Kanava thoran / Squid Stir fry


Koondhal thoran

Ingredients (Serves 6)

1. Squid / koondhal / calamari / kanava – 1/2 kg

2. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

    Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

    Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp

    Salt – As required

3. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp

4. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

   Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

5. Ginger – 1 inch, finely chopped

    Garlic – 5 cloves, finely chopped

    Onion – 1 cup, finely chopped

    Green chilies – 4, diagonally sliced

    Curry leaves – 1 sprig

7. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

    Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp

    Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

8. Grated coconut  – 1 – 1.5 cups

9. Salt – To taste

10. Curry leaves – Few, torn

     Coconut oil – 1 tsp


1) Clean and cut squid / kanava into very small pieces.
2) Mix kanava, 1/4 tsp turmeric pwdr, salt, 1/4 tsp pepper pwdr, 1/4 tsp garam masala powder and cook covered for about 10 – 12 minutes until kanava pieces are done. Drain excess water from cooked kanava and set aside.

3) Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil and splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Next add finely chopped ginger and garlic and saute for a minute. Add chopped onion, green chilies and curry leaves. Saute for 5 – 6 minutes and then add turmeric powder, garam masala powder and pepper pwdr. Saute for a minute.

4) Finally add grated coconut and cooked kanava. Mix well. Taste-check for salt. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes. Switch off. Add a few torn curry leaves and a tsp of coconut oil. Keep covered for 15 minutes. Serve koondhal thoran with hot rice, moru curry and a mezhukkupuratti.


Kanava thoran

Recipe Source – This recipe was shared by my reader, Ashia who got this recipe from a fish monger in Alleppey. Thanks Ashia for sharing this wonderful recipe with all our readers!

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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  • hi maya…its glad to say that you are making my days so special and delecious!!! ha ha….this squid thoran i tried and it came well…am thankful to u that your site helped me to learn even the basics of cooking..and being a malayalee am proud of you….waiting for your new dishes….all the best for you!!!
    regards ann

  • Hi maya…this is a nice recipe… I have a suggestion,that just add one or two pieces of kudampuli while cooking kanava… And you can make mushroom in the same way instead of kanava….

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