Tuesday, June 2, 2020



In our Konkani cuisine, a  "sukke" is a semi-dry side dish made with vegetables, greens or legumes. This medium-spiced dish generally has a coconut-based masala with the flavor of coriander and urad dal.

Elsewhere in this blog you will find recipes for "Sukkes" made with yard beans (alsande); yam ( surnu); cabbage; and Methiye Bajji ( Fenugreek Leaves) :-

Today's recipe is for a sukke made with Cluster Beans and Potatoes which are called Mitke Saang and Batata respectively in my mother tongue, Konkani. It is a satvik dish as it does not call for the use of  onion or garlic.

For best results, make sure the cluster beans are tender.  This side dish goes great with our normal meal of rice and dal.

  • Mitke Saang ( Cluster Beans ) , 250 gms
  • Batato ( Potato) medium-sized, 1 
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1 cup
  • Byadgi Red Chilies, 5-6
  • Tamarind, size of a small gooseberry
  • Coriander Seeds, 2 tsp
  • Urad Dal, (Black Gram Dal) 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig 
  • Jaggery, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Oil, 2 tsp + 1 tsp for roasting ingredients 
  • Salt, to taste

Wash the cluster beans  
Snip off the two ends of the cluster beans, de-string them and cut them into 1/2 " pieces
Wash and peel the potato and cut it into cubes
In 1 tsp of oil, roast the coriander seeds and  urad dal till they change colour
Add the red chillies and fry till they become crisp
In a mixer jar, grind together the coconut gratings, roasted ingredients ( red chillies, coriander seeds, urad dal ) and tamarind to a coarse paste using just the required amount of water. Keep aside
Heat 2 tsp of oil in a kadhai and on medium heat add the mustard seeds and when they splutter add the curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds
To this add the cut cluster beans and cubed potato
Mix well and add 3/4 to 1 cup of water
Cover and cook on medium heat till the cluster beans and potato gets cooked
Now add the ground paste, salt to taste, and grated jaggery
Mix well and cook till the excess water evaporates leaving a semi dry sukke
Transfer to serving bowl and serve Mitke Saang Batate Sukke with rice and dal

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