Travel along the Western Coast of India, from Malabar, through Mangalore to Goa, and the diversity of their cuisines will amaze you. Ingredients and produce that are so similar, yet with distinct and unique cooking styles, each region has many traditional signature dishes to offer. Kori Sukka or dry chicken curry in Mangalore style is one such specialty.
Fragrant and just moist enough, this dish brings together all the great flavours of the Konkan coast. Mellow tanginess of tamarind, subtle sweetness of coconut, unmistakable flavours of fried spices, and warm notes of dried chilies, this recipe has it all to make a great chicken delicacy.
What is special about Kori Sukka?
That’s a good question. There is something unique about this preparation that makes it different from any other chicken delicacy I have come across. We start by dry frying a selection of spices. Sliced onions are added to this mix, and fried just enough. Grated coconut and tamarind is added to this fried mix, and ground to a fine paste. Small pieces of chicken are now fried with some onions, and cooked in this ground paste. Anything special here? Probably not!
But now comes the special one. Just before we switch off, a dose of grated coconut is added to the cooked chicken curry. It’s mixed well, and served fresh with a garnish of coriander leaves. Now that’s special!
Morsels of chicken fried over a low flame with grated coconut and spices. Fresh flavours of the grated coconut is the unique touch of this preparation.
Try this recipe, and you’ll be delighted by the great balance of flavours this coastal delicacy has to offer. And to top it all, this recipe has been tailored to make it easy for you. Try it, share it, and I am sure you’ll love it!
Morsels of chicken fried over a low flame with grated coconut and spices - Fragrant and just moist enough, this delicious dish brings together all the great flavours of Konkan coast. Mellow tanginess of tamarind, subtle sweetness of coconut, unmistakable flavours of fried spices, and warm notes of dried chilies, this recipe has got it all to make a great chicken delicacy.
Don't worry about making the chicken boneless. In fact, it's good to have some pieces with bones
Dry frying the spices and grinding them as shown in this recipe gives a superior, authentic taste compared to the ready-to-use spice powders
*If you cannot get hold of these ingredients, or if you are too lazy to start from scratch, take coriander powder (1 1/2 tablespoon), garam masala (1 teaspoon), and chilli powder (depending on the heat level and colour), and proceed directly to step 5.
**Quantity of red chillies largely depends on the amount of heat that you want to add to your dish. I used three Kashmiri chillies (for colour), and two small red chilli peppers (they are hot).