Aloo Tikki | Hari Ghotra
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Aloo Tikki

Battered Potato Cakes

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Dietary Info VEGETARIAN VEGAN LACTOSE-FREE DAIRY-FREE WHEAT-FREE GLUTEN-FREE
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cook 10 mins
                             

Spicy potato cakes coated in a chickpea batter creating a delicious little snack.

Hari says

These were always served as the vegetarian option at weddings and I did feel sorry for those vegetarians, because when everyone else was indulging in spicy tandoori chicken and lovely lamb kebabs, they were just eating a few spiced spuds. I now realise I've spent too many years missing out on what is in fact a wonderful snack. In my version, the potato cake is seasoned simply with ginger and garam masala (I like mine with a touch more spice, but just make them to your own tastes) and the chickpea batter makes them light and crisp on the outside and soft and spicy in the middle. I love making these as they are all about getting your hands really into the food and slopping batter all over the place. Well, that's how my kids like to help.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 4 medium potatoes, washed with skin on
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2-3 chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ginger, grated (3cm piece)
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • handful of fresh coriander, chopped

Batter

  • 100g gram flour, sieved
  • water
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • rapeseed oil for deep frying
  1. Place potatoes with the skin on into a pan and cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and leave to cook gently until soft. Drain and cool.
  2. Once cooled, peel the skin off with your fingers and discard. Grate the potatoes into a bowl and add the salt, garam masala, chilli, coriander, grated ginger, chilli powder and mix together.
  3. Wet your hands, to stop the mixture sticking to your fingers and take a ball of the potato mixture. Shape into small patties or tikki, roughly 5cm in diameter and about 3cm thick.
  4. Begin to heat the oil in a wok or a small pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, sieve in the gram flour and gradually pour in a little water to make a thick batter then add the cumin seeds
  6. Test the temperature of the oil by dropping in a little batter, if it sizzles and rises immediately then it is ready.
  7. Dip one aloo tikki into the batter until it's covered and then carefully place it into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown (2-3 minutes)
  8. Remove using a slotted spoon and set on kitchen paper. Repeat with the rest.

Served with

I like these with either a fresh zingy mint chutney on a warm sunny day or a warming chilli tomato chutney on a cosy cool evening.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Calories107
Fat (g)1
of which saturates (g)0.1
Carbohydrates (g)21.4
of which sugars (g)0.9
Fibre (g)2.5
Protein (g)4.5
Salt (mg)0.03
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (9)

  • Hari Ghotra

    Hari Ghotra

    28 June 2015 at 07:42 |
    Hi Jason
    Chick pea flour is a very common ingredient in Indian cooking and this is what I am using to make the batter in this recipe. You will find it in Indian grocery shops as well as some of the larger supermarkets too. It's called Besan so do get some. It a great Indian staple to have in the cupboard great for thickening, making pakora and its gluten free. Let me know how you get on. Thanks Hari

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  • jason

    jason

    27 June 2015 at 15:23 |
    hi there, it says chickpea batter, but there are no chickpeas in the dish. what would you recommend? thanks, jason.

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  • Hari Ghotra

    Hari Ghotra

    22 June 2015 at 19:56 |
    Hi Aniesa - Yes its a good idea if you do. Let me know what you think. Thanks for getting in touch Hari

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  • aniesa

    aniesa

    22 June 2015 at 19:25 |
    Do you have to sieve the gram flour?

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  • Hari Ghotra

    Hari Ghotra

    22 June 2015 at 14:16 |
    Hi Aniesa Yes you certainly can or you can even chop them into small cubes. Let me know what you think of the dish. Thanks Hari

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  • Hari Ghotra

    Hari Ghotra

    22 June 2015 at 14:11 |
    Hi Jim Yes for Aloo tikki you do boil them before. Thanks Hari

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  • aniesa

    aniesa

    21 June 2015 at 13:56 |
    If you don't have a grater can you mash the potatoes instead?

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  • Hari

    Hari

    20 June 2015 at 15:45 |
    Sorry, previous e-mail was for a different recipe (Potato & onion bites)

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  • Jim

    Jim

    20 June 2015 at 15:29 |
    Hari
    Do you boil the potatoes before you grate them ?

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