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koorka curry recipe, chinese potato recipe

spicy and delicious kerala style curry made with koorka. kurka or koorka are called as chinese potatoes in english.

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total time:
30minutes

koorka curry recipe with step by step pics. spicy and delicious kerala style curry made with koorka. kurka or koorka are called as chinese potatoes in english. according to wikipedia they are also known as native potato or country potato in africa.

koorka curry recipe

koorka is a tuber but tastes very different than potatoes. its has a rustic and distinct flavor. so in this curry the flavor of kurka is felt and blends nicely with the taste of coconut milk and spices. another recipe i make with them is this koorka stir fry recipe. i started making this koorka masala after adapting it from a cook book. it became a favorite at home and whenever i am able to get koorka, i make this curry with these earthy tubers.

koorka does not have any sliminess like yam or arbi (colocasia roots) nor does your hand itch when you peel them. also it has a firm texture when cooked.

cleaning koorka does take time. in kerala, my late grandmother used to place them in a gunny bag and pound them in the courtyard. as a result the peels would come easily. i do not have a luxury of a courtyard and if i pound them on the floor, the neighbor downstairs will knock at my door.

koorka masala recipe

so i always peel the skin with a peeler or knife and then thoroughly rinse them. sometimes there is a lot of mud covering koorka. so you have to really rinse well and scrape off the mud. when peeling do apply some oil on your hands as the hands do get stained.

if you do not have kurka, then you can also make this curry with just potatoes or mix vegetables or white button mushrooms. i have pressure cooked and made the curry in one pot to save time. you can cook the kurka curry in a pan too.

serve koorka masala with steamed rice, idiappam or kerala paratha or pooris.

if you are looking for more recipes from kerala cuisine then do check rice puttukootu curry, nendran banana chipstapioca masala and cucumber pachadi recipe.

kerala koorka curry recipe below:

koorka curry recipe, chinese potato recipe
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koorka curry recipe

spicy and delicious kerala style curry made with koorka. kurka or koorka are called as chinese potatoes in english.
course main course
cuisine kerala, south indian
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for masala paste:

  • 4 to 5 shallots or pearl onions or madras onions
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 10 black pepper (sabut kali mirch)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1 to 2 dry red chilies (sukhi lal mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water or as required

other ingredients for koorka curry:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sliced or chopped onions or shallots or pearl onions
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1 green chilli - slit
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 250 grams koorka (chinese potatoes or kurka) - peeled, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk or water as required
  • salt as required
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

how to make koorka curry recipe

cleaning koorka:

  1. take 250 grams koorka (chinese potatoes or kurka).

  2. rinse them thoroughly in running water to remove the mud. then peel them. after peeling, again rinse them very well in water. chop them. 

  3. then keep them immersed in water, so that they do not darken. keep aside.

making masala paste:

  1. in a small grinder jar. add shallots or pearl onions, garlic, black peppers, cinnamon, dry red chilies and coriander seeds.

  2. then add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and grind to a smooth paste. keep this masala paste aside.

making kerala style koorka curry:

  1. heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a 2 litre pressure cooker. add sliced or chopped onions (or shallots or pearl onions).

  2. next add curry leaves and green chilli (slit).

  3. mix well and begin to sauté onions on a low to medium flame till they turn translucent.

  4. then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and mix well.

  5. add the masala paste and mix again. 

  6. sauté masala till you see oil releasing from the sides of the masala.

  7. now drain all the water and only add the chopped koorka.

  8. mix and sauté for a minute.

  9. add 1 cup thin coconut milk. if you do not have thin coconut milk, then add 1 cup water. mix well.

  10. season with salt as per taste and mix. 

  11. pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles on medium flame or for 5 minutes.

  12. when pressure settles down on its own, open the lid.

  13. add 1 cup thick coconut milk. mix very well.

  14. keep the pressure cooker on stove top on a low flame and simmer koorka curry for 3 to 4 minutes. stir at intervals.

  15. switch off the flame and add 2 tablespoons coriander leaves. mix well.

  16. serve kerala style koorka curry with steamed rice or kerala parotta or nool puttu or pooris.

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how to make kerala style koorka curry recipe:

a) cleaning koorka:

1. take 250 grams koorka (chinese potatoes).

koorka to make koorka curry recipe

2. rinse them thoroughly in running water to remove the mud. then peel them. after peeling, again rinse them very well in water. then chop them. after chopping also you can rinse them.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

3. then keep the chopped koorka immersed in water, so that they do not darken. keep aside.

making koorka masala recipe

b) making masala paste:

4. add 4 to 5 shallots or pearl onions (sliced) and 3 garlic cloves (roughly chopped) in a small grinder jar. if using onions, then you can add ¼ cup chopped onions.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

5. then add 10 black peppers, 1 inch cinnamon, 1 to 2 dry red chilies and ½ teaspoon coriander seeds. 2 dry red chilies make the curry spicy. for less spiciness add 1 red chili. also use chilies like kashmiri or byadagi which are low in heat and pungency.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

6. add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and grind to a smooth paste. keep this masala paste aside.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

c) making koorka curry:

7. heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a 2 litre pressure cooker. add ¼ cup sliced or chopped onions or shallots or pearl onions.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

8. next add 8 to 10 curry leaves and 1 green chilli (slit).

making kerala koorka curry recipe

9. mix well and begin to sauté onions on a low to medium flame.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

10. sauté till the onions turn translucent. keep the flame to a low.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

11. now add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

12. mix well.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

13. add the masala paste.

making kerala koorka curry recipe

14. mix again. begin to sauté masala paste on a low flame.

making koorka masala recipe

15. sauté till you see oil releasing from the sides of the masala.

making koorka masala recipe

16. now drain all the water and only add the chopped koorka.

making koorka masala recipe

17. mix and sauté for a minute.

making koorka masala recipe

18. add 1 cup thin coconut milk. if you do not have thin coconut milk, then add 1 cup water. for a medium thick gravy, you can add ¾ cup thin coconut milk or water.

making koorka masala recipe

19. mix well.

making koorka masala recipe

20. season with salt as per taste.

making koorka masala recipe

21. pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles on medium flame or for 5 minutes.

making koorka masala recipe

22. when pressure settles down on its own, open the lid.

making koorka masala recipe

23. add 1 cup thick coconut milk.

making koorka masala recipe

24. mix very well.

koorka masala recipe, kerala koorka curry recipe

25. keep the cooker on stove top on a low flame and simmer koorka curry for 3 to 4 minutes. stir at intervals.

koorka masala recipe, kerala koorka curry recipe

26. switch off the flame and add 2 tablespoons coriander leaves. mix well.

koorka masala recipe, kerala koorka curry recipe

27. serve kerala style koorka masala curry with steamed rice, kerala parotta or nool puttu or pooris.

koorka masala recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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2 comments/reviews

  1. Dear Dassana, the method you mentioned for cleaning koorka was what we used to follow traditionally. But now it is much hassle free to wash the mud off the koorka by rinsing and then once it clears, we pressure cook for 1whistle and then peel. It is much easier and doesn’t stain the hand and the earthy flavour of koorka is well preserved.

    • Thanks Rema for sharing this method of cleaning Koorka. I am sure it will help everyone reading this post.

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