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Koorka Mezhukkupuratti | Chinese Potato Fry

Koorka or Chinese potato are small round tuber "potatoes", that are pleasant in flavor, with a moist and grainy texture mainly used in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Cleaning koorka is a laborious task. In olden times, the skin was peeled by putting the koorka in a sack and beating it on the ground till the skin peels off!

How to clean koorka:

Wash the koorka in water numerous times till the dirt and sand is completely gone. Now days we get cleaned koorka but if you got unclean ones, soak in water overnight.

There are 2 ways to remove skin of koorka. Easiest way is cook them in pressure cooker for 1 or 2 whistles or 5 minutes which will make it easier to peel the skin. Peel the skin immediately after removing from cooker and wash well.

Second way is to remove the skin using a knife or peeler, which is bit time consuming. If you do not want to compromise on the taste, you can go for the second method but I being the lazy kind went for the easier option.

After removing the skin wash well and cut the koorka into small cube size pieces. Put koorka in water until they are ready to cook to prevent them from turning brown.


Koorka/Chinese potato - 4 cups
Shallots/small onions - 1 cup, sliced
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli flakes- 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp


1. Heat oil in a cheenachatti/kadai and add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add the sliced shallots and fry till they are red.

2. Add the koorka, turmeric powder and salt. Stir well and cover and cook till koorka becomes soft.

3. Once the koorka is 3/4 cooked, add red chilli flakes and little more oil and fry them in low flame, stirring them occasionally till they are slightly brown.

Serve hot with rice.


  1. Excellent blog , tried this dish at home very delicious, Please post with more dishes like this...

  2. I have made these little potatoes, really hard to find, but when I do I always buy extra, they are a really nice potato, great flavor. Now I don't even peel, I just give them a good scrub and cook them up.

  3. Never eaten this potato fry.. Delicious, colorful and mouth-watering Sona :-)


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