Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Kukka Humman~Potato Curry

Kooka is Potato in Kerala Konkani and Batata in Mangalore Konkani.There are at least 4-5 kukka humman's that I know of.As it is potatoes are definitely a main ingredient in our cuisine.Usually all these varieties of humman are paired with different entrees.There's one for pej/kanji,one for upma,one for chapathi/appam and another for dosa/idli/appo.Shall try to post each one of these sooner.It is Srivalli's curry mela which gave me the idea of posting each one of these with the accompaniments.With all these potato curries,no wonder we consume about 2 kgs of potato in a week or two!!

I remember amma making this curry to go with dosa/appo.Chutney was made once in a while and all of us preferred having this humman.I think appo was always paired with red kukka humman(which is what we called it to differentiate between the various hummans).Its only after marriage that I started making chutney on a daily basis as hubby is a chutney fan.It goes great with dosas/idlis/roasted idlis and appo.Do try it out for a change from the daily chutney grind-pun intended;-).

Kukka Humman


Potatoes - 3 big,boiled and mashed
Tomato - 1 big,chopped
Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Asafoetida/Hing - 1 tsp


Mash the cooked potatoes well and keep aside.
In a kadai add oil and splutter mustard seeds.
Add the red chilly powder and curry leaves,mix well.
Add the tomatoes and fry till it softens.
Add the potatoes and enough water(almost a cup),salt to taste and let it boil.
Simmer for a while till the curry thickens,add the hing.
Serve hot with appo/dosa or idli!

Kukka Humman is off to Valli's Curry mela and
to the new event by Sunshinemom-Food in Colours-This month's colour is Red.


  1. lovely colour of the curry! and great recipe.. nice entry to curry mela:-)

  2. Divya, first you must accept my apologies for what crossed my mind when I saw the name of the dish!

    Kukka in Telugu means dog! I wondered whether it was non veg...lolz! I make this curry too! Like you said potatoes are such a staple in our cuisine! I really did not know we had so many Indian varieties in potatoes. Thanks for the entry...you are the first:)Nice pun there!

  3. We make this too & tastes yum with dosas & idlis!!

  4. is there anybody who dont like this?...no one...this is my fav...v make them with polo and also for peeg...its very gud combo..

  5. yummy curry...nice accompaniment for dosas and even rotis.

  6. simple and looks good too..nice one divya...


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