Niracha Koonthal Choru – Malabar Stuffed Squid Rice

Sometimes, I feel that life comes to a dead end with no idea of how days are going to progress from now on… Don’t we love to plan out our life, if not the whole life, but at least the coming months so that we feel secured? We do this without realizing that our life is not confirmed, even at the current moment. Though it does make me jittery of the days coming, just this one verse and I feel calm at heart, Alhamdulillah…


Since the below recipe is a different way of making what I have already shared previously, I thought I must feature it as soon as possible. This is one rice that Rasha totally loves. Whenever we buy squid, she only wants it this way and considering her love, umma would always make this rice. The recipe I shared previously used cut squid, while this one has filled whole squid, which is a more authentic version, which I learned from umma during the learning classes I took from her prior to her departure. Off to the recipe…



Niracha Koonthal Choru - Filled Whole Squid Rice

Course Rice
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 8 large squid head separated and cleaned
  • 1/2 cup palakkadan matta rice
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 4 tbsp grated coconut.
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 1 green chilly chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups rice - Palakkadan Matta brown rice
  • 3 green chlillies slit
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • Handful curry leaves
  • 5-6 shallots sliced
  • 4 tbsp grated coconut
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 litre water


  • For preparing the stuffed squid, first pulse the rice in the blender for a couple of times till you get broken rice. Wash well.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with some salt.
  • Take one piece of squid, and through the open side, push in some of the rice mixture. Fill only half, not more than that. Seal the open side using a toothpick.
  • Repeat for all the squids till done. If you have any of the mixture remaining, add it onto the rice to be cooked.
  • Put all the ingredients mentioned "for rice" into a pressure cooker. Carefully place the stuffed squid and press into the between.
  • Cook on medium high for one whistle and then leave it on the lowest for 15 minutes. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the cooker, slowly fluff up the rice. Serve hot.

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    1. Thanks a lot Ramya…

  1. nice raffyyy.. best with rice… you always share fantastic recipe.. no words for your appreciation.. thumbs up dear love

    1. Thanks a lot Monu…

  2. I heard this recipe from my friend..first time seeing…. will try this…looks yummy…

    1. Hope u will like it, Resna…

  3. Never made this, sounds really yum!

    1. Thanks a lot Beulah…

  4. this is new loos so tastykto me ..

    1. Thanks a lot Remya…

  5. Something different and interesting

    1. Thank you so much Shobha…

  6. Koondal has no turmeric and is used as a case thats interesting.

    1. Thanks a lot Meena dear…

  7. wow..this is definitely worth a try..a non-veggie version of the stugged koosa we get here, allae ? πŸ™‚

    1. Haha kind of Sona… ethu meenum athu pachakkari, atha main vyathyasam! Thanks dear… πŸ™‚

  8. We plan Raf but sometimes there's no guarantee. What ever, we will still make it. Never made neither have I taste this dish but its very nice and I'm certainly adventurous over trying new ones. I'm impressed.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

    1. Thanks a lot Lisha…

  9. Looks yummy..I love squids, InshaAllah will try this…

    1. Thanks a lot Shabbu…

  10. I love squid fry,but this stuffed one looks totally new for me.

    1. Thanks a lot Priyaakka…

  11. Looks delicious very nice.

    1. Thanks a lot Swathi…

  12. Stuffed squids must have tasted yummy na.. I love squids and will try this soon.. Looks very tempting..

    1. It's a family favorite Gloria! Thanks a lot…

  13. Looks so delicious and yummy U have a wide variety of recipes……….really a different one.hats off………. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Remya… πŸ™‚

  14. tell me the truth did u invent this recipe to make ur kid eat rice full :D..did u did u..kidding…interesting recipe indeed never heard b4 …i love squids but lil spicy tho…

    1. Haha! Maybe our ancestors invented it to make kids have squid! πŸ˜€ Thanks a lot Manju…

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