Tuesday, 17 January 2012

CHINESE POTATO /KOOK UPKARI

THIS IS MY 100TH POST....I AM HAPPY TO POST THIS LOVELY STIR FRY AS 100TH POST...


CHINESE POTATO STIRFRY


WHAT YOU NEED:

Chinese potatoes  abt 30 to 40 (medium size)
Red chillies 7-8
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Oil 4 tbsp
Salt to taste


CHINESE POTATO / KOOK

HOW TO MAKE:

Cleaning chinese potato is a messy job, hands get dirty and it blackens the hands also.
I remember my mom used to clean these with a gunny bag. Filling the Kook in the bag and beat lightly on the ground..like washing the clothes on the washing stones or she made us walk over it. It was so funny and we children enjoyed walking over the kook....about 90% of the skin peel off..
Another way to clean them is  soaking the Kook in water for some time. With the knife you can remove its skin. Put cleaned kook immediately in the water. Cut kook finely and put directly in the water. After finishing the cuttings wash them thoroughly with enough water and put in colander. Keep aside for minimum  half an hour. Let all the water evaporates from the cook.


KOOK UPKARI

Heat a kadahi with 4 tbsp oil. Add mustard seeds, when it starts spluttering  add broken red chillies. Reduce the flame to minimum.  Then put chopped Chinese potatoes/ Kook in the kadahi, mix well. 
Add salt and combine well with the Kook pieces. Cover the lid. Stir several times so that it doesn't  burn.

1 comment:

venkatesh kamath said...

Many are still unaware what all the Konkanis eat and they wonder what we do not eat starting with the pumkin vines and its flowers to Bamboshoot and seasonal Mushrooms,many items out of the rind or throw away's of the vegetables,Banana shoots etc.you name it and the Amchis have it.
Chinese potato as its named for the humble Kook taste awesome.the basic stuff made out at most household after all is its stir-fry or Upkari.
IN Mangalore I think there are two varieties available as coming from two different areas and tasting different as well when cooked.The one from Karkala side are of a bigger size and those coming from Kerala side though smaller in size are more tastier.
Besides upkari it has found its rightful place of potato as well.

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