Chinese potato is a common edible tuberous crop in India. It is very popular among people over here. This yummy tuber is known as 'Koorkka' in malayalam, our mother tongue.
Chinese potato / country potato / hausa potato is cultivated in Africa, India and many parts of Asia. The botanical name is Plectranthus rotundifolius / Solenostemon rotundifolius.
The crop looks smaller than potatoes and comes in bizarre shapes and sizes. It has a dark brown skin that can be scraped off easily. The sweet taste and unique aroma is undoubtedly the plus point of this cool tuber that makes it stand out among the innumerable edible roots and tubers available for culinary use.
The above dish is called 'mezhukkupuratty' ( a dish that is a little oily ) that is made of Koorkka. The cut pieces of Koorkka mixed with vegetable masala powder, a little red chilli powder, water and salt is sauteed with a little oil in a saucepan. That's it... Yummy dish :)
Well, this is my recipe :), nothing elaborate. No claims this is an authentic Keralite mezhukkupuratti ( Upperi ) recipe for which there are plenty of culinary sites and blogs online :), if interested, readers may kindly browse.
Koorkka is a rich source of Calcium and Iron.
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