Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikki or Potato Cutlets is one of the most popular snack dishes in India. Aloo Tikki is one of the many anytime snack foods called ‘Chaat’ . Which reminds me of the best chaat I've ever had at Vik's in Berekely, CA; stop in if you are anywhere near by, it is amazing and really inexpensive. 
In India, street vendors cook all sorts of hot and spiced chaat on hot griddles. The spice saturated aroma entices the hungry shoppers and travelers with the promise of fresh made to order snacks. Bliss is only a few moments away.

Indian cuisine is full of fantastic dishes that use lots of legumes and vegetables. If you are needing to break out of a rut of making chili and roasting vegetables, this is a great direction to head.

Here are some other Indian recipes on the site:
yogurt cilantro sauce (which would be excellent with the aloo tikki)

I will work on getting some more good ones in the coming year.

Making aloo tikki at home is not hard. Start to finish is not such a long time and even easier if you already have some leftover mashed potatoes or you boil your potatoes in advance. Makes a perfect cold weather dinner when served along side curried carrot soup.

Aloo Tiki
6 – 8 medium size potatoes – red or white
1/2 cup thawed and crushed peas
1 tbsp grated or finely chopped ginger
handful of freshly chopped cilantro
1 tsp red chili powder or as per taste
salt to taste
3 – 4 tbsp bread crumbs
1 – 2 tsp garam masala
Oil for cooking
Cook the potatoes and mash them well. Mix all the above ingredients in the list. Make small balls of the mixture by placing in between your palms, then press it to flatten a bit.
Heat a non-sick pan or iron skillet and drizzle some oil. Place the patti and cook it on medium flame. Once golden brown, flip it to cook on the other side. Add some oil if needed. You can cook many patties at a time on the pan depending on the surface area. You can eat hot and fresh tikki just plain or with drizzle of dahi(yogurt) or with any of your other favorite Indian condiments. 

Are you a fan of Indian food?

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad that you told me about your blog! This gives me some great inspiration for my meal plan this month!


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