How to make Squid Masala -

Marinated squids sautéed and further cooked in a spicy masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Squids (स्क्विड ), Red chilli powder (लाल मिर्च पावडर )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Squid Masala

Squid Masala Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Squid Masala Recipe

  • Squids rings 200 grams

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder a pinch

  • Salt to taste

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice 1½ teaspoons

  • Oil 1 tablespoon

  • Ginger finely chopped 1 inch

  • Garlic cloves finely chopped 6-7

  • Curry leaves 16-18

  • Onions finely chopped 2 medium

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Tomatoes finely chopped 2 medium

  • Coconut oil 2 tablespoons

  • Black pepper powder a pinch

  • Fresh coriander leaves 1 teaspoon + for garnishing

  • Lemon wedges to serve


Step 1

Place squids in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste and 1 teaspoon lemon juice and mix well. Set aside to marinate for 15-20 minutes.

Step 2

To make masala, heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add ginger and garlic and sauté for ½ minute. Add 10-12 curry leaves and sauté for a minute.

Step 3

Add onions, mix and sauté till they turn golden. Add green chillies, mix and sauté. Add tomatoes and salt, mix and cook till the tomatoes turn soft and pulpy.

Step 4

Heat coconut oil in another non-stick pan. Add remaining curry leaves and marinated squids, stir and cook on high heat till squids are half done.

Step 5

Add the masala and mix well. Add remaining red chilli powder and mix well. Sprinkle little water, mix, cover and cook till fully done.

Step 6

Switch off heat, add remaining lemon juice, pepper powder and 1 teaspoon coriander leaves and mix well.

Step 7

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with lemon wedge.

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