Monday, August 30, 2010

SOTONG MASAK HITAM (SQUID IN BLACK INK)


For long long time, I have eaten this dish cooked by my mum. It is so special because it is the only gravy that uses black ink obtained from the squid.

It is quite simple to prepare but you need time to clean the squid, from removing the outer film off the skin, eyes and hard substance found on the head but retaining the ink sac. If more ink is used it turns more darker tone.

The squid is simmered in a spicy gravy using dry chili, onion, garlic, turmeric and lemon grass. Do not overcook squid, it will become rubbery.

INGREDIENTS

500g medium squid cleaned
1 stalk lemon grass crushed
3 T oil
lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
salt to taste

GRIND
10 dry chili, soak to soften
1 big onion
3 cloves garlic
1/2 inch ginger
1 cm turmeric root
1/4 C water

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METHOD

* Clean the squid, rub off thin film, remove hard substance from the head, cut away the eyes and retain the ink sac. Wash and drain.

* Heat the oil, fry ground ingredients together with lemon grass until fragrant.

* Add the squid and salt, stir then cover for 1-2 minutes. Add some water.

* Press the ink sac with spoon and add this to the gravy, it turns black in color.

* Stir for few minutes, add salt if needed, remove from heat. Do not overcook, it will become rubbery. Add lemon juice and stir.

* Serve hot with steaming white rice.


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18 comments:

aipi said...

Being a vegetarian this is an unfamiliar territory for me..but I can tell it looks awesome!!

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Priya said...

Very interesting dish, very new to me..

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Soup sounds great, how will it be if I substitute prawns instead of squid, am not a big fan of them ?

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Ananda Rajashekar...yes you can but missing that black color of this dish, hope you try and let me know how it turns out.....

Cooking Gallery said...

I have never tried squid with the black ink, but this recipe sounds very good!

Kamalika said...

recently I have become fan of squid...will try is recipe....

Ayu Safieza said...

Most likely, my mom's recipe.....it is good to keep those old days recipe right....? Remind of my childhood.....:) thanks dear T&T..

Satrupa said...

Never have tried suid ...... I am a bit conservative when it comes to food. But this looks great.

Cheers n Happy Cooking,
Satrupa
http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

Rumana Rawat said...

Really a lovely recipe:)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

cleaning the squids is such a tiresome job....looks interesting...
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Sushma Mallya said...

i have never tasted squid but the gravy looks awesome...

Suman Singh said...

something very new to me but that looks delicious.

Krishnaveni said...

never tried squid, looks tempting

Juliana said...

Wow, this is so interesting...squid in its own ink...

Babli said...

Very nice and interesting dish.Looks delicious and tempting.

MaryMoh said...

Interesting to me....squid cooked in its black ink! I wonder how it tastes like. Looks delicious.

Sarah Naveen said...

interesting and yummy!!!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Dear friends,

Thanks for your sweet and encouraging comments...

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