Nadan Koonthal Roast Recipe - Kerala Kanava Roast Recipe | Spicy Squid -Calamari Roast

What makes one’s mom’s recipe a winner?  The secret ingredients is boundless love and the care that goes into the dish and which is often our first real taste and it's such a treasure...Aren't they?


There are a ton of  recipes from my mom, I could share, this is one among them..'Nadan Koonthal Roast /Country Style Spicy Squid Roast'.It amazes me how this recipes slip through the cracks. This is one of my old time favorite. This made me realize that there are still several more hidden within the cracks. Of course not the most earth-shattering of realizations :-)


But there is something mystical about this Spicy Squid Roast /Koonathal Roast, the aromas awakens your senses which in turn fires the appetite and it is hard for the taste buds to resist the temptation of this spice-rich preparation. 
Several fresh spices are used that gives a unique aroma and flavor to this preparation and not only it's hearty but it's heatlhy too..It is low in calories, contains no saturated fat and is high in natural protein and only takes minutes to prepare. 
I whipped it up for our family lunch last week, every time I make this dish we lap it up like we have been starving for days.

This is how I went about it…


Nadan Koonthal Roast Recipe - Kerala Kanava Roast Recipe | Spicy Squid -Calamari Roast
Preparation Time : 1/2 hour
Cooking Time : 10-20 minute
Serves : 4

Ingredients:

For Marinate:
Squid /Calamari /Koonthal /Kanava : 1 1b / 1/2 kg (cleaned and cut the squid into rings) (Check here  to see how to clean the Squid/Koonthal)
Red Chilli Powder : 1 tsp or to your tolerance level
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

For Roast :
Onions : 1 large, (finely, sliced)
Garlic : 4-5 (crushed)
Ginger : small piece (crushed)
Green Chillies : 2-3 (slit lengthwise)
Tomato : 1 (medium, chopped)
Red Chilli Powder : 1/2 tsp or to your spice level
Kashmiri Chilli Powder /Paprika  : 1/2 tsp
Freshly Grounded Black Pepper Powder : 1/2 tsp or to your spice level
Homemade Grama Masala : 1/4 tsp (To Make Fresh Homemade Garam Masala : Fennel Seeds /Perum Jeerakam : 1 tsp, Cinnamon Stick/karugapatta : 2 inch pieces, Cloves/Grambu : 2, Star anise / Takkolam : 2, Green Cardamom //elakka : 2 pods (or) Use Store Bought Garam Masala : 1/4 tsp)
Curry leaves : 2 sprig
Coconut oil :  3 tbsp
Salt to taste


How to make  Fresh Homemade Garam Masala :

1. Dry roast all the ingredients listed above for "To Make Fresh Garam Masala" and grind to fine powder and keep it aside. (Note : You can prepare this in bulk and store, but fresh masala taste too good or use store bought garam masala.)

How to make   Koonthal /Kanava /Squid/Calamari Roast :

1. Clean and cut the squid into rings and marinate it with above listed ingredients 'For Marinade' for 1/2 hr.
2. In a pan; preferably in 'manchatti' an earthen pot; heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil and add the 1 sprig of curry leaves and the marinated squid /koonthal and cook for 5 minutes, until the squid is hard. Remove from them the manchatti /eathen pot and keep it aside. (Note : Make sure not to overcook the squid /koonthal/kanava as the meat becomes rubbery.)
3. In the same pot, add a 2 tbsp of remaining coconut oil and add sliced onion, crushed ginger, crushed garlic, green chilles. 
4. Saute well till the onion become light brown in color, now add the chopped tomatoes and cook till turns to soft and mushy.
5. Add all spice powders, remaining curry leaves and saute for couple of minutes. (Note : Take care not to burn the spices, add few drops of water to avoid burning the spices.)
6. Add the fried half cooked squid, mix well and roast it for 10 minutes on medium flame. Add more oil if needed.
7. Adjust the salt and drizzle little coconut oil and keep covered for 10-20 minutes, let the flavor set.
8. Delicious Spicy Koonthal/Squid Roast is ready. Serve with steamed rice, roti or with appam..Enjoy!


Notes :
  • This is a very hot dish. Add or reduce chilli powder and pepper powder according to your taste. Optional - To bring down the heat, if you want can substitute red chilli powder with kashmiri chilli powder or paprika . 
  • Using freshly ground pepper and coconut oil enhance the authentic taste and flavor.

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Have  a Good day all!
Sangeetha

52 comments:

  1. Tempting recipe...Looks very delicious...and awesome clicks...

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  2. squid deliciously done this looks wonderful

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  3. Beautiful clicks and roast chechy..Sooo tempting and spicy. yummm.

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  4. Wow..It's too tempting and my fav..Addictive Sangeetha.Nice clicks too !

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  5. Anonymous12:53 AM

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  6. yummy sangeetha...

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  7. Although I never tried this but looks delicious ..Very nicely presented

    Deepa
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  8. super tempting dear.........

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  9. wow awesome recipe dear...luv it! luv the clicks and presentation too!


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  10. wow...kandittu enikku vaayil vellam oorunnu...will try this soon...

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  11. I rarely make squid,my god ur roast makes me drool dear.

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  12. I tried squid only once and fell in love with these. Amazing clicks. Very tempting too.

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  13. Enikku vayya..kothiyavunu

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  14. Omg, irresistible,simply drooling over that spicy squid...

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  15. Although am a vegetarian but the pics look awesome.......sure hubby will love this.

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  16. Thank u all for ur lovely words..Really appreciate your time :)
    @ Vaheeda..do try and let me know..If you love squid & spicy foods, this is good one for sure :-)

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  17. mouthwatering koonthal roast, dear...!

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  20. hi,was trying kanava for the first time...got ur recipe while googling..and tried!!!..it was yummy..thanks for sharing

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  21. @ Anonymous, Nope till now never thought of writing an e-book or guest authoring...thats so nice of you to think i should do and thank you so much for giving wonderful opportunity to write guest post on your blog!...But as you can see I am still learning the skills of blogging & cooking and still a long way to go i guess :-)
    When I feel I am ready to write surely will mail you and let u know...thank once again for giving me the opportunity! Its truly motivating :-) :-)
    Cheers!
    Sangeetha

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  22. @ Lissie, Anonymous, thanks for kind words!

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  23. @ Gigi, Thanks a lot for trying this recipe. I'm glad that you liked it :)
    Thanks again for sharing your feedback here.:)

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  24. Anonymous9:31 PM

    You made my day!

    Needless to say that kanava roast came out superb... it has satisfied
    our tastebuds in a great way & it is finger licking good.

    Myself & and my friends are huge foodies and we loved it.Taste was fabulous & authentic.

    Your blog is great & so helpful and thanks bunch for your extreme effort which help people like us in cooking.

    I am away from my home country for work purpose and your webspace is helping me like anything in learning about cooking and
    i get lots of appreciations among friends whenever i cook your recipe and it gives me confidence to go further.All credit goes to you.

    Thank you once again.

    Niren

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  25. Hi Niren, Thanks for that sweet note....It brings me so much joy to read them. I am so very glad to know that it came well for you and you & your friend love it :-) as i told before, my blog is just a map and your passion towards cooking and individual cooking abilities is plays a important role here, so credit goes to you too:-)
    Thanks a lot Niren for trying this recipe and also for sharing your feedback here...makes it worth while to blog again :-)
    Cheers!
    Sangeetha

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  26. Anonymous9:54 PM

    wonderful recipe..i am going to try it today...thank you very much..

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  27. Anonymous, Welcome...Good Luck and let me know the outcome :)

    Happy Cooking!
    Sangeetha

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  28. Anonymous4:10 AM

    hai,...I tried squid only once and it become rubbery that time.so doubtful to do it again.is it not needed to cook it in the pressure cooker?

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    1. Sorry for delayed responses. You can cook either way, whether it cooked in pan or pressure cooker, just remember it should not be cooked for too long to avoid becoming rubbery.Hope this helps!

      Happy Cooking!

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  29. thank you so much for giving this exciting recipe so super i am going to try it now.only kanava fry thank you so much again i will be back after my preparation

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  30. thank you so much sis............ am going to try ur recipe canav fry will be back and give feedback shortly

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    1. Hi Sruthi, Welcome to kothiyavunu! I'm so glad you liked this recipe, even though you had to cook it :)pls do try this when time permits...looking forward for your feedback.

      Good luck! Happy Cooking!
      Sangeetha


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  31. Anonymous12:35 PM

    It was excellent .Really liked it. Having it now with rice. Thanks for this recipe.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it very much. Thank you very much for trying this and sharing your feedback.

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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    2. Anonymous3:49 AM

      Hi Sangeetha,
      Tried your Kunthal recipe shown in the picture.I followed it by the word.It tasted gr8 and was awesome and groovy as the picture shown .You also gave a very extremely VALUABLE tip here as to not to overcook the squid.I used to pressure cook the squid always and used to wonder why it was rubbery inspite of cooking it so much.Thanks a lot Sangeetha I am yr fan
      Sonia

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    3. Hi Sonia, You're most welcome! it's great to have you here! I am so glad it worked out for you! Thanks for the sharing your feedback here. Hope you will try out more recipes and like them too.

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  32. Anonymous5:15 AM

    WE R GOING TO MAKE UR RECEPEE , JUST WAIT FOR 1 HR , AND WE WILL COME BACK....



    MERLY ,RUBEN & YUBI

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    1. Hello Merly,Ruben,Yubi, Good Luck! let me know your feedback. Hope you all like it!

      Happy Cooking!
      Sangeetha

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  33. hi sangeetha,
    tried ur recipe...
    it come out well
    thanks

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    1. You are welcome Sithara! Glad to know that this recipe worked out well for you.
      Thanks for trying and sharing your feedback!

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  34. Anonymous5:28 AM

    Have made this more than three times. And everytime it tastes amazing. In love with squid coz of ur recipe. Thank you! -Shabna

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    1. You're most welcome Shabna! I am so glad it worked out for you!I hope you do try more of my recipes. Thanks for returning to leave a comment!

      Best,
      Sangeetha

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  35. karan9:16 AM

    Thank you! beautiful recipe :)

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    1. You're welcome Karan! Hope to see you around more!

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  36. Anonymous12:41 AM

    It turned out real good...thank you kothiiyavunu!!!!

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    1. You are welcome! So good to know that this turned well for you. Thanks for the trying and letting me know :) Hope you get to try more recipes from here.

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  37. Anonymous3:44 AM

    I tried it n it was amazing. Adding to favourite list

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    1. Thanks for trying this dish and am really happy that you liked it too :)

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  38. NewlyMarried10:19 PM

    This recipe is so good! I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I had no prior experience cooking, but you recipe is so simple and easy to follow and my husband now buys squid very often because he loves this dish! All thanks to kothiyavunu! God bless you!

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    1. Hi, Thank you so much for your comment :) I'm sorry for the delayed reply. I was away from active blogging for last couple of months, hence the delay in replying.I'm really happy that this recipe came out well for you.Thanks for trying it outand for letting me know. Hope you get to try other recipes too and like them too.

      Cheers!
      Sangeetha

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  39. This is first time I checking this website. I am loving it. very well organized, easy to search and read.
    I have heard that you should not cut squid with knife, instead you should steam it and use your fingers to pull it to get rings. In that way, it cooks fast and will be soft. Any idea?

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  40. wonderful recipe. even my 'sick of curries' kiddies loved it. i have tried the same recipe for prawns, fish etc. turns out perfect. thanx heaps.

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