Few days back my Hubby when returning from his office came home holding 2-3 covers.One of his colleagues had come from India,Kerala and gave some sweets,homemade pickles and one cover had these hairy root veggie...Koorka/Chinese Potato.In India I used to see these only in the town part groceries but have heard its a very common veggie in other parts of Kerala.No one from our family is into cooking this vegetable,so far I haven't heard anyone say about this either from my family members or my Hubby's side.
Wherever I have read about Koorka there was always a mentioning about the mess cleaning it.So at the first sight of these I was like"uf".Next day I was not in a mood to cook this but in the evening when I went to see my neighbour,her parents had come on a visit to Doha,so in between some talk I mentioned about this vegetable...oh there she goes, she was like non-stop telling me how much she loved this etc..hehe and she was the one who told me about the soaking part before cleaning,which made my work a lot more easier.Coming on to the recipe:
Koorka/Chinese Potatoes 500 gm(before cleaning)
Shallots sliced 1 cup
Coconut grated 3/4 cup
Red chilly powder 3/4 tsp
Garlic flakes 4-5
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala 1/4 tsp
Salt as needed
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Dry red chilly 1
Curry leaves a few
Oil 3 tsp
-Soak the Koorka/Chinese Potato for 15 to 30 minutes.Wash well under the running water to get rid of the mud.Peel the skin using a knife.Now again wash well under running water and then cut into small pieces.You will get approx.3 cups of chopped Koorka.
-In a sauce pan add the Koorka pieces,salt ,turmeric powder and enough water (just above the pieces).Cook till tender(Take care not to over cook).Drain and keep this aside.
-Coarsely grind the coconut,chilly powder and the garlic without adding water and keep this aside.
-Now heat a pan,add oil and splutter the mustard seeds.Then add in the dry red chilly and the curry leaves.
-Add in the chopped shallots and saute till translucent.Now add the coconut mixture and saute for 2-3 minutes,add salt, 2 tbsp of water and the cooked Koorka.
-Add garam masala and saute for another 2-3 minutes for every thing to get mixed properly.Keep covered and off the flame.After sometime serve as a side with Rice.