This winter tuber traces its origins back to Central and East Africa
Despite its muddy skin and dense texture, it can be cooked into different stir-fries
It is koorka season. Koorka in Malayalam, sirukizhangu in Tamil, sambrani gadde in Kannada, kook in Konkani, this winter tuber is available until the end of February. It’s much smaller in size than the potato. Given the thick layer of mud around its hairy skin, you can be sure it is not going to garner too many “likes" on Instagram. Fun fact: It’s known as Chinese potato—but it’s neither Chinese nor a potato.