Spicy Tandoori Squid Fajitas: A Fusion of Indian and Mexican Flavors

Oct 29, 2023 | Main Courses


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45 minutes
15 minutes

Spicy Tandoori Squid Fajitas with Curry Sauerkraut


The sizzle of the pan, the aroma that envelops the kitchen, and the burst of flavors that dance on your taste buds—this recipe I’m about to share with you embodies the essence of my culinary adventures. It pays homage to the rich traditions of Indian tandoori cuisine, while incorporating a twist from Mexican fajitas. This fusion of flavors came about during a travel rendezvous in Mumbai, where I stumbled upon a quaint street stall tucked away in a bustling market. The stall’s owner, a man by the name of Rajesh, introduced me to a unique culinary masterpiece, which he called Spicy Tandoori Squid Fajitas with Curry Sauerkraut. The combination intrigued me, and after a delightful conversation with Rajesh about his inspiration, I knew I had to recreate this dish and share it with the world.



For the spicy tandoori squid:
– 500 grams fresh squid, cleaned and sliced into thin rings
– 1 cup plain yogurt
– 2 tablespoons tandoori masala
– 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
– 1 teaspoon red chili powder
– 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– Salt to taste
– Vegetable oil, for cooking

For the curry sauerkraut:
– 2 cups sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
– 1 small onion, finely chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon curry powder
– 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
– Salt and black pepper to taste

For serving:
– 4-6 flour tortillas
– Fresh cilantro, chopped
– Lime wedges


1. Marinate the squid:
In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, tandoori masala, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Add the squid rings to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Cover the bowl and allow the squid to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for maximum flavor infusion.

2. Prepare the curry sauerkraut:
Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sautéing until they turn golden brown and fragrant. Sprinkle in the curry powder, cumin powder, salt, and black pepper, stirring everything together for about a minute. Add the sauerkraut to the skillet, mixing well to combine the flavors. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes, allowing the sauerkraut to absorb the curry spices. Set it aside.

3. Cook the tandoori squid:
Heat a drizzle of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the marinated squid rings, shaking off any excess marinade as you do so. Cook the squid for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until they turn opaque and slightly charred. Be mindful not to overcook the squid, as it can become rubbery. Once cooked, remove the squid from the skillet and set them aside on a warmed plate.

4. Assemble the Spicy Tandoori Squid Fajitas:
Warm the flour tortillas in a separate skillet or microwave, ensuring they are pliable. Place a generous spoonful of curry sauerkraut onto each tortilla, spreading it evenly. Add a few pieces of the tandoori squid on top of the sauerkraut. Garnish with fresh cilantro, and squeeze a wedge of lime over each fajita for an extra zing.

5. Serve and enjoy:
Roll the tortillas tightly into fajitas, securing them with toothpicks if necessary. Arrange the fajitas on a serving platter, alongside extra lime wedges and a bowl of spicy chutney or mango salsa, if desired. Serve them hot, encouraging your guests to take a bite of the delectable flavors created by this vibrant fusion.

Tips and Variations:

– If you don’t have access to tandoori masala, you can make a substitute by combining equal parts ground coriander, ground cumin, paprika, and turmeric.
– For added freshness, consider adding thinly sliced onions and bell peppers to the skillet when cooking the tandoori squid. These vegetables will beautifully complement the flavors.
– Experiment with different types of tortillas—spinach, whole wheat, or corn—to suit your preferences and dietary needs.
– For an extra kick of heat, sprinkle some finely chopped green chili or drizzle hot sauce over the assembled fajitas.

This recipe captures the vibrancy of culinary cultures colliding, resulting in a truly unique and delightful dish. Feel free to adapt and make it your own, embracing the flavors that speak to you. Now, embark on this flavorful journey and savor the intriguing synthesis of Spicy Tandoori Squid Fajitas with Curry Sauerkraut.

Spicy Tandoori Squid Fajitas with Curry Sauerkraut

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