Koonthal Varutharacha Curry / Squid in Roasted Coconut Gravy


1/2 kg squid / koonthal
1 onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
2 green chillies, slit
1 cup grated coconut
2 1/2 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp coconut slices / thenga kothu
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste


  1. Clean and chop the squid into small pieces.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and roast the grated coconut till light brown.
  3. Add chilli powder and coriander powder to this and roast for a minute and remove from flame.
  4. Then grind it to a smooth paste adding little water and keep it aside.
  5. In a pan/ clay pot (manchatti), add the chopped squid, turmeric powder, onion, tomato, green chillies and salt and cook it with 1 cup of water.
  6. When cooked, add the ground coconut paste and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium flame. Switch off the flame.
  7. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add coconut slices and fry till light brown and add curry leaves.
  8. Then pour this over the curry and mix well. Serve with rice, pathiri etc….

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