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1 kg Small squid
1/2 c Corn oil
1 md Onion; finely chopped
1/2 c Short-grain rice
1/2 c Tomato puree
1/4 c Water
1 sm Cinnamon stick
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c Dry white wine
Select squid with hoods about 10-12 cm (4-5 inches) long.
To clean squid, pull off head and attached tentacles. Cut out eyes and
beak and discard. Clean dark skin from head and tentacles by pulling it
off or rubbing off with a cloth dipped in coarse salt. Rinse, chop 3 to 4
into small pieces and keep aside. Remainder may be stored and fried
Clean out hood (body) and remove transparent backbone from inside. Pull
or rub off skin. Rinse well, drain and dry.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and gently fry onion until transparent.
Stir in rice and stir over heat for 2 minutes. Add tomato puree, water,
cinnamon stick, cloves, chopped squid, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover
and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Remove cinnamon stick and cloves.
Fill hoods with rice mixture, packing it in loosely as rice expands and
hoods contract during cooking. Close top with wooden cocktail picks or
sew with strong thread.
Heat remaining oil in a deep pan and fry squid hoods until lightly
coloured, turning them frequently. Reduce heat, add wine, cover and
simmer gently on low heat for 1 hour or until squid is tender. Add a
little water to pan if necessary during cooking. Serve hot or warm as a
Source: The Complete Middle East Cookbook - by Tess Mallos
ISBN: 1-86302 069 1
Typed for you by Karen Mintzias