Dry chicken sukka

Its been a long time, I haven’t posted any chicken recipes. So when I got this recipe as well as picture from Madhura(My cousin’s wife) I was more than happy to post it here.

I love the taste of fennel seeds in any dish. So I decided to make this dish for a small get together at home. All my guests simply loved this dish. The clarified butter(ghee), fennel seeds, poppy seeds give an amazing taste as well as aroma to this dish. Also this is very simple to make, so it is a win-win situation. Just give it a try and I am sure you all will love this dish. Thanks a lot Madhura.

8 medium sized pieces(about 800 grams) of chicken
2 tbl spn coriander seeds
1/2 tea spn of fennel seeds(saunf)
A pinch of turmeric powder
1 tea spn each of black peppercorns, cumin and fenugreek seeds
1 tbs poppy seeds
12 garlic flakes
12 roasted whole dry red chillies
1 tbl spn tamarind paste
1 medium sized coconut grated
8 curry leaves
1 large onion finely chopped
2 tbl spn clarified butter(ghee) / butter /oil
Salt to taste

Heat a little clarified butter(ghee)/butter in a pan and roast the black peppercorns, turmeric powder, fennel, corriander, fenugreek and poppy seeds till aromatic. Allow to cool. Dry grind along with roasted red chillies and tamarind paste. This is the first paste.
Coarsely grind the grated coconut, garlic and cumin seeds (for just a round or two) without adding any water at all, till a ball can be formed of the paste. This is the second paste.

Mix the chicken with the first paste. Cover and cook ( without adding water) on low level in a heavy-bottomed pan for about 25 mins or till the chicken is almost cooked.
Add the second paste and salt to taste. Cover and cook on low level for about 3 minutes or till the chicken is completely cooked.
Heat the clarified butter(ghee)/butter in a pan, drop in the curry leaves and fry for a few seconds. Add the finely chopped onions and fry till brown. Pour this garnish over the chicken.

PS: The most important step in this dish is the dry grinding of the coconut. The paste needs to be very coarse and very dry….as dry as possible.

Preparation time: 28 minutes.

58 thoughts on “Dry chicken sukka”

  1. Hi Shilpa,
    Very happy to see this recipe as my amma also prepares it the same way. The aroma is just too good, though i dont eat non veg, i prepare it.
    So I am going to try this next time when my hubby gets chicken.
    Can u put some lamb(mutton) sukha recipes.
    Thank you

  2. Hi shilpa,
    a different recipe for chicken..shall try this one.
    I tried your Konkani style fish with little changes thrown in to adjust to my Bengali palate and it was really good. My husband and another bengali friend of mine liked it too

  3. Hi Shilpa
    Tried this out today and came out good..Thanks to Madhura and you for the recipe ..
    I think in the method u missed out to mention about fenugreek seeds so pls make that addition I although roasted that too with the rest to grind it together ..

  4. hi shilpa,
    in the recipe it says , one mdium coconut grated..isnt that too much coconut/?
    i made the dish ysterday..it came out well..though a bit dry..is it ok to put a little water today while warming it up?
    also whn i tried to dry gind the coconut..the coco which was down in the mixie,got ground a bit fine while the upper one was not that ground. also the pieces of garlic were kinda whole..is that ok?
    maybe next time i need to grind the cocnut in batches?


  5. Hi Shilpa,

    I will definitely try this one. I had the same query as Mufs, can I put little (very little)water while grinding?
    And another thing that I wanted to ask you is, what do you mean by black peppercorns? I hope you dont laugh at me for this question, but I am just learning to cook, and you are my first teacher. Just to confirm, does CUMIN mean JEERA???and is METHI called fenugreek seeds???? Please let me know, as I want to try out this recipe ASAP.

  6. Mufs, yes, grind the coconut in batches and if it is not at all possible to gring without water, add very little water.

    Sharon, yes, you can put very little water. THere are two types of peppers available in market. One is black and other is white. You have to use the black one for this. I donno which language you speak, they are called “Menasu” – Kannada, “Miryakan”- Konkani. More about it can be read here .
    Yes, cumin-jeera, fenugreek-methi

  7. Thanks Shilpa,
    My mother tongue is Marathi.
    I will be preparing Biryani today, as per your Biryani mix recipe. I would like to know, is Shan Masala famous? If I dont get Shan Masala, is there any other substitute?

  8. Hi Shilpa,

    Tried this. It was smelling great (i dont eat non veg, so cant comment more than that 🙂 ) My husband liked it very much. Thanks

    1. Poppy seeds are khaskhas (very small round white seeds)and mustard seed s means rai.

      Thanks for the reciepe ..i am gonna try out now.

  9. Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this today and it was delicious! This is one my husband’s favorite dishes. I have been looking for this recipe for a while now but none of them compelled me to try it, except yours 🙂 Thanks so much for posting it. This will be one of my regular dishes from now on.

  10. The recipes inthis websites are marvellous. They look so tasty and yummy. I want to try this chicken sukka, can any one tellme what is sanuf in kannada or kokanni or in hindi. Hope to get a favourable reply from u. I m new to this websit and all the recipes are good.

    Shilpa: Its called Badishepi in Konkani.

  11. thanks a lot i m from oman. if sanuf is badishepi what is fennel seed. i m sorry to trouble u again. do u have any idea what is Saha Jeera is?

    Thank u once again and all the best for ur good work

    Shilpa: Saunf is Hindi name, Fennel English and badishepi Konkani name for same. Shah jeera is black colored jeera.

  12. I found this recipe in the Bollywood Cookbook (thank you Suniel Shetty!!) and tried it with lamb! Wow wow wow!! This is one of my all-time favorite Indian dishes! ;D

  13. hi shilpa
    this recipe sounds tempting.
    will try it soon. thanks for wonderful dish
    keep up doing and sharing good tasty recipes
    Thank you.

  14. Hi Shipa,

    Good recipe. I tried it and it was great. My son is allergic to coconut so in stead I used cashewnuts. It was wonderful. Thank you for the great recipes. They truly make dinners fun and exciting.

  15. Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for the recipe! Being a many konkani myself, I browse for amchi recipes whenever I get a chance. The chicken sukka was delicious although I did cut down on the chili’s 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

  16. this is fabulous !! I love the chicken sukha from Maharaja Restaurant in Mumbai and this is as good as I remember that one being.. Im in the UK so crave dishes like this

  17. Hi, FYI –
    I chanced upon a cookery show on indian TV for Chicken Sukka, it had already started so i couldn’t get the list of ingredients. I googled the name Chicken Sukka, and the results list came up with your site (which I have bookmarked already). However, the second Google listing is for a site called syvum.com – when i compare the two recipes, it looks like your recipe on their site – exact same steps ….unless you have allowed them to sue your recipe already.

  18. Hi ,

    Thank you so much ..Just bcos of this recipe i could prepare Chicken Sukka for the 1st time in my life and i gave a surprise to my brother and fiancee..

    They loved it.

    Thanks a ton!!!!


    Ashwin M

  19. Hi Shilpa,

    Just want to check, can i subsitute poppy seeds with anything else.In Singapore we don’t get poppy seeds.

    Shilpa: Just leave it out and use other ingredients s in the recipe.

  20. I just tried your sukka chicken recipe. It was amazing. And of course the tips given were really useful. We all loved it. Mt husband kept wanting something like this and although I tried many different recipes, they never clicked. Finally I got exactly what I wanted.

  21. Hi! shilpa,
    I tried this yesterday! as usual with ur recipes it had an amazing outcome! thanks dear ! keep up the good work! Can i mail u some recipes handed down by word of mouth ,which u can try urself and may be post if u feel !! let me know!

    Shilpa: Sorry shubha, at this point, I am not taking any recipes as I am not able to try them because of my busy schedule. In future, I am thinking to create a reader’s recipes section, and you can add them there. Thanks for the asking.

  22. Thank you very much It helped me a lot , since my friends were comming in and they had asked me to prepare this dish. I was not very much familiar with the spices but this one helped me.

    Thanks again.

  23. Ramya Girish Prabhu

    Hi Shilpa,
    I had been longing to make chicken sukka, however cudn’t come across any good recipe online. Thats when i went thru ur recipe n decided to give a try, went by the exact measurement of ur ingredients. It came out really well and my husband just loved it. I am so happy for having finally found a perfect n easy recipe. Will definitely suggest this to others. Thanks tons!


  24. Ms. Shilpa,

    The recipie is really superb, sorry i took all the credit from my girlfriend for making such a cool chicken recipie. Wish to see more recipies from you !

    Thank you very much,

  25. Hi Shilpa, i tried your receipe for Chicken sukka it turned out to be amazing. Jus to confess to you i have become a fan of your website. Now everyday cooking has got much easier & tastier without much hassles. Thanks a lot again.

  26. Hi shllpa
    I always get confussed whether to use dried coconut or fresh coconut.Which one is to be used in this recipe?

  27. Hi! Shilpa,

    Thanks for the receipe, i recently got married in May, i do no much about cooking & chicken i never try, but this time i was very eager to learn & my husband likes only dry chicken, in this situation you receipe helped me & the taste & smell was yummy, my husband was smelling the flavour from outside & came inside & said ” i got nice masala smell, i thought it was from neighbour house, but it is in our house, thank you dear thank you so much”, so this credit goes to you Shilpa, since it was a good hit for me in my family.

    have a nice day

  28. Hi Shilpa
    Tried thjs last night..it is awesome…just dont have words to say…keep up your good work..

  29. Made this for dinner last night along with some ghee rice… it was absolutely DELISH!! I’ve tried chicken sukka a few times before, but this was the best so far. Am definitely saving this recipe for future use… thank you so much, Shilpa! 🙂

  30. Hi Shilpa,
    I hv been following your recipes for quite sometime. I have a query? Why do we have to use dry coconut instead of fresh ones?

  31. Hi Shilpa,

    Simply excellent!!

    Too good. Its aroma makes you more hungry. My relatives, especially my wife loved it.

    Could you tell me how to prepare sukha mutton?

    Waiting for your post….

  32. A great recipe. As I don’t eat chicken, I used this recipe with prawns and sometimes with eggs – it turned out great. Tastes really good with prawns – I must say. Thanks and I love your site – I refer to your recipes many times. Great work!

  33. Excellent recipe….. Made it exactly the way mentioned …. Came out really good …. Thanks a lot for this recipe … This recipe will go into my recipe book so that I can make it over and over again ….. ?

  34. Made this yesterday as I was tired of eating the same Chicken Tariwala every weekend. Had to substitute poppy seeds for sesame and fresh grated coconut by fried ground coconut, but still was an amazing dish!

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