Calamarized: No really. squid rings in tomato gravy

I don’t really use to space to post recipes but this one, I simply had to.


I was at the supermarket a few days ago and I came across frozen squids being sold for only a couple of dollars, which is very unusual in India. Seafood, specially in Delhi is kind of expensive. Although it was frozen which may justify its price.



After brainstorming for about a day, I decided to try this sauteed Calamari with tomatoes thing. I was a little scared since I never really cooked calamari before and I didn’t really know how the non-deep fried version (opposite of what we all love) will taste.


Verdict: It tasted amazing, if you love seafood flavours, that is.


Wash those squid rings and marinate them with cayenne pepper and a tablespoon of lemon juice. I rested mine for about 15 minutes. I would happily let it marinate for some more time but I was venomously hungry.

2 chopped tomatoes

1 sliced onion

2 green chillies, sliced. I love me some spicy food, reduce it to one if you don’t.

1 tbsp- basil and tomato marinara (minus the oregano)

3 finely chopped cloves of garlic

A cup of water

A pinch of cumin

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves to garnish.



Heat your frying vessel. Add olive oil (or any vegetable oil)

Drop in the calamari and sautee them for a while.

Add the garlic, onions and green chillies. Sautee till the onions are golden in colour.

Add the tomatoes and let it rest for a couple of minutes before throwing in the marinara and water.

Let it simmer for 5 minutes, add salt and cumin, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice.

You may also add black pepper for that extra bit of kick.

The dish was slightly on the acidic side, so if you don’t have any health issues or you love tangy flavours, go ahead and enjoy your meal. 😀