Kanava Roast

One of the Squid/ Kanava / Koonthal / Calamari dishes that’s quite popular in Kerala is squid roast. The well prepared spicy squid roast is definitely a delicacy. Unlike to my earlier squid recipe Kanava Thoran, this preparation is coconut free and is relatively easy.


  1. Kanava/squid        : 1 Lb
  2. Turmeric powder : ¼ T – Sp
  3. Salt                             : ¼ T- Sp
  4. Ginger –garlic paste : 2 T- Sp
  5. Chilli powder         : 2 T- Sp
  6. Turmeric powder : a pinch
  7. Pepper powder      : 1 T- Sp
  8. Fennel powder       : ¼ T- Sp
  9. Garam masala        : ¼ T- Sp
  10. Curry leaves
  11. Oil                               : 2 Tbl- Sp (adjust)
  12. Salt for taste
  13. Chopped Onion   : 2 (medium)


  • Clean the squid and cut it into pieces.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the squid along with turmeric powder, ¼ T- Sp salt and cook it until soft.
  • After the first whistle, reduce the flame and keep it for ~ 7 minutes, do not add any water while cooking, squid itself oozes some water.
  • If there is any water just dry it or drain the keep the water for later.
  • Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger –garlic paste and salt into the squid and mix it (may check the salt before adding).
  • Heat a pan, add 1Tbl – Sp of oil; then add the squid and fry it.
  • Add a little oil at a time and fry it until brown.
  • Then add the fennel powder, garam masala and pepper powder.
  • Finally add the onion and saute it about 2-3 minutes, add curry leaves and switch off the stove.

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