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Matahari Calamari

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Matahari Calamari
3-4 servings Easy
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Ingredients (8)

  • 1 teaspoon Paprika Powder
  • a big pinch of Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Oregano, use fresh if available
  • a few scrapes of Lemon Zest
  • a pinch of dried Chili Flakes
  • a handful of yellow Cherry Tomatoes
  • fresh Lemon wedges
  • a big pinch of Flour
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Matahari means sun, in Malay. But that’s as much Malay-influence as it gets because this is a very sunny Mediterranean dish with a lot of paprika and lemon. A homage to the sun, if you may call it.


  1. 1Slice the squid into 1/2 inch thick rings.
  2. 2Add the garlic, paprika powder, pinch of flour, oregano, dried chili flakes, lemon zest, salt and pepper into the squid rings and mix to combine. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  3. 3Heat the pan until very hot with some olive oil and add the tomatoes. Saute for a few minutes before adding the marinated squid. You want to have small brown bits crisping up along the sides of the squid when it is cooked so keep sauteing and tossing until the squid is cooked through and the tentacles curled with crispy bits. Cook squid for no more than 5 minutes.
  4. 4Serve with a generous dousing of lemon juice.
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