There can be some confusion on the difference between squid and calamari. Some say calamari is cooked squid and is the Italian word for it. Some say there is no difference. Some swear by the the distinct difference in the tenderness. I myself got quite confused. Regardless, the easiest, foolproof way to distinguish between what you’re cooking is by the flaps; calamari’s wings, or flaps are longer and more triangular and spread all the way across their bodies. Squid have smaller, pointier flaps that are very narrow at the end.
Back to the dish, just make sure you prepare and clean the squid well as it can make all the difference between a good dish and a bad, slimy one. Always remove the cartilage running along the entire length of the squid. pull it out and it comes off clean. It should look like a clear sliver of glass. Rinse, rinse and rinse to get nice, clean rings.
The result should be tender squid rings which have absorbed the flavor from turmeric, an ideal side dish to go along with rice.Print