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.


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