Makli Khudi – Squid Curry – Calamari Gravy

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A simply yet spicy curry, the East Indian makli khudi or squid curry is a completely different avatar of the butter garlic squid. More spicy, more tasty, more buttery, calamari khudi is perfect!


If you love butter garlic calamari or any other version of cooked squid, you’ll also love this traditional East Indian makli khudi that we enjoy every few weeks. This is my mom’s version, try it yourself!

A khudi is a curry made with locally sourced spices, tomatoes, onions, sometimes potatoes, and other ingredients. The ingredients change from family to family. If you’re not a seafood fan, you can make a khudi with chicken or mutton, or even with trotters too!

Here’s what you’ll add to the Makli Khudi which is an East Indian Squid Curry

What do you need to make a makli khudi / squid curry / calamari gravy? Not too many ingredients. You can make this delicious East Indian squid aka makli curry with tomatoes, onions, green chillies, sour limes, salt, bottle masala, grated coconut, curry leaves, oil, garlic, and ginger.

Ingredients for the makli khudi or squid curry.
Ingredients for the makli khudi
Khudi curry of squid in a green platter.

Makli Khudi – Squid Curry – Indian Calamari Gravy

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East Indian makli khudi or squid curry is a spicy, more tasty, more buttery, calamari gravy and it is perfect!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine East Indian, Indian
Servings 6
Calories 194 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 500 Grams Squid
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 3 Onions
  • 1 Green Chillies
  • 1 Sour Lime
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Bottle Masala
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Grated
  • 4 Sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Pod Garlic
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 500 ml Water

Instructions
 

  • Cut the onions and tomatoes into fine half moons.
  • Mince the ginger and garlic, and cut the chilies into diagonals.
  • Bagar the onions and tomatoes for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chilies, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and salt and mix.
  • Also add the bottle masala and mix.
  • Add the squid and stir.
  • Add the grated coconut and water and cook on high flame for 15 minutes.
  • Lastly, add in the sour lime juice, stir and turn off the flame.

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1755IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg

Disclaimer: Nutrition Information per serving is estimated by a third party software based on the ingredients used, and is for informational purposes only. It will vary from product to product, based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients. Please consult the package labels of the ingredients you use, or chat with your dietician for specific details.

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So here’s how we Make a Makli Khudi Aka Squid Curry

Step I – Prep the Calamari or Makli

Mom starts by soaking the squid or calamari in water to remove the excess ink and then she cleans the skin. Well, not always. Sometimes we leave the skin on, sometimes we remove. Many people think the skin is a bit too chewy eat, so it must be removed. But we leave it on sometimes. It just depends on the season and our moods or tastes.

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The steps are pretty simple as you follow the instructions in the recipe card or in the pics below. Please comment and let me know if the pics are explanation enough, or if you have any questions.

We soak the squid in water.
Squid in Water
We sometimes remove the skin because it's chewy.
The squid skin is chewy – you can remove the skin if you want
Cleaned squid without the skin.
Cleaned squid
Squid cut in 1 inch thick rings.
Cut the squid in 1 inch thick rings

Step II – Make The Khudi Masala for the Calamari or Makli

Cut the onions, tomatoes and spices and cook to make a masala or gravy.

Cut the onions and tomatoes in half moons.
Cut the onions and tomatoes in half moons
Add oil to the pot first.
Add oil
Onions and tomatoes added to the pot.
Add the onions and tomatoes
Saute the onions and tomatoes.
Saute the onions and tomatoes
Add the freshly cut spices and salt.
Add the freshly cut spices and salt
Mix the onion and tomato with the fresh spices for a while.
Mix well
Adding bottle masala to the sauteed onion and tomato mix.
Add bottle masala
Stir all the fresh and dry masala together.
Mix the masala well
Let the makli squid mix with the masala.
Mix the makli in masala
Add the grated coconut to the squid mixture.
Add the grated coconut to the squid mixture

Step III – Add the Calamari or Makli

Mom ready to add the squid to the masala.
Mom about to the add the squid
Mom adding the squid to the masala.
Mom adding the squid to the masala
Squid added to the masala mix.
Add the squid to the masala
Let the makli squid mix with the masala.
Mix the makli in masala
Add water to the squid after the coconut.
Add water after the coconut
Allow the squid to cook on a high flame for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cook on a high flame for 10 to 15 minutes
Mom squeezing in some fresh sourlime juice.
Squeeze in some lime juice
The squid curry has reduced in quantity and is ready.
The squid curry has reduced in quantity
Spicy East Indian makli khudi.
Spicy East Indian makli khudi
Indian squid curry in a green platter.
Squid curry is perfect!

This squid curry goes really well with bread, turmeric rice, apas, chitaps or plain chapatis. Really, it’s yummy with anything!

My mom's Squid curry or makli khudi in a green platter.
Makli khudi mom style

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