Handful curry leaves
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • Salt to taste


  • Add the squid along with ingredients from ginger-garlic paste to fennel seeds in a pressure cooker with very little water.
  • Pressure cook for one whistle on high and 10 minutes on simmer. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Splutter the mustard seeds. Fry the curry leaves for a few seconds and then add in the onion. Cook till it becomes soft.
  • Add the tomato and continue cooking on low flame till the tomatoes get smashed.
  • Add the cooked squid along with the masala paste from the pressure cooker and cook on high flame, continuously stirring till the sauce becomes thick.
  • Serve warm with rice and curry, pulao, roti... It's upto you!!! πŸ™‚

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  1. This is on my to do list .. will make it soon.

    1. thank you so much shobha… do let me know if you try it… πŸ™‚

  2. ingane kothipikkaruthu ……looks delicious and lovely pic to go with it.

    1. thank you so much sebeena… πŸ™‚

  3. Ask me about kerala & fish in the daily menu. I kind off get fed up eating fish when I am in kerala. I dont like fish much except Prawns, squid & crabs:) Your sQuid masala looks very flavourful & would love to have it with some rotis. How sweet that your hubby cleaned it for you:)

    1. oh yes, aren't we keralites fish crazy??? thank you so much… πŸ™‚

  4. Ohh my.. Talk abt fish & Kerala !! I had fish fry almost every day of my vacation πŸ˜‰ Now my mouth is watering seeing & reading thru this post.. Wish I cud find some squid here now πŸ™‚

    1. i can really understand… πŸ™‚ thank you so much chitz…

  5. Wow, the squid looks really and stunning. Very yummy and vibrant color…

    1. thank you so much priya… πŸ™‚

  6. Havent cooked squid for a while, roast makes me drool and mouthwatering here.

    1. thank you so much priya akka…

  7. Sorry about ur squid allergy, but ur hubby is really lucky to get a good share πŸ™‚ I love it…but it has been a long time since I cooked it.U r right about cooking fish back home, especially at my hubby's place they cook fish fish and more fish…fOr my hubby buying fish is an addiction just like I buy other things..my freezer is soo full with fish and I sometimes scold him not to buy anymore πŸ™‚

    1. love reading your comments, always vinee… thank you so much!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. Delicious koonthal roast Rafeeda. looks spicy.

    1. thank you so much swathi…

  9. Looks delicious Rafee.. I can't believe that you have not shared fish recipes..:-) so looking forward for more now on.. πŸ™‚

    1. even i couldn't blv it… hehe… thank you so much dear… πŸ™‚

    1. thank you so much humi…

  10. Hubby's cleaned up the squid for u…definitely a Kodak moment that u missed to take a snap ;-P My hus is allergic to shellfish but he can eat squid thankfully πŸ™‚
    Ippo swwthtooth blogil kore savory tooth recipes aanallo πŸ˜‰ good good, bring it on and I second u on fish in kerala cusine…I make fish almost every week.

    1. hehe manju, athu shradhichu alle… πŸ˜€ unfortunately, i am now so short of sweet recipes thanks to the imposed baking and cooking ban for sweets at home πŸ™ πŸ™ ente bloginte peru mettendi varumenna avasthayila eppo… hehe… thank you so much, dear…

  11. I had a chance to taste the squid roast when we visited India last time, but never made it, its shape scares me though. The squid roast looks yummy. The only squid item I had here is the Squid Calamari that we get as appetizers in restuarants and I like them.

    1. thank you so much shibi… πŸ™‚ since its shape also scares me, my hubby cleaned up the scary thing for me… πŸ™‚

  12. Koonthal roast looks adipolI.Squid can get very dicey sometimes,I remember spending three days straight in bed.

    1. that's because you have to really clean up the ink in its head, better to just chop it off than take risk… otherwise, it's ok… πŸ™‚ thank u, meena…

  13. Looks so nice and delicious…

    1. thank you so much…

    1. thank you so much ruxana…

    1. thank you so much priya…

  14. Looks yummy …love the colour of the gravy πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much shruti… πŸ™‚

  15. aha..ithum nookiyirunnu lunch kazhikkan thonnunnu..:)

    1. thank you so much rani… πŸ™‚ screen kazikkaruthe… πŸ˜›

    1. thank you so much nawal… πŸ™‚

  16. saw it in facebook the day you had posted..but eppoy evidae ethiyathu..sambhavam kalaki..ketto !

    1. yes, i did see ur like pop up almost immediately!!! πŸ™‚ thank you so much dear… πŸ™‚

  17. Roast is very delicious da, never made this myself , but tempting me to try once

    1. thank u so much shanavi… πŸ™‚

  18. looks yummy n delicious…

    1. Thank u so much divya…

  19. Koonthal is indeed my favorite ( pakshe ithu pole aarelum clean cheythu tharanam πŸ˜‰ )Here after a break. Nice to be welcomed by a yummy curry πŸ™‚

    1. Hehe shree…if I also were 2 make it again, athu thanneyayirikkum case… πŸ˜‰ thank u so much dear, hope 2 c u in action soon… πŸ™‚

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