Have I mentioned that I am a non vegetarian turned vegetarian post marriage? And yes, I do have tiny cravings sometimes. Not of meat, but of the gravies. Like the sukka masala of the famous Chicken sukka from South Karnataka. So what do I do? Substitute chicken with the Vegetarian favorite, Paneer and re-christen it as Paneer Sukka!
I have tried many recipes for sukka but the gravy did not taste as good as the chicken sukka I had eaten at my aunt’s place in Manipal. As far as I remember, she had got it from a house nearby where they would make fresh sukka on request for a price. The flavors of that sukka are still in my palate memories.
So after many trials, finally there came a day when I had to make a dish with Paneer and hubby wanted a sukka gravy for it. All this had to be done quickly as we were about to go out after that. Don’t know how but the mix and match in spices worked magic and we got an awesome Paneer Sukka that day.
Now this recipe has become a regular at our place and the only paneer dish that hubby asks for is this Paneer sukka. Also it hardly takes 15 mins to whip up this curry and no great chopping work too. You have to try it to know how amazing it tastes too. Happy and Healthy cooking!!
Health Benefits of Paneer/Cottage Cheese: Good Source of Calcium, If eaten in moderation, Paneer is associated with lower body weight and reduced risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome, Good source of Protein,Prevents Stomach disorders, Helps in lower back and joint pain.
200 grams Paneer cubes
1 medium sized Onion, chopped
1 Cup grated Coconut
5 to 6 dry Red chillies or to taste
1 tsp Tamarind paste
2 tsp Coriander seeds
2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 Tbsp Red chilli powder (Optional)
1/2 Tbsp Garam masala powder*
1 Tbsp Coconut oil
Salt to taste
* The garam masala powder I use for all my recipes is Mother’s Recipe Chole masala. This powder is so flavorful that it will enhance all your dishes ranging from pulaos to pav bhajis to regular sabzis to biriyanis. And no, I am not getting paid to promote them. Just a tip for those who don’t get good spice powders. This powder is a savior. 😉
1. Soak paneer cubes in hot water if using frozen, till use.
2. Dry roast coriander and cumin seeds in a pan till fragrant.
3. Take coconut, red chillies and tamarind in a mixer grinder and add the above dry roasted coriander-cumin seeds to this.
4. Grind to a slightly coarse paste adding little water. Keep aside.
5. Heat oil in a pan and fry onions till they turn translucent.
6. Add the ground paste and mix well.
7. Add the red chilli powder (only if you like it extra spicy) and garam masala powder.
8. Mix well and saute continuously on medium flame till the paste leaves oil.
9. Now add the paneer cubes along with salt and 1/2 cup water. Mix well.
10. Cover and cook on medium flame for 5 mins or till the paneer turns soft and blends well with the gravy.
11. When the mixture turns dry, remove from flame.
Serve with hot rice or rotis.