Cabbage, potato masala (Cabbage Batate Sukke)

Cabbage, potato masala (Cabbage Batate Sukke)

Every Konkani meal by default has 2 types of veggie sides. One is called upakari, which is a simple stir fry of a veggie. Other is called sukke, veggies in a dry, spicy coconut masala. 

Veggies are cooked in a spicy coconut masala to make a dry, delicious side dish called sukke. Veggies are usually used in combinations. Beans & potatoes, cluster beans & onions (mitke sanga sukke), potatoes & cabbage and so on.

Cabbage & potatoes are a beautiful combo. Crunch & soft. When they're put together in a spicy coconut masala they taste super yum. Cabbage potato sukke is a favouriteeee at home. And our favouritee way to eat it is with hot hottt dalithoy (a simple Konkani style dal), dali tomato saaru or jeere meere saaru

Here's the recipe for cabbage potato sukke below. Wanna see it's making? Videos for you. Cabbage batate sukke in Konkani. Sukke means dry in Konkani, hence the name sukke for this dry side dish. 


  • 1.5 cups of finely chopped cabbage (1/2 of medium sized cabbage)
  • 1 big potato 
  • 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of urad dal
  • 1 lemon sized tamarind
  • 6-8 dried red chillies
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 leaflets of curry leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of oil

Serves: 3-4

Preparation Time: 25-35 minutes

Preparation Method:

1. Heat a wok. Add in 2 tablespoons of oil, mustard seeds.

2. Once the mustard stops popping, add in curry leaves & let them fry for few seconds.

3. Then add in washed, cubed potatoes. Peeled or unpeeled. Traditionally, the skin is left on, you could leave the skin on or peel it off.

4. Then add in 1 cup of water & let it cook closed on medium flame until the potatoes are half cooked.

5. Once the potatoes are half cooked add in chopped cabbage, salt & cook closed until cabbage & potatoes are almost cooked.

Add water if needed in between to help them cook.

6. Meanwhile, heat up a tempering pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil, urad dal, coriander seeds, pieces of dried red chillies & fry them until urad dal starts to brown.

7. Let them cool down, grind them along with grated coconut, tamarind into a smooth paste using water. 

Traditionally, the sukke masala (coconut masala for this dish) is kept a little coarse. I personally like it to be very smooth. Love that smooth texture to the dish. Your choice here.

Mom also adds little jaggery to this dish. Tastes super yum with or without it.

8. Once the cabbage, potatoes are almost cooked, add in the ground masala. 

9. Mix well. Add little water if needed. We need a dry dish in the end. Hence, it's called sukke.

But don't worry too much about the amount of water you add as it'll thicken on cooking, it'll further thicken & dry up on cooling down due to urad dal in it. 

10. Cook until the rawness of the masala goes off.

11. Check & adjust salt. 

12. Remove it from heat & serve hot with a bowl of piping hot rice & dalithoy or with jeer meere saar or with dali tomato saaru

P.S: Don't add too much water in the beginning to cook the potatoes and the cabbage as we want the sukke to be dry in the end. Add water little by little whenever required. If you add too much water you'll take a lot of time to get the dish dry in the end and the potatoes would be over cooked by then. We want the potatoes well cooked but firm. Also, as sukke is a dry side dish you don't want it runny in the end. But you bet watery sukke will taste great too in case you mess up & as I sais it'll get dry & thicken on cooling. :-)

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Tags: Vegetarian, spicy, lunch, side dish, sukke, Konkani recipe, Konkani dish, Konkani cuisine, Udupi cuisine, Mangalore food, Konkani food.