Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Koorka /Chinese potato fry

Koorka also known as Chinese Potatoes is a popular tubar in Kerala. Though it is similar in shape to small potatoes, it has got a unique taste, quite different from conventional potatoes. The only pain is the difficulty in removing the dirt / skin off Koorka – prior to cooking.It is a good idea to soak Koorka in water for 3-4 hrs prior to removing / cleaning this (it will still take atleast 5/8 rinses after cleaning out the skin- to get a decent washed appearance).The other way is to pressure cook it for one whistle and peel it like you would potatoes. The results would be worth the effort :-)

This is how koorka looks 
What you need for Koorka Fry:
  • Koorka - 1/2 kg peeled and cleaned
  • Small onion - 8
  • Green chilli - 2 slit
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Red chilli - 1
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
The preparation method:
  • Peel and clean the koorka. Cut into small pieces.
  • Heat oil in a pan.Splutter mustard seeds and add small onion,red chilli,green chilli and curry leaves. Saute till the onions turn slightly brown.
  • Add the koorka to this. Add little water and salt. Allow it to cook.
  • Switch off the flame when it is done.
  • Yummy and tasty koorka fry is ready to be served as side dish for rice.

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