How To Prepare Octopus Recipe Indian Simple

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Octopus, a marvel of the deep sea, finds a vibrant expression in Indian cuisine. This eight-legged wonder transforms into a textural delight when marinated in aromatic spices and cooked to perfection. This recipe takes you on a delightful journey, combining the essence of Indian flavors with the unique texture of octopus.


Barbecued Octopus Curry Masala
Barbecued Octopus Curry Masala

1 kg (2.2 lbs) octopus, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces

  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick (2-inch)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise (optional, for extra spice)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Cooked rice or naan, for serving

  • Directions:

    1. Marinate the Octopus: In a large bowl, combine yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, and salt. Add the octopus pieces and toss well to coat them evenly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, for deeper flavor penetration.

    2. Cook the Octopus: Heat oil in a large pan or pressure cooker over medium heat. Add fennel seeds, bay leaf, cloves, cardamom pod, and cinnamon stick. Let them splutter for a few seconds until fragrant.

    3. Add the sliced onions and green chilies (if using) to the pan. Sauté until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes.

    4. Add the marinated octopus along with the yogurt marinade. Stir well to combine.

    5. Pressure Cooker Method: If using a pressure cooker, add 1/2 cup of water and close the lid securely. Cook on high pressure for 20-25 minutes, or until the octopus is tender. Once the pressure releases naturally, open the lid and continue to the next step.

    6. Stovetop Method: If using a regular pan, add 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the octopus is tender and cooked through.

    7. Finishing Touches: Once the octopus is cooked, increase the heat to medium-high and simmer uncovered for 5-7 minutes, allowing the excess liquid to reduce and the sauce to thicken slightly.

    8. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with cooked rice or naan.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Please note that these are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Calories: 350-400

  • Protein: 30-35 grams
  • Fat: 15-20 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 20-25 grams

  • Conclusion:

    This Indian-spiced octopus recipe offers a delightful exploration of flavors and textures. The fragrant spices dance with the tenderness of the octopus, creating a truly memorable dish. So, ditch the ordinary and embark on this culinary adventure. You might just discover a new favorite!


    1. Can I substitute another seafood for the octopus?

    Yes, you can substitute firm-fleshed fish like cod, halibut, or swordfish for the octopus in this recipe. Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the fish pieces.

    2. What if I don’t have a pressure cooker?

    No problem! You can use a regular pan to cook the octopus. Just follow the stovetop method instructions provided.

    3. How can I tell if the octopus is cooked through?

    The best way to check if the octopus is cooked is to pierce a piece with a fork. If it goes through easily and is tender, it’s done.

    4. What are some other Indian spices I can experiment with in this recipe?

    Feel free to add a pinch of smoked paprika, kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves), or a touch of saffron for additional flavor variations.

    5. What are some good side dishes to pair with this recipe?

    This octopus dish pairs well with cooked rice, naan bread, roasted vegetables, or a simple salad.