Here is another lip smacking dish made of squid – roasted squid or koondal varattiyathu. Usually when I get fresh squid, I make either Roasted Squid or Spicy Squid Fry. Both are equally delicious. While fried squid is a dry side dish, roasted squid has thick gravy, and is perfect to be had with hot appams, rice or roti. This roasted squid is prepared in Kerala style, and is flavored with sauteed onions, tomatoes, ginger garlic and spice mix. A dash of crushed fennel seeds sprinkled finally, gives this dish an appetizing aroma and flavor.
To begin with, you have to cook the squid with salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder and ginger garlic paste. You may have to adjust the cooking time based on the size and type of squid. Save the cooked water that is leftover for later use. Heat oil in a pan. Saute the onions until they turn pink and soft. Now add in the remaining ginger garlic paste and curry leaves, and saute till the raw smell goes off. Add the tomatoes and saute well. Next, add turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder. Mix well.
Now add little water in which the squid was cooked. Once it starts to boil, add in the squid too. Check salt and add accordingly. Cook closed for 5 minutes. Let the flavors infuse. Finally, add in the crushed fennel seeds and chopped coriander leaves and stir. Switch the flame off. Serve hot with appams, steamed rice or roti. You may adjust the consistency of this squid roast recipe. If you want more gravy, add in more water. Else, allow the water to boil and thicken to form a thick and rich gravy, as I usually do. Both ways, they are a perfect spicy side dish.
Check out the detailed recipe below and try it out! Enjoy this tasty treat!!