Koorka Mezhukkupuratti (Chinese Potato Stir Fry)

Written by Usha S Kutty

This is one of my favorite and tastiest recipes…Koorka mezhukkupuratti in Nadan Kerala style. Koorka/ Chinese potato is very much famous among most of the malayalees in Kerala. Small tuber sized potatoes with a moist and pleasant flavor stir fried with small onions and chili flakes in coconut oil makes a best combination with plain white rice and also can be tried with soft chapathis. Cleaning the skin of koorka is a bit tedious job but once cleaned and cooked gives an earthen aromatic smell which tempts us more to have a bite of this dish. Let’s get into the recipe and enjoy it….


  • Koorka/ Chinese potato – 500gms
  • Cheruulli/ Small onions/ shallots – 8nos
  • Chili flakes/ Chadhacha mulaga – 1tbsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp (optional)
  • Curry leaves – 5 to 6 leaves
  • Coconut Oil – 3tbsp
  • Salt as per taste.


  • Immerse koorka in normal water for 3hours.Remove skin and clean it properly. Then cut koorka in desired shape in a deep bottom vessel.
  • Add 1 ½ glass of water and little salt. Keep it in high flame. When the koorka starts boiling, low flame and close the vessel with a lid and cook for 15mins.
  • Remove the lid and check whether koorka is cooked by taking one piece and smashing it with a spatula.
  • Don’t overcook it.
  • Drain the excess water from koorka and allow it to cool.
  • In the meantime, slightly smash cleaned shallots in a mixer or else with a pestle.
  • Heat 1tbsp of oil in a kadai, add smashed shallots, curry leaves and add little salt.
  • When the onion turns slight brown in color, add chili flakes and pepper powder. Sauté well.
  • Now add cooked koorka and mix well. Adjust salt as per taste.
  • Then in low flame, slightly roast koorka by adding 1tbsp of oil. In between sauté the uperi.
  • After 3mins, again add the balance oil and allow it to roast for 5mins in low flame.

Koorka mezhukkupuratti is ready to serve with hot rice.

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Usha S Kutty

Hello Friends, Myself Smt. Usha S Kutty welcomes you all to my cooking world. My recipes consists typically traditional South Indian mainly Kerala foods. Some homely tricks and tips for our daily cooking life and some kitchen tips.  My blog will surely help you all to know Kerala tradition.Hope you all will enjoy my recipes and post your valuable comments and suggestions.

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