Squid Curry Recipe (Indian Gulai Sotong Recipe)
Squid Curry (Indian Gulai Sotong) recipe – Curry leaves impart a highly aromatic flavor to the curry and the spice seeds add that signature and unmistakable Indian curry kick.
My parents are huge fans of nasi kandar–a type of Mamak/Indian-Muslim food consists of steamed rice with a variety of curries and other side dishes. (Click here and here for a peek of a nasi kandar restaurant and its many colorful dishes.)
When I was little, my parents would always take me to nasi kandar restaurants. I remember vividly their old joint in Georgetown, Penang. Whenever I go home to Penang, I would take my parents out to savor a meal or two of nasi kandar at their favorite restaurant/stall. Regardless of where we go, there is one dish that we never miss out–gulai sotong, or squid curry. So, it’s no surprise that my mother makes a killer squid curry at home (which I’ve fortunately learned).
Recipe: Gulai Sotong / Indian Squid Curry
1 lb squid (cleaned)
1 tomato (cut into wedges)
1 can coconut milk (5.6 oz. can)
4 hard-boiled eggs (shell peeled)
4 tablespoons Baba’s fish curry powder
1 teaspoon spice mix (fenugreek, black mustard, cumin, and fennel seeds)
1 sprig curry leaves (discard the stem)
2 cups water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
4 shallots (sliced thinly)
1 tablespoon chili oil
Salt to taste
Clean the squid and set aside. Heat up a pot with the cooking oil and saute the shallots. As soon as you smell the shallots aroma, add in the squid, curry powder, curry leaves, spice seeds, and tomato wedges. Quick stir for 1 minute and dish out the squid and set aside (to prevent over cooking the squid). Add coconut milk, hard-boiled eggs, and water and bring the curry to boil for 8 minutes. Add the squid back in and quick boil for 1-2 minutes (before they shrink in size). Add chili oil and salt to taste. Serve hot with steamed rice.
If you think the squid head and tentacles are unsightly, shove it into the squid tube so it doesn’t hang loose. This is the trick I learned from my mother.