Friday, May 7, 2010

Potato Patties (Aloo Tikki)

A fairly simple recipe for a very easy ~ Aloo Tikki. A bag of Potatoes needed immediate attention. I vehemently decided to make Tikki's out of them. Easy to make Starter, tastes better when fried in Ghee. A few details got me thinking. Potato's composition includes 92% carbohydrates and is a rich source of Manganese, Potassium and Vitamin B6. Good to satiate the Carbohydrate cravings when your diet needs one. In North India, Aloo Tikki is a very popular festival food and is made during Vrat or Upaas e.g Karva Chauth. My friend from Delhi adores when the Tikki's come pipping hot on a platter as an offering partaken by the individual who has fasted for a long day, symbolising the end of fast.

I found a heap of simple and nutritious Potato based recipes on NY Times, click here to view them. This misconstrued vegetable can be used in many a dishes for thickness, taste and variety.

Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes

Potatoes (boiled and mashed) - 3 cups
Corn Flour - 2 tablespoon
White bread chunks (eliminate the brown sides) - 1/3 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Green Chillies (optional) - 1 teaspoon
Oil/ Ghee
Suggested Garnish: Mint Chutney or Tamarind Chutney

Boil and mash Potatoes. In a frying pan, heat few teaspoons of Ghee, fry the chopped green chillies. Add the Potato mixture, Corn Flour, White Bread chunks and Spice powders. Mix well and make palm sized Tikki's. In the same frying pan, fry the Tikki's with Ghee till the surface area of the Tikki's get a mild browned look and are completely cooked. Serve hot or warm as a snack. Garnish with Tamarind Chutney or Mint Chutney.

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