Traditional Indian Recipes


Koorka is the root vegetable which is found in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In English it is known as Chinese Potato.

Koorka has a distinct flavour which makes it different from others tubers.

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Washing and peeling Koorka is a tedious process. But the end result is a tasty and spicy Koorka Mezhukupurathi. I usually wash Koorka in clean water 3 to 4 times to remove the dirt and mud from Koorka and then soak the koorka in water for 2 hours. It becomes easy to peel the skin of Koorka. Wash once again the peeled Koorka in clean water.

Koorka Mezhukupuratti is a tasty and simple recipe and use fewer ingredients.

Let’s go thru the process of preparing Koorka Mezhukupuratti:

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Koorka/ Chinese Potato               1 cup

Turmeric powder                           ¼ tsp

Salt to taste


Onions (chopped)                          1 big


Shallots (chopped)                         8

Dry red chillies                                4-5

Mustard seeds                                ½ tsp

Coconut oil                                       2 tbsp

Curry leaves                                     a spring

Jeera                                                  ½ tsp

 Procedure for preparing Koorka Mezhukupuratti:

  1. Wash and cut the koorka into pieces.
  2. In a pressure cooker add the Koorka pieces, turmeric powder, salt and enough water and cook till 1st whistle and lower the flame and cook for 2-3 minutes. Put off the flame.
  3. In a pan, heat coconut oil add mustard and jeera seeds when it starts to splutter add chopped onion, curry leaves and dry red chillies.
  4. Sauté on medium flame till onions turn light brownish. Add the cooked Koorka and sauté for 2- 3 minute on medium flame. Put off the flame.

Koorka Mezhukupuratti is ready. Serve with plain rice, chapatti or kanji.


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