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East-Indian Curry with Squid, Calamari or Makli

Dry Squids Curry - Makli Curry

Squid or calamari is called makli in India. Where there are many versions of Indian squid curry you will find that this spicy east-Indian makli curry is second to none. Made with aromatic bottle masala and tomatoes this is one you will make over and over again.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Anglo-Indian, East-Indian, Goan, Indian
Keyword Curry, East-Indian recipes, Fish, Makli, squids
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 209kcal
Cost $15



  • 250 grams Squids Makli

Grind to a paste

  • 1 med Onions small
  • 4 small Garlic cloves
  • ½ inch Ginger
  • 2 Green chilies
  • ¼ cup Coriander Kothmir


  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 2 Tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp Bottle masala or less per taste
  • 2 tsp Tamarind pulp or ½ inch fresh tamarind
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper


  • Clean, wash and chop the squids/makli into small pieces (about 2 inches)
  • Place all the paste masala ingredients in a mixer or food processor and blend until smooth - use a little water if necessary
  • In a pressure cooker (or instant pot) add oil and saute the paste masala until fragrant
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook until soft
  • Then add the bottle masala and saute until fragrant
  • Next, add the squids (makli) saute for two minutes until well coated with the masala
  • Add ¼ cup water, season with salt and pepper.
  • Close the pressure cooker and cook for 5 minutes after the first whistle.
    For instant pot, close the valve and pressure cook for 5 minutes - natural release
  • Open the cooker, add the tamarind paste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as necessary.
  • Serve with roti, chapati or rice.


It is often served as a side dish so we keep it dry but you can add a little water to make some gravy and serve with steamed rice. Alternatively, you can add ¼ cup coconut juice to make it a squid coconut curry. If you don't have tamarind you can use some lemon.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 1114mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3122IU | Vitamin C: 101mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 8mg