Squid|Koonthal|

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Squids fall under the seafood category and are a festive culinary buy for most people in India. In English, it is known as Calamari, InkFish, Squid, and Sea Arrow. In India, Kerala (Malayalam), is called Kanava, Koonthal.

 Habitat

 Indian Squids live in the ocean waters and even the coastal water lines in certain parts of the world. In India, they are generally around the Indian Ocean. Mostly, these fast swimmers have been spotted on the west coast of India where the seas are shallow. In the ocean, they go deeper in search of prey.

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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 Squid (Seafood) is:

  • Protein: 18 grams
  • Cholesterol: 260 milligrams
  • Calories: 175 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 8 grams
  • Fats:  7 grams per serving
  • Sodium: 306 milligrams
  • Potassium: 279 milligrams

 Health Benefits

The wellbeing benefits of Squid (Seafood) are: 

  • Fats: They have high fats and that is why squids have high cholesterol content. They have high Omega-3 fatty acid that is good for the heart, but limited consumption is advisable.
  • Vitamin C: It builds immunity against viral infections and builds muscles in the body.
  • Least mercury content: This is one of the seafood that contains the least mercury content. This means it is healthy and contains fewer harmful chemicals.
  • Eye health: As it contains Vitamin A, this is great for eye health and even growing children and during pregnancy.
  • Low in Sugar: This high-protein seafood is low in sugar and perfect for those who have diabetes, are obese, and those who aim to reduce weight without losing energy levels.

 Cut Varieties

We supply Frozen Squid that is skinned, cleaned, and packaged in whole chunks, tube cleaned varieties and even small rings that are ready to use as starters.

 Texture & Taste

Squids texture is meaty, looks pearl white, and sticky to the touch. The fresh ones have translucent, glowy flesh and look similar to cuttlefish.

The taste of the squid has a mild, sweet flavor. Young ones will have a mild taste that resembles lobster of prawns. The big ones that are cooked well are rubbery, opaque have a unique flavor depending on the water.

Recipe Ideas

Squids are great for health and some of the Kerala seafood recipes include Naadan Koonthal Roast and even squid fry braised in garlic and peppers. The Malabar style Squid Roast is lip-smacking and worth a try.