Goan Sungtache Sukhe | Prawns Sukha | Sukke

goan style sungtache sukhe prawns sukha sukke sukka prawns masala dry curry konkani

Goan Style Sungtache Sukhe | Prawn Sukha | Sukke recipe with detail instructions and a video. Sungtache Sukhe is a traditional and authentic Goan recipe made from prawns or shrimp. ‘Sungta’ means prawns in Konkani and ‘Sukhe’ in Konkani means a dry curry. Sungtache Sukhe is a tangy and spicy dry coconut based prawns curry. Prawns Sukha is called by different names throughout the Konkan belt like suka, Sukke, Suke, sukka, etc.

All non vegetarian lovers simply adore prawns. Prawns is one of the simplest seafood ingredients to work with. It can be used as a primary ingredient to make various types of dry and gravy curries, pickle, cutlet, shallow fry and rice. It can also be used as an optional secondary ingredient to enhance the taste of vegetable and lentil curries like malabar spinach curry. In Goa, fresh prawns are easily available in the local markets throughout the year. Thus, Goan cuisine contains lots of yummy mouth watering prawn recipes. The famous Goan recipes are prawns curry, prawns dangar, prawns tondak, prawns pulao, prawns balchao, prawns rawa fry, prawns sukha, dry prawns kismoor etc.

Ingredients of Sungtache Sukhe

Sungtache Sukhe is a very simple and easy recipe made using basic ingredients found in every Goan household. Like most Goan recipes, the dry curry mainly comprises of fresh grated coconut. The recipe uses basic spices like turmeric and red chilli powder for seasoning. The secret ingredient which actually enhances the dish is dried kokum or ‘sola’. Dried kokum is frequently used in Goan cuisine as a souring agent in seafood dishes. The kokum lends a nice tangy taste to this dish. The sourness of kokum perfectly compliments the spicyness of green chillies and chilli powder. This is a very quick recipe and the dish gets done in about 20 minutes.

In my home in Goa, my mom serves sungtache sukhe as a side dish with white rice and fish curry or dal. But you can also eat it with roti or chapati as per your liking and preference.

goan style sungtache sukhe prawns sukha sukke sukka prawns masala dry curry konkani
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Resting Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Course : Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine : Goan, Indian, konkani
Servings: 4


  • 100 gram prawns (medium sized, cleaned)
  • 1 cup coconut (fresh grated)
  • ¾ Tsp turmeric powder
  • Tsp red chilli powder
  • 3 onions (medium size, finely chopped)
  • 5 kokum
  • 1 green chilli (slit)
  • sea salt as per taste


  • Apply a little salt to the prawns and keep them aside for 15 minutes.
  • In a pan, add onions, green chilli, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Add 1/4 cup water and mix well.
  • Add enough water till all the onions in the pan get soaked in water. Cover and cook on medium heat till the onions turn soft.
  • Once onions are soft, add prawns. Stir well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  • After 2 minutes, cook the prawns uncovered till they are cooked and the water content in the masala reduces.
  • Add coconut and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Add kokum. Mix well. Cook for 2 minutes and switch off the flame.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use only medium sized prawns to make sungtache sukhe. 
  • Like most Goans, we have used sea salt to make this recipe. You can use any salt as per your preference.
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