Aloo Tikki (type of potato croquette), is a popular variety of chaat sold by street vendors throughout India and Pakistan. It is typically served with a variety of chutneys and toppings, but as with all food – ‘The Alloo Tikki’ has been tweaked to adapt with “regional, seasonal and taste” preferences around the country. The authentic and typical ‘alloo tikki’ is made up of mashed potatoes, some flour and a host of herbs and spices, but as with everything edible – each street vendor has his own choice of special “add ons” to make his Alloo Tikki special.
The mixture of mashed potatoes, ground ginger, coriander powder, green chillies, lemon juice and fresh coriander is a staple and to this you may add some peas, grated carrots, spring onions and etc. A little flour is needed to bind all of the ingredients and make soft pliable dough. Using greased palms, bits of dough are formed into little patties—these patties are deep friend until golden brown on both sides.
The street vendors generally have huge Tavas (griddle pans) placed on gas burners –the fried Alloo Tikkis are lined up on the edge the tava and when an order is placed he brings 2-3 tikkis into the centre so that it can be cooked/heated in more oil before serving. Generally 2 tikkis are placed in a disposable container and topped with some cumin flavoured yogurt, tamarind chutney, coriander chutney, tomato and chilli chutney, chopped onions and etc. The diner rarely has enough time to make a choice of the toppings he/she would like—so you basically take what you are served up
In Mumbai alloo tikki is served with a spicy vegetable curry and in Punjab it is traditionally served with a topping of ‘alloo chole’ (potato and chickpea curry), some regions serve the tikki with a stuffing of peas and coconut, or split mung beans.
The Alloo Tikki is quite a popular sandwich filling in Cafes specialising in North Indian food. McDonalds-the fast food chain sells a McAlloo Tikki burger in some of the their outlets in India, (it is just one incredibly tasty burger – I do wish they would offer this in all their outlets—I loved it) The patty is made with the basic alloo tikki ingredients + a variety of vegetables and cooked lentils and then topped with sliced and grilled tomato slices, grilled red onion rings and a wonderful Indian inspired mayonnaise.
All of the above pictures were sourced from the internet.
In keeping with my ‘Healthy Recipes’, I will share with you an authentic recipe and then my tweaked healthy version. These recipes are just guidelines and the amount and variety of ingredients and the sauces and chutneys can be adjusted to suit personal taste.
500ml mashed potatoes
5ml finely chopped green chilli (optional)
30ml chopped spring onions
100ml finely chopped fresh coriander
10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
10ml freshly grated ginger
35ml corn flour
1l vegetable oil for deep frying
Alloo Tikki-Healthy Option
500ml mashed potatoes
250ml mashed butter beans
10ml finely chopped green chilli (optional)
30 ml spring onions
30ml finely grated onions
150ml finely chopped fresh coriander
20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
20ml freshly grated ginger
65ml vegetable oil for lining the pan
Tomato & Chilli Chutney
35ml sunflower oil
60ml finely chopped onion
5ml crushed ginger
10ml finely chopped seeded green chilli
10ml crushed coriander seeds
5ml crushed garlic
500ml grated tomatoes
45ml lime juice
5ml lime zest
45ml chopped fresh coriander
45ml chopped spring onion