'Bade ka sukka' - a traditional beef dish of India's Old Mysore region

Bade ka sukka is a traditional south Indian beef dish from the Old Mysore region
Bade ka sukka or 'Dry beef' is a traditional Muslim beef dish of Old Mysore region*. It may surprise you that not all Muslims eat beef in Karnataka (or at least not all did when I was a kid in 1980s). I came from one such family. Beef was a rarity in my father's family in Tumakuru and his mom never touched it. Beef was considered a poor man's protein (being cheaper than fish, mutton and chicken) and people usually didn't like to be seen at a butcher shop selling beef (a shameful act that has thankfully changed today). My mom's family was opposite. They were from Bengaluru and were voracious beef eaters. My nani (maternal grand mom) and her daughters cooked some of the tastiest beef dishes. As some one who loved good food, I would relish every visit to my mom's family in Frazer Town. And each time I returned to Tumakuru, I craved for some beef. As teenagers we cousins would save money and visit the few hotels serving beef around Tumakuru town, often without telling our families. Among the most common dish and delicious dish was called Bade ka sukka in Dakkani dialect. It is cooked beef flavoured with traditional Indian spices, curry leaf and ginger as well as garlic among others. 

Bade ka sukka beef dish under preparation in northern Canada in fall 2019
Moving to Canada in early 2000s I found beef to be as popular as chicken among the people and certainly more popular than goat or lamb meat. Canada is among the world's largest producers of beef. Easy accessibility meant I got to bring home and cook and more beef. And the interactions with colleagues and university mates from other countries particularly Pakistan and Afghanistan meant I learnt about more meat dishes including beef, the most popular of which is Lahori Nihari. But when it is time to eat beef that reminds me of home back in India, Bade ka sukka is what I fall back on, thanks to my better half who is an amazing cook. 

*Old Mysore region is the part of modern day Karnataka state that remained as princely state of Mysore under British rule over India till 1947. The state was a remnant of the larger Mysore Kingdom that was broken up by the British after Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan died on the battlefield in May 1799. 


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