Kanava Thoran | Squid Thoran


Kanava Thoran is a very popular and favorite dish from Kerala, God’s Own Country. This seafood dish is very commonly seen is coastal areas. Kerala is a land of coconuts and you will find coconut based dishes quite popular here. Kanava Thoran is a delicious coconut stir fry that can be enjoyed well with a bowl of hot rice. What makes the dish unique and special is the aromatic coconut mixture that blends very well with cooked squid. Coconut mixture adds to the nutty flavor of the dish. Crushed pepper enhances the spicy natural flavor of the stir fry. Squid Thoran is an easy to prepare dish that requires readily available ingredients. This Kerala style preparation is a popular fare in the toddy shops. Kallu shappu version of Squid Thoran is much more spicier and hot compared to home style cooking. The traditional version of Kanava Thoran is prepared in earthen or clay pots. You cook in ‘Aduppu’ for that enriched original flavor of the dish. Anybody vacationing in Kerala should taste a Kanava Thoran from a toddy shop, that is a real treat.

Squid Thoran makes an excellent combination with white rice or boiled kappa. Squid is nutritious, rich in vital nutrients required for body. My family are great lovers of sea food. So whenever we chance upon coastal areas, we go for freshly prepared fish delicacies. We get different varieties of fish and shrimp. But lately we are getting more of squid. Loaded with all vital nutrients, fish delicacies like Squid Thoran make a great choice. The best thing is Kanava Thoran requires just a few minutes for preparation, perhaps one of the easiest side dishes available. You can explore a well detailed Squid Thoran here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy the dish.


Kanava Thoran | Squid Thoran

Kanava Thoran | Squid Thoran

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 6 people



  • For preparing the delicious dish, first clean, wash and cut squid into small squares.
  • Roast turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder together in a pan without oil.
  • Mix the roasted masala powders and garam masala with grated coconut (Mix it with hand for better results). Keep this aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add sliced shallots, chopped ginger, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute till shallots becomes soft.
  • Now add squid along with salt and saute for a while. Close it with a lid and keep it on a medium - low flame till squid is done.
  • Now, add the previously prepared coconut masala and crushed pepper. Mix well, check salt and add more if needed. Cover and keep in a low flame for about 5 to 10 mins. Remove the dish from fire when it is dry. Serve hot with steamed rice.


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