Aloo Tikki or Potato Cutlets is one of the most popular snack dishes in India. Aloo Tikki comes under a collective group of snack items called ‘Chaat’ . In India, street vendors cook hot, spicy and yummy chaat on hot griddles fresh to order. The aroma of the spices invites all on goers whether they are hungry or not. The distinctive, tangible touch of flavor sensed with every spoonful makes one feel blissful. People stand in line and wait for their turn to be served; and when it arrives you have to see them finish it in no time. It’s an art.
6 – 8 medium size potatoes – red or white
1/2 cup thawed and crushed peas
1 tbsp grated or finely chopped ginger
1 green chili finely chopped
some freshly chopped cilantro
1 – 2 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.
Aloo Tikki ready to be cooked
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 chole, drizzle of dahi(yogurt), tamarind date chutney, cilantro chutney. It could also be used as a burger in between bread. It tastes heavenly eaten any way of your choice.
Aloo Tikki served with chole (recipe here)