Baby Octopus|Neerali|

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You can get baby octopuses in the Indian market and supermarkets in the frozen seafood aisles. In English, known as Scuttle. In Malayalam, it is called Neerali/ Nirali. It belongs to the family of cuttlefish, and squids.

Habitat 

These soft eight-limbed baby octopuses belong to the deep ocean waters and lurk around stones, seabeds, and coral reefs. They are short-lived and after the breeding season, both males and females die away. Indian Octopuses are found around the reefs of the Lakshadweep, coastal marine waters of the Andaman.

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Nutritional Value Facts 

 A person normally requires a 2000 calorie diet daily. Based on this, the nutritional breakdown of 100 grams of Baby Octopus (Seafood) is as follows:

  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Cholesterol: 240 milligrams
  • Calories: 70 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams
  • Fats:  1 gram per serving
  • Sodium: 480 milligrams

 Health Benefits 

 The wellbeing benefits of Baby Octopus (Seafood) are:

  • Cure for fertility: Octopuses contain minerals that help the human body build fertility and cure impotence issues.
  • Anti-Inflammatory properties:  It reduces the problems of the heart, blood clogs, and artery defects and reduces inflammations within the body.
  • Cancer-fighting ability:  It acts as a powerful antioxidant and prevents viral attacks and cancer growth within the body.
  • Mood Stability: With the intake of baby octopuses, the Omega-3 fatty acids regulate the hormones and prevent mood disorders.
  • Magnesium:  This mineral is abundant in this soft tasty seafood. It repairs cognitive tissues and protects the brain from degeneration.

 Cut Varieties

 We supply Frozen Baby Octopus in whole, with the ink and guts removed. These can be roasted or grilled or added to curries as per your taste.

 Texture & Taste

 The Baby Octopus texture is hard and tender on the whole- if cooked right. If you do saltwater and lemon brine, it will tenderize the meat. It is chewy, and slimy when raw.

The taste of the Baby Octopus is usually rubbery when cooked. But slow cooking is advised to enjoy the benefits of a mix of sweet and saltwater flavors of the sea. It has a mix of squids and lobsters when you bite into them.

Recipe Ideas

 Always remember to marinate it, and then boil a bit before frying or grilling it. Of course, the direct grill is good, but the rubbery texture will remain. Thaw our frozen octopus properly, and then prepare octopus masala, Indian octopus curry, and even the Kerala Octopus Roast recipe is perfect with a bowl of white rice.