Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Turkish-Style Fried Calamari

(Kalamar Tava)

Turkish-style Fried Calamari
1 package (340 gr) Calamari rings, frozen, thawed

1/2 cup beer
5 tbsp all purpose flour

1 cup sunflower oil

Put the thawed calamari rings on a paper towel to soak up extra water, dry them well. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk batter ingredients in a bowl. Soak the rings into the batter.

Heat up the oil. Pour a drop of batter into the oil to get the right heat. Place the rings into the oil one by one. Fry them for a total of 1 minute*. Stir a few times with a perforated spoon. Put the rings on a plate with a paper towel to soak up extra oil. Serve Turkish-style Fried Calamari with Turkish Tarator Sauce while still hot.

* Overcooking makes it chewy & rubbery
** Freezing calamari softens very firm muscle fibers. After freezing, calamari becomes more tender and flavorful.
*** Calamari can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Once thawed, it should be used within three days.

Turkish-style Tarator Sauce for Seafood
(Tarator Sos)

1/4 cup walnuts or pine nuts, ground
1/2 cup day old Turkish bread, ground
2 garlic clove, mashed with salt
1 cup plain yogurt, at room temperature
2 tbsp olive oil

Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Serve Tarator Sauce with Turkish-style Fried Calamari, Turkish-style Fried Mussels..



At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur,

Is there a way to make the alcohol without beer?

At 9:06 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You can use water instead of beer:)

At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can i use normal day old bread or breadcrumbs??? x x

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Victoria,
You can use French or Italian bread. You shouldn't use bread crumbs or toast bread :)


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