Monday, April 12, 2010

Koorka Mezhukkupiratti/Chinese potato stir fry and Award

Koorka (Chinese Potato) is familiar to all malayalees..It is also known as "chivakizhnagu'", "cheenakizhangu" or "sheevakizhangu". In Kerela, people usually use the word sheema(ശീമ) (or cheena - ചീന) as a prefix to point out (refer) the items/things are related to (or originated from) China. For example the wok which is originated form china is known as cheenachatty.
Koorka is a seasonal vegetable. In Kerala, it is normaly cultivated during the months of July-August. It is more popular in northern Kerala. Here in USA, we hardly find this product in any shops,sometimes we can find this vegettables in chinese and indian grocery.The best thing is that here in US we can find the cleaned and cut koorka, sometimes cooked one (in frozen form) is also available. However the frozen one doesn't have the exact taste, but nothing is better than something .so we used to buy it whenever we find it in the shops regardless of whether it is fresh or frozen.
I am a great fan of this vegetable. My favorite dish is koorka mezhukkupuratti (Stir fry),like to have it with plain rice. Yesterday while shopping ,in the indian grocery, we found this vegetable. I was so happy. Bought 4 packets ( we don't know whether it will be available for our next shopping :))
Amma used to prepare this at home but i always found the cleaning part is so difficult. Because of the small size it takes more time to rub off of the skin.. At once I can finish 1-2 plate full of koorka with a bowl of rice. I don't need any other curry..My husband also loves this dish. 
Usually we used to dine out on weekends..But this Saturday (yesterday) I was not interested to go out for dinner. I told my husband that always having food from outside is not that good for our health. My hus really got surprised because on weekends I always ready to dine out. While having the dinner he said "Ok, now I know why the outside food is not good for health" ( I prepared the koorkka mezhukkupiratti and rasam).
This one is a very easy to prepare dish. If u running out of time and have this veg in ur refrigerator go with it. if u need some curry just prepare rasam. Not necessary prepare any other dish.
Ok let me explain the preparation of this delicious mezhukkupiratti.
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Cost of the item: 2.99 usd/bag
Ingredients
Koorka(chineese Potato) : 1 cup
Shallots/Onion: 8 nos/1/2 portion
Green Chili: 3 nos
Garlic: 1 pod
Turmeric Powder:1/2 tsp
Oil : 3 tbsp
salt: to taste
Curry Leaves: 1 spring
Preparation
Step1
  • Dice the onion into very small pieces.
  • Here i got the cleaned and cooked koorka .If u r using the fresh koorkka,clean it and cut into small pieces. Cook it with very little water and pinch of turmeric (add salt to taste).
Step2:
    • Heat oil in a pan ,add the chopped garlic and green chili. sauté for sometime
    • Add the diced onion and saute well
    • Add the turmeric powder and salt,mix well
    Step3:
    • Add the cooked koorka into the onion mix.Let it cook for 5 minutes in medium heat.
    • Garnish with curry leaves.
    The delicious Koorka is ready to have.Have it with rice
    Cook's Tip
    •  if u r using the fresh koorka.,Wash it 3-4 times after rub off the skin
    • Cut them into small pieces and add turmeric powder and salt while cooking(if u r using fresh one)
    • Do not over cook the koorka.
    • The garlic is optional.I always use garlic with the ground vegetable as because its good for digestion.
    I have received a bunch of awards from Yummy o yummy team..dear yummy team thanks for sharing these awards with me.

    About Yummy team,i really like the Yummy o Yummy blog because they have a good collection of recipes.the best part i like is their presentation.

    56 Said:

    Sushma Mallya said...

    Simple and yummy fry,love such simple recipes which are quick to do ...and congrats on your awards too prani...hope there is lots more coming your way

    Kamalika said...

    Congrats dear on your awards and Thanks a lot for sharing with me....the dish is just scrummy....

    Krishnaveni said...

    congrats on your beautiful awards and thanks for sharing with me. stir fry looks really great

    SathyaSridhar said...

    Congrats on ur awards dear,,,and i read ur post me too like dining out on weekends, if my faav foood at home means avoid to go restaurant. this week we didnt went to restaurant even my hubby was surprised n laughed looking at me... well said dear,,rasam n potato fry is all time comfort foood no other food can't beat rasam.simple n yummy potato fry..

    srividhya Ravikumar said...

    Thanks prani for remembering me in your list.. I just posted it on my blog.. Thanks a lot

    Pravs said...

    koorka.. my all time favorite side dish..yum ! Congrats on the awards and so sweet of you to share this award with me. Thanks a lot for the award.

    simply.food said...

    Congrats on the award wishing you many more to come.Thanks for sharing it.
    This potato is new to me but looks delicious.I love dry curries.

    Padhu said...

    Congrats on your award and thank you for sharing it with me .Potato looks yummy!!

    Jagruti said...

    Hey this chinese fry looks so nice! congrats on your awards! thanks a lot for sharing with me...

    Smita Srivastava said...

    The chinese potatoes look so yummy , congrats for the awards too !!!.Thanks a lot for sharing the award with me . i'l link it in my upcoming post ...

    Smita
    @Little food Junction

    Jay said...

    Congrats on your awards dear...wishing you many more success in blogging. Thanks for sharing with me...Chinese potato fry looks awesome.

    Madhura Manoj said...

    Potato stir fry looks perfect.Congrates on ur awards...

    Uma said...

    I like all stir fry vegetables.. this looks delicious.
    Congrats on your awards Prani! May you have many more. Thanks for sharing your award with me!

    Priya said...

    Tempting stirfry, looks delicious...COngrats on ur awards...keep rocking..

    divya said...

    Potato stir fry looks perfect.Congrates on ur awards...

    Kairali sisters said...

    Ayyo..We love koorka..but never found them here in any grocery stores....Love it prani...

    Congrats on the awards and thank you soo much for remembering us....

    Love
    Kairali sisters

    divya said...

    Thanks a lot for sharing the award with me . i'l link it in my upcoming post..

    Springbird said...

    Nice dish. Thanks for the award.

    nisha said...

    Koorka is one of my all time favorite.

    Congrats on your awards and thanks for thinking about me too.

    Suhaina said...

    Hey Prani,super koorka recipe. I love this, but cannot get here in Singapore. I am drooling here. Niceclick too.
    Congrads on ur awards dear..

    my kitchen said...

    Yummy recipe,looks awesome

    Gita Jaishankar said...

    I have never cooked with this veggie...sounds interesting and very tasty looking fry....will try this soon :)

    Akal's Saappadu said...

    koorkka mezhukkupiratti and rasam is an excellent combination!!! no wonder you didn't want to dine out :-)

    I have tasted this in one of my friend's house back in India!! your preparation sounds simple & delicious!!! have to try to get these in exotic stores next time I go !!!
    congratulations for the awards and enjoy!!!!!

    Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

    Prani, thanks for the award. This is an absolute new recipe and veggie for me. I never heard of it before. Looks yummy !!!

    PS said...

    Hi prani, congrats on your awards..and its very kind of you to share these awards with me..love your stir fry, yum yum

    Panchpakwan said...

    Congarts on awards Prani..well derseved..
    Stir fry looks delicious..

    Yummy Team said...

    Thanks for your kind words Prani..Wish you many more awards..

    Koorkka mezhukkupuratti is my fav too..Am drooling!! Nice pic..

    Kanchana Praveen said...

    Congrats on your award. Fry looks crispy and delicious.

    Kalyani said...

    Fry looks delicious ... ur blog has a nice collection .... Congrats on ur awards .....

    PranisKitchen said...

    sushma,kamalika,krishnaveni,sathya,srividya,pravs,simplyfood,padhu,jagruti,smita,jay,madhura,uma,priya,divya,kairali sis,springbird,nisha,suhaina,mykitchen,gita,akal's,priyamithwal,ps,panchpakwan,yummy team,kanchana,kalyani thanks for the comments dear.

    kitchen queen said...

    Hi u have a lovely blog.you can visit my blog and give ur valuable comments.

    Priti said...

    Potato fry looks gud...and Congrats on your award...you have a lovely place too...thanks for visiting..addin u in my reader ..so we can be in touch :)

    Rumana Rawat said...

    Potato fry looks tasty... u too have a very good blog...:-)

    I'm a Home Chef !!! said...

    Congrats on ur awards Prani!! Thanks for sharing the award with me ;;)

    Latha said...

    My all time fav....it looks very tempting. Congrats on all your awards.

    Bharathy said...

    My most fav vegetable!..that too mezhukkupuratti like you :)..
    Missing home! :(
    Congrats on your awards dear! amd thanks for those encouraging words in my place!..
    You have a lovely homely blog! :)

    Akal's Saappadu said...

    thank you for passing the award to me dear!!!

    sorry, I didn't pay attention last time I came over here :(

    that's a lovely thing for the day!!! congrats once again and have a nice happy day !!!!

    Pam said...

    Very yummy and beautiful blog you have!

    Congrats on your awards!

    Where in Ohio are you located?

    xoxo

    San said...

    Lovely potato fry,like to have it with curd rice .
    Whenever we feel like we go out to dine outside,mostly once in a week but it mainly depends upon the mood.Sometimes i will stay back cooking something simple,home made food is always the best.
    Thanks for your genuine comments dear.Congrats on your awards prani,well deserved.Good day.

    Deepti said...

    Nice version of potatoes...congrats on ur awards n thanx for sharing.

    Malar Gandhi said...

    looks wonderful' very creative recipe.

    shriya said...

    Nice recipe. Bookmarked it already. Thanks for sharing.

    shahana said...

    U r true.Itz all malayali's favorite.kothiyavunnu!

    PranisKitchen said...

    Kitchen quuen,Priti.Rumana,Latha,bharathi,i am homechef,akal's,Pam,San,deepti,malr,shriya,shahana thanks for the comments dear.

    M D said...

    Chinese potato stir fry. I haven't heard of Chinese potatoes. Are they any different in taste? Recipe looks simple and easy. Good for my weekday schedule! ;) Thanks for sharing the award!

    deepti said...

    Koorka Mezhukkupuratti looks perfect...One of my favs too !!
    Congrats on all ur beautiful awards & thanks 4 sharing :)
    Will post them soon !!

    miri goes phishing! said...

    Hi P, i just love koorka mezhukkupuratti too...whenever i go home, my mom tries to make this for me...just thinking about it is making my mouth water...you have lovely blog here...have to try your recipe for egg cutlets too...:)..thanks for dropping me a comment on my blog...:)

    Meena said...

    i love koorka too...too bad we dont get fresh ones here...love the stir-fry! great collection of recipes...keep posting more!

    DEESHA said...

    nice stir fry

    Pam said...

    What a tasty looking dish - I love potatoes! Congratulations on all of your awards...thanks for passing them on to me.

    Uma said...

    Happy New Year to you and your Family Prani!

    Varunavi said...

    Congrats for the awards and thank u so much for passing those awards to me.Wish u a happy new year.

    U have written my name wrongly,i am varunavi

    s said...

    congrats on the awards..
    I love this dish..its been my fav..though its been years since i had it...

    Valarmathi said...

    Yummy stir fry, looks delciicous. Congrats on your awards and thanks for sharing with me.

    PranisKitchen said...

    MD,Deepti,MirigoesPhishing,meena,dheesha,pam,uma,varunavi,s,valarmathi thanks for the comments dear.
    varunavi i have corrected the name.Uma thanks for the wishes dear

    nisha said...

    Congrats for the award and thanks for thinking about me too :)

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