Jun 11, 2012

கனவா குழம்பு / Koonthal Kulambu / Kadamba Fish Curry / Baby Squid Cooked in a Roasted Coconut Sauce /

This is gravy which I was talking about. My hubby's favorite one. My first attempt of cleaning and making of a spicy squid gravy, which turned out sensational. Everyone in my family loved it, I even send a small container for my sister and she loved it a lot. I have another batch of squidy lying in my freezer, I am planning to make something different with that. May be it will turn into calamari fries or a spicy squid roast, who knows..I will updates as soon as I am done with that.

I was very much worried when I was making this curry. Since it is my first attempt I have no idea how this will turn out. But as a surprise it came out soooo good. As a additional note, my hubby gave me a thumbs up for this.  I used baby squids for this, which are very tender and succulent. The gravy itself is a simple yet spicy one, I cooked it in a roasted coconut gravy which has the right amount of spicyness and sourness which was perfect.

I hope you will love it as much my hubby did..Try it and tell me how it turned out.


Onion - 1 chopped
Tomatoes - 1 chopped
Tamarind - 1 small lemon size
Salt to taste
Curry Leaves - 2 springs
Coconut Oil - 3 tblspn

For Marinating:
Baby Squid - 2 cups cleaned and sliced
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn

For Coconut Masala:
Coconut - 2 cup
Coriander Seeds - 3 tblspn
Dry red Chilli - 8 or to taste


Take the cleaned squid in a bowl and add ginger garlic paste, salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Marinate it for 10 mins.

Take tamarind fruit in a bowl and cover with water. Let it soak for 10 mins. Squeeze the pulp with your hands and strain the juice.Set this aside.

Take coconut, coriander seeds and dry red chilli in a heavy bottom pan and start roasting till you see the coconut changing colour to dark brown. Allow this to cool down and take it in a blender and make into a fine puree adding some water.

Now take coconut oil in a kadai. I used my earthern ware. Heat the oil to a high heat.

Add in curry leaves and onions and mix well. Cook for a min.

Add in tomatoes and mix well. Now add in the marinating squid and give everything a good stir.Mix for 3 mins.

Now add in the ground masala and water and bring everything to a boil.Season with salt.

Add the tamarind water and mix well.

Cover and simmer for 15-20 mins till oil floats on top and the squid is cooked.

Finish the gravy with a drizzle of coconut oil.

Serve with rice.


Take all your ingrediants
Soak some tamarind in water
Clean and Slice your squid

add salt, turmeric and ginger garlic paste to it
and mix well
Take coconut, red chilli and coriander seeds in a kadai
and start roasting
roast till they turn golden brown
Remove that to a blender
and make into a fine puree
fry onions and curry leaves in coconut oil
fry till they turn translucent
add tomatoes
and mix well
add the squid pieces
and saute them in oil
now add the coconut puree
add the tamarind water
bring it to a boil
cover and simmer
till oil separates on top
taste great with rice


  1. Wow really mouth watering dish.... Can u also post how to clean this one... As I have never tried this fish before...

  2. very appetizing curry...

    i have a slight variation in my blog..



  3. Yummy and flavourful curry...

  4. Hi Aarthi ,

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    Keep on Aarthi:)

  5. Love squids and this recipe looks so delicious :)

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  6. So you are treating your hubby with your delicious meals haan... nice gravy

  7. I can have it anytime,simply inviting and irresistible..

  8. wow...lovely curry....not yet tried making curry with squid, will try it out soon...

  9. Your Blog is simply superb... your baking recipes are awesome...love browsing your blog... Great job

  10. perfectly made and lovely presentation.. New to your blog.. Glad to follow you.. you have an awesome space.. Do stop by mine sometime..


  11. I enjoy reading your recipes and how your persistence and never give up attitude helps you to have such a successful blog and wife too:)Please do keep giving awesome recipes as you used too.Love ya!!

  12. Wow it sounds really good - I love your step by step photos which are really helpful - great recipe
    Mary x

  13. yummy recipe aarthi.. kind of reminds me of theeyal. I will have to try making a vegetarian version :-) Its amazing how you have started blogging from your inlaws place. When I was there, I found it very difficult to blog :-) Keep the yummy recipes coming

  14. Hey Aarthi, did u change your blog recently? Looks really neat & bright! Love it!

  15. WOW, Looks heavenly amazing :D
    I miss this place :D

  16. woww mouthwatering dish...just loved it...

    I have award for u in my blog..Pls accpt it..:)


  17. I love squid and this looks mouthwatering!

  18. Hi Aarthi I have tried this recipe and it turned out so well...i have poseted in my blog http://www.sumanarthyskitchen.blogspot.com/2012/08/squid-curry-with-roasted-coconut-gravy.html

  19. your dish look awesome...
    By the way where did you get the earthen vessels ?

  20. @divyaI bought it in my hometown supermarket named lynns

  21. Hi Aarthi, can squid be given to two years old boy?

  22. Replies
    1. You can cut it into very small size pieces and give. so he wont choke.


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