Friday, February 19, 2010

Kanava/Koonthal Roast (Serves 4)

Italians call these octopians as 'Calamari', Americans call them as 'Squid'. Kanava/Koonthal is what we malayali's are familiar with.. Here is a very simple seafood preparation which takes you to heaven from every bite of it....So why waiting..go shop kanava :-)

For cooking Kanava

Kanava/Koonthal 1 lb/1/2 kg
Red chilly powder ½ tsp
Coriander powder ½ tsp
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Salt as needed
Water ¼- ½ cup


Wash and cut calamari into desired shape and size. In a pressure cooker, mix together calamari, red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and water. Be careful when adding water as calamari produces water as gets cooked. Cook till 3-4 whistles and keep aside.

For roasting

Red onions 2 nos, finely chopped
Ginger-garlic paste 2 TBSP
Tomato 2 nos, chopped
Green chilly 2 nos, finely chopped
Red chilly powder ½ tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Black pepper powder ¼ tsp
Garam masala ½ tsp
Oil 3 TBSP

For tempering

Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds 1/8 tsp
Curry leaves 2-3 sprigs


Heat (med-high) oil in a heavy bottomed pan and splutter mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Add red onions and ginger garlic paste and green chillies. Sauté until the onions are golden brown in color. Now reduce flame to (low-med) and add red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and garam masala and fry for 3 minutes or until raw smell from the powders are gone. Now add tomatoes and fry well until oil separates. At this stage add in the cooked calamari (Kanava) along with the water. Roast well in medium flame until the gravy is completely dry and attains a reddish brown color. Remove from flame and serve hot with rice…


Make sure not to overcook the Kanava as the meat becomes rubbery
Add in 1/2 cup coconut milk, at the last stage of cooking  kanava to make it a gravy based curry


  1. Great presentation and clicks.....Ithu kandittu muzhuvanode adichu mattan thonunnundu kettooo...Yummm...

  2. I have eaten Kanava thoran but never this one... looks yummy... need to go get Kanava now :-) great clicks!

  3. Hey,
    The fried calamari looks awesome. Just like crispy onion rings..This with tomato dip would be a winner.

  4. nice recipe...u hve a nice blog...came vist my blog..

  5. wow!!!Awesome presentation again...really tempting.You guys made my day.

  6. kazhikkumboll enne koodi orkane.....mouthwatering....and....fabulous presentation...

  7. @ Reshmi

    Pinne entha definite aytum Orthekkam ketto...

    Thank you all for the support...


  8. Good going ,Kairali sisters...

    Note to photographer, Nice clicks..
    sneham mathram pora photographere, undakkunnathil vallathu baaki vannal, oru paperil pothinju ingu ayachere..veruthe waste aakkandallo ennu vachaa... :D

  9. A real tasty dish......thanks a lot for the delicious recipe :-)

  10. wow..first time here ans super duper clicks :)... awesome blog u got :)..following u people :D

  11. Great recipe with an awesome presentation..great job guys !!!

  12. beautiful presentation... We tried this once and it was a big flop... couldn't stand the stink.. however your post makes us want to try it once more...

  13. Nice! you are sharing such helpful and easy to understandable blog. i have no words for say i just say thanks because it is helpful for me. restaurant in satya niketan delhi


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