A grand welcome to the street food of India – this is my first post on the gem of Indian street food generically known as “Chaat” (in Hindi).
I am starting with the Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat which is in itself is a combination of 2 dishes – Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties) and Chole (spicy chickpea curry). Note that Chaat is of many different types but is essentially a simple, flavourful starter/snack that is easily available on Indian streets/restaurants across all regions in India.
My hubby and little angel both have a very big sweet tooth – a well known fact that all of you would by now be aware of 🙂 – and so I usually get less chance to make my favourite Indian street food items. However today has been my lucky day (or seems to me like that) as I prepared Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat for breakfast, which went down quite well with both my sweet guys!!
Hopefully you guys would remember my Chole recipe posted a few weeks back; hence I am covering only the Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties) recipe on this post.
Please click here for the Chole recipe.
The ingredients for making Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties) are :
1. Potato (Aloo) : 4 big
2. Peas : 1/4 cup (I have used frozen)
3. Green Chilli : 2 (finely chopped)
4. Black pepper powder : 1/4 tsp
5. Chat masala : 1/4 tsp
6. Cumin powder : 1/2 tsp
7. Coriander powder : 1/4 tsp
8. Salt : to taste
9. Oil : for shallow frying
10. Chat Masala : 1/4 tsp
Boil the potatoes, and then peel their skins.
Take a big bowl / plate and mash the boiled potatoes well ensuring there are no lumps. Add peas, green chilli, salt, cumin powder, black pepper, coriander powder, and chat masala; mix well with your hands.
Now take out a lemon sized ball, and make it round and smooth; and gently press to make it flat. This way you will get around 16-17 tikki’s.
Heat the skillet / tawa, grease it with oil and place the raw tikkis one by one on it. Sprinkle little bit of oil around the tikkis and cook them on a medium flame, so that they will not stick to the skillet. Flip in-between till they become golden brown on both sides.
When they become golden brown on both sides, remove from the skillet and your Aloo Tikki’s are ready !
You may have this standalone Aloo tikki straight away or, hold on to your horses to make the Aloo Tikki chaat and/or Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat 🙂
For Aloo Tikki Chaat : Place the Aloo tikki’s on a plate and then garnish with tamarind chutney, coriander chutney, spiced yogurt, finely chopped onions, and sev – viola! your Aloo Tikki Chaat is ready !
For Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat : Place 2 Aloo tikkies on a serving plate. Pour 1-2 full ladle of Chole. Garnish it with 1-2 Tbsp sweet / tangy tamarind chutney, 1-2 tsp green coriander chutney; also add finely chopped onion and namkeen sev. Your Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat is ready to be enjoyed !
Insider Tips / Finer Points :
- You may use potato patties in sandwiches.
- You can also make vegetarian burger by using potato patties with some lettuce, cabbage, tomato etc.