Kombadi Sukka Masala is basically a dry chicken gravy from Maharashtra where some authentic, traditional spices are used in it’s preparation alongwith coconuts. This dish tastes absolutely delicious and different from the regular chicken curry. Traditionally it is relished with vade, a type of fried flatbread similar to puri but quite different from it in texture as well as taste. This is a dish found generally in restaurants serving Malvani food!
The Malvan region and Kolhapur in Maharashtra are famous for some of their masalas (spice powders) such as the Malvani Masala and the Kolhapuri Kanda Lasun Masala. When combined together in coconut based gravies, they impart a delicious flavour to any dish, though in some gravies they have to be used individually. These masalas are available in various stores in Maharashtra and online too and the recipes for the same too are available on the net.
For some more such dishes, do take a look at the following recipes too….
- Kombdi Vade
- Manglorean Chicken Masala
- Chicken Korma
- Methi Murg
- Kombdi Kaleji Sukkaa Masala
- Hirvaa Kombadi Masala
- Mutton Vade
- Kheema Matar
Here’s the recipe for Kombdi Sukka Masala….
Prep Time : 40 min
Cooking Time 45 min
Serves : 8
Cup Used : 200 ml
- 750 gm Chicken
- 6 cups Finely Chopped Onions (7 Onions approximately)
- 15 Garlic Cloves
- 1.1/2″ Ginger
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 1/2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
- 3 tsp Malvani Mutton Masala
- 3 tsp Kolhapuri Kanda Lasun Masala
- Salt to taste
For the Marinade :
- 2 tbs Curds
- 1 tbs Ginger Garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
For Roasting :
- 2 tbs Oil
- 6 Cloves
- 3 sticks Cinnamon (2″ each)
- 6 Black Peppercorns
- 6 Green Cardamoms
- 2 tsp Cumin seeds
- 3 tbs Corriander seeds
- 2 1/2 cups Fresh Grated Coconut
- 1 1/4 cup Dry Grated Coconut
For Roasting On Direct Flame :
- 1 piece Dry coconut (3″ piece)
For Tempering :
- 4 tbs Oil
- 3 Cloves
- 4 sticks Cinnamon (1″ each)
- 3 Green Cardamoms
- 1 Black Cardamom
- 3 Black Peppercorns
- 2 Bay Leaves
- To make Kombdi Sukka Masala, first rinse the chicken pieces thoroughly and drain out all the water.
- Grind the ginger and garlic to get a smooth paste and set aside till further use.
- Cut the chicken into desired sized pieces and marinate them with curds, turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste and set aside till further use.
- Heat a kadhai for roasting the coconut and add a tablespoon of oil to it.
- First roast the mentioned whole spices in it and set aside.
- In the same kadhai, add another tablespoon of oil and add the fresh grated coconut.
- Roast till it is slightly browned. Add to it the dry grated coconut and roast further on low to medium flame till it is well browned.
- Switch off the flame and cool down all the roasted ingredients.
- In the meantime, heat a kadhai and add oil to it. Add all the whole spices mentioned for tempering.
- As soon as they splutter, add the finely chopped onions and saute till translucent.
- At this stage, add the remaining ginger garlic paste and saute further till the onions are well browned.
- Next, add the turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, malvani mutton masala and kolhapuri kanda lasun masala and mix well.
- If you desire to add potatoes, peel and halve them and add to the onions and mix well.
- Add some water and cover and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- Next, add the chicken and saute for a few minutes. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally.
- Whislt the chicken is cooking, grind first the roasted whole spices using a little water.
- Add to it the roasted coconut and grind coarsely giving just a pulse or two or as required. Keep it aside till further use.
- When the chicken and potatoes are well cooked, add the ground coconut paste and mix well.
- Add salt to taste and bring the gravy to a boil.
- Reduce the flame and simmer further for a few more minutes till the gravy is almost dry.
- Switch off the flame and transfer the chicken gravy to a serving bowl.
- Garnish with corriander leaves and serve the delicious Kombdi Sukka Masala with Vade and some fresh salad! Do serve some appetising Sol Kadhi by the side!