Sunday, May 8, 2011

Aloo Tikki {North Indian Street Food}


"God couldn't be everywhere, so he made mothers."
Jewish Proverb

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Happy Mothers' Day!

I thought my mom's whole purpose in life was to be my mom. That's how she made me feel. Though, I personally don't believe it is essential to have a special day as Mothers' Day. For me, my mother is special, everyday. The extent of unconditional love we get from our mothers, cannot be appreciated or rewarded in just one day of a year. An entire lifetime will fall short for it. Don't you agree? I feel lucky to be able to do little things for my mother, that make her feel special. And the best gift you can ever give her, are a fews words - "love you, mom".

I wanted to prepare something for her today, but had to keep it very simple and quick, since she won't let me be in the kitchen for long. Oh, how I love her pampering. What came to my mind while pondering over various options for qucik recipes, was the Aloo Tikki - a very popular North Indian street food.


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Aloo Tikki (mashed potaoes with herbs and spices) is an extensivley popular snack and can be seen at chaat stalls all over Delhi and other parts of Northern India. It is typically relished as chaat with yogurt, chickpeas, onions, chillies and chutney as the topping. In Mumbai, the version of Aloo Tikki is called Radga Pattice and are sold at similar chaat stalls. Whenever, I make these at home, I either serve it along with lunch or dinner - that's how hubby dear wants it mostly. Or else, I also serve is as a quick and simple snack, with some Coriander Chutney

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Aloo Tikki {North Indian Street Food}

Ingredients

Potaoes 3, large sized, boiled, skin removed and mashed well
Peas (I used frozen) 1/2 cup
Onion 1, medium sized, finely chopped
Green chillies 2 nos., finely chopped
Red chilli powder 1 tsp.
Chaat masala 1 tsp.
Dry mango powder 1/2 tsp.
Roasted cumin powder 1 tsp.
Grated ginger 1 tbsp.
Coriander leaves finely chopped
Bread crumbs 2 tbsp.
Cornflour 2 tbsp.
Oil to shallow fry
Salt as per taste
Some more bread crumbs to coat the tikkis before frying

Preparation
  1. Once the potaoes are mashed well, nicely mix all the other ingredients with it, except oil, to make a smooth potato dough.

  2. Divide the dough into 8 equal roundels. Flatten each ball or roundel between your palms to make the round patties or tikkis. Coat each takki with bread crumbs.

  3. Heat oil on a non-stick tawa and place the tikkis on it. Shallow fry till golden brown. Turn the tikkis over and cook the other side too, till they're golden brown in colour. Remove on a kitchen tissue paper to allow the excess oil to be soaked.

  4. Serve hot with ketchup or chutney of your choice.

26 comments:

  1. My my this looks so so tempting Aru ....can't take the eye off

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  2. Happy Mother's Day Arundhuthi !
    That's right what you wrote there,about moms and unconditional love..
    Thats an extremely good choice of Alu tikki.Love them so much.Nice clicks !!

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  3. Hi Arundhati

    Happy Mother's day to you. It's a very old phase that God could not be present to love the children at all the places so he created Mother to look after them.Also Aloo tikkis look awesome. Great preparation.
    Deepa

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  4. Lovely tikkis...looks very perfectly made..moreover being shallow fried they are thumbs up for me. Happy Mother's Day !

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  5. They look so tempting :) yummy to the core :)

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  6. Oh..these are one of my fav, snack on weekends! Lovely click.

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  7. Happy Mother's day Arundhati- great post !
    Aloo tikki is a classic n you made them beautifully ~ lovely shots!
    US Masala

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  8. This is called aloo chop in west bengal :) Whatever the name.... yuuuuummmmm!

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  9. Wonderful write up on mothers day ... I feel the same, one day can't be enough to thank our mothers. And, yes your Tikkis are very tempting and love the presentation

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  10. Wow! Fabulous tikkis! Perfect pictures!!

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  11. Wish you a very happy mother's day..who will say no to this inviting aloo tikki..yumm!

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  12. looks so inviting!! Fab pics Arundhuti!!!

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  13. Perfect looking aloo tikki I have ever seen,excellent clicks!

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  14. Oh my. You are a genius! Or, the people of North India are geniuses. But I credit you with possibly sharing my new favorite food with me! I love Indian food and have never ever seen anything like this! Yum!

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  15. I am getting ready to make this, and I'm wondering what cornflour is. Should I substitute with flour, or with cornmeal, or do you absolutely need "cornflour"? Thanks! :) Also, any tips on substitutions for the coriander leaves would be good. I can't find the leaves anywhere.

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  16. @ Lindsay: If you can't find cornflour or cornstarch, you can use all purpose flour instead. But in that case, use double the amount, like here in this recipe I have used 2 tbsp. cornflour, so use 4 tbsp. of all purpose flour. And for the coriander leaves (cilantro) you can substitute it with parsley. :)

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  17. I participate in a monthly cooking challenge and this month we were challenged to search the blog world to find and then make the ultimate mashed potato recipe. I decided to make my mashed potatoes in the form of your Aloo Tikki. I posted about it and shared the linky love. Here is my post Aloo Tikki on Cook Lisa Cook. We loved it and thanks for a great recipe.

    Lisa~~
    <a href="http://cooklisacook.blogspot.com</a>

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  18. Superb tikkies.

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  19. hello ...
    mouth watering recipe.
    May i use starch instead of bread crumble?

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  20. LOVED the recipe. This one is my mom's favourite.
    We are having a get together of friends this weekend
    and I was planning on taking this there.
    Keep posting new info here
    Thank you very much!

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