Friday, April 3, 2009

Kamja Jorim -Potatoes in Soy Sauce

This is a simple vegetarian Korean side dish .Kamja means Potatoes and there are a variety of recipes with it as a part of Korean Banchan or sides.Jorim stand s for soy sauce or the light gravy or cooking sauce based on soy sauce and other spices or sugar.Now Korean cuisine is not so familiar to me -thanks PJ for making me do some work in this area.Anyway,I never ever expected to cook a vegetarian and easy Korean dish and that too using one of my favourites -Potato.I found this dish from here and followed it with little changes and also referenced some other sites.


Potatoes: atleast 2
Onion: 1 small
Garlic: 1-2 cloves
Soy sauce: 1-2 tbsp
Corn syrup: 1-2 tsp (optional)
Olive/Vegetable oil: 1-2 tbsp
Water: as needed to cook the potatoes
Salt (optional) or very little as per taste
Sugar(I did not add any)

Sesame Oil:
Sesame seeds (white or black)

Peel,cube and rinse the potatoes.Mince garlic and chop onion into bite size pieces.

Heat oil in a pan/wok/kadai.Add the potato cubes and saute for 1-2 minutes.Add the miced garlic and saute till the potato cubes start becoming transparent.Add onion pieces and saute again for 1-2 minutes.Add little water needed to cook the potatoes,soy sauce,corn syrup(I added dark corn syrup),sugar(I did not add) and little salt as soy sauce is salty.Simmer for 10 minutes till the potatoes become tender and the liquid evaporates.

Drizzle seasame oil and sesame seeds and serve as a side dish or banchan as they say in Korean.

If you do not have corn syrup add sugar only or both .I did not add sugar as it would have been too sweet for me.Soy sauce can be added or reduced as per taste.Adjust salt with each increase of soy sauce.Another version I referred to (Wiki cookbooks) had bell peppers along with potatoes.Whatever it is the hero in this dish is Kamja or Kam Ja or Gamja or plainly Potato.

This makes an excellent side dish and a hot plate is off to dear PJ who has been AWED with Korean Cuisine all this month,an event created by DK of CulinaryBazaar.Thanks PJ for introducing me to Korean as I enjoyed the dish.


FH said...

That dish looks beautiful Sweatha, love the Sesame topping, although I can't pronounce that name! :)

Anonymous said...

Potoatoes looks unique and attractive..the garnish make it legendry too..yummy presentation..

Cham said...

Very simple and delicous side dish! Good entry!

Unknown said...

hummm sweatha thats a very intresting recipe

Lavanya said...

very nice to me..quite easy n unique recipe!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds very tasty.. good entry.

Vani said...

I posted a spicy version of this too! Looks great, Sweatha! Same as you - tried cooking Korean for the first time. That's what is so wonderful about the event, isn't it?

Priya Suresh said...

Lovely presentation n this dish looks fabulous..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow... new recipe. looks great. i am starting to love the names of the Korean dishes.

Suparna said...

Potatoes are looking unlike their ususal self :) it's a great make over it's got from this dish, excellent presentation, loved the glossy look!

DK said...

Potato seems to be quite a korean highlight. Was not aware of that at all :) incredible dish sweatha :)

jayasree said...

Potatoes look different in this dish.. unlike the usual ones. Lovely presentation.

Sunshinemom said...

Potatoes like this are new to me. I like the simplicity involved!!

Deepthi Shankar said...

a new way of making a potato dish .. I made baby potato fry today.. shall try this next time ..

Unknown said...

Looks like a way to use the bottle of soy sauce I have but rarely cook with.

The only Korean vegetarian dish I knew is Kimchi, which tells me how little I know!

suvi said...

we just had this a few days a restaurant! sounds easy, hope to try it soon!

Jude said...

Love how the caramel color on the potatoes turned out. Looks delicious!

Lo said...

Definitely different... and it looks mighty tasty too! What a great side dish.

Pooja said...

Guess first time here..nice blog...

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow looks yummy, simple and deslih...

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