Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Koontal Varatiyat - Spicy Squid Gravy

Today, I am posting a Kerala seafood recipe,Koontal Varatiyat i.e Squid prepared in Spicy Red Gravy..Its a simple recipe which can be prepared in a few minutes..If you are a squid lover like me, definitely you will love this dish...I prefer squid in gravy form..Its tastes delicious... Its a great side dish for plain rice, chappatis etc..Lets move to the recipe.


  • Squid - 3 to 4 no.s
  • Large onions, sliced - 2
  • Large tomato, sliced - 1
  • Green chilly,chopped - 1 or 2 no.s
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric pdr - a pinch
  • Coriander pdr - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala pdr - 1/4 tsp
  • Kashmiri chilli pdr - 3 to 4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Coconut oil/ any oil - 2 tsp 


  • Clean the squid inside and outside, discard the intestine and skin and cut into medium or round pieces. Wash it with couplets of water. Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker, add sliced onions with salt and saute till translucent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and chopped green chilly and saute for few seconds.
  • Add sliced tomato and saute till mushy.
  • Add all the spice powders and saute well till raw smell goes away.
  • Add cleaned squid into it and mix well..
  • Add quarter cup of water and close the lid of pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cook for 6 to 7 whistles till squid cooks.
  • When the pressure subsides, open the lid and cook at high flame for 3 mins till gravy reaches semi-thick consistency. If you prefer more gravy, ignore this step.
  • Off the flame. Add curry leaves and  a few drops of coconut oil and close the lid to infuse the flavour for few mins.
  • Serve warm as a side dish with plain rice, chappati etc.


  • Always use fresh squid as it tastes better..
  • You can substitute it fish,prawns,chicken,etc..