Saturday, September 23, 2017

Spicy Octopus Curry

Okay, this was unfamiliar territory, but I love octopus , squid, prawns  ,  well basically most of the seafood. But even though I live in a country surrounded by the Indian Ocean, I rarely cook octopus, in fact I cooked it only once , and that was also in my aunt's kitchen in Kulhudhufushi when we went to visit her once.
Anyway, my cousin goes octopus hunting now and then with his friends so I asked my aunt to get him to catch an octopus for me and send it to me when someone comes over to Male'. So she sent me a big one , frozen but cleaned and ready to be chopped up to cook.
I called up a friend of mine, who cooks octopus often, for advice and she advised not to add any water when cooking just a tiny bit is enough as a lot of moisture will come out from the octopus it self.  The boys refused to eat it,  so it was just me and hubby, who enjoyed it with some rice and salad. You can even eat it with flat bread or even some potatoes.

Recipe: Spicy Octopus Curry

about 800g  octopus meat, cut into small pieces
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
about 10-12 curry leaves
2 tsp lonumirus ( Maldivian chilli paste)
1 tsp tomato paste
1/4 cup water
about 2-3 tbsp oil

Heat oil in a suitable sized saucepan or casserole with a tight fitting lid.  Add the onions and curry leaves and  saute till the onions start to soften and colour. Add the lonumirus and tomato paste and water and stir fry for a minute.

Add the octopus  meat and mix well in the chilli paste mix.    Cover and let it simmer over a low heat for an hour. A lot of liquid will come out from the octopus so dont be tempted to add more water. 45 minutes into cooking, remove the lid and let it simmer uncovered  till  almost all the water evaporates and you are left with a  thick rich sauce.

Taste , add salt to taste and if you like a little bit of lime juice. The octopus meat should be tender and not rubbery .  Switch off and  serve with rice or flat bread.


  1. I too love seafood! Sadly, good seafood with reasonable price seems impossible these days..the octopus curry sounds and looks awesome, Nammi.

  2. I love seafood too, and yes I would gladly enjoy your octopus curry! Looks delicious!

  3. Woooo Exotic but never dare to try or eat. 😝 Good you got them all clean... i am with your boys in this. But truly I have great respect for those who try new stuff especially in seafood lot.

  4. I would never go close to eating octopus. I can't have prawns due to allergy, I love to eat squids, can't imagine eating crabs as well... I bet my sister would love to try this out... hehe...

  5. Octopus curry sounds good to me ! Honestly, have yet tried this before. Kudos to you !
    Blessings, Kristy

  6. Adoro le preparazioni con il curry!!!! Complimenti


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