Squid Masala Recipe

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Squid Masala Recipe

Indian squid masala [Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

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  • Yield:Serves 2
  • Active time: 20 minutes
  • Total time:20 minutes


  • 1/2 pound squid bodies, finely sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion (about 1 small)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced tomato (about 1 medium)
  • 2 Serrano chilies, finely minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 teaspoons grated garlic (about 2 medium cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon toasted and ground coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons powdered red chilli
  • 1 tablespoon grated unsweetened coconut
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Naan for serving
  • Sliced raw onion, for serving
  • 2 lime wedges, for serving


  1. 1.

    Heat oil over medium heat in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet until shimmering. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring, until they have broken down, about 2 minutes. Add chilies and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. In quick succession add the turmeric, coriander, and red chili. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. If spices stick to the bottom, add a few drops of water to prevent burning. Add the grated coconut, stir until mixed in and colored with the spices. Add the minced squid, stir until mixed and allow to cook until just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Serve hot with naan, onion, and lime.