Weekend was bright and sunny-after a loooong time. Looks like spring has sprung, seeds are blooming and finally colourful buds and flowers are visible. On such pleasant days, I look for quick lunch ideas that are easy and satisfying. Tikkis or patties is always a good idea, it takes minimum preparations and goes along with ketchup, green chutney or any side salad.
Mostly I mix in any vegetable with aloo (potatoes) and make patties, like cheese corn patties ; spring onion patties or almond potato patties. When I have time in hand I cook Rajma (red kidney beans) Tikki, couscous Italian patties or even mint paneer tikki. But unlike all these times, last weekend I made Aloo Tikki, -plain simple aloo patties , north Indian style without any vegetable or cheese.
Straightforward, uncomplicated Punjabi Aloo Tikki- enriched with spices, flavoured with homemade chaat massala and a dash of garam massala. Crispy on one side, soft and oozing on the other, served with green chutney and raw onions- a perfect summer/spring treat-period!! Enjoy while you watch your favourite TV series; Weekend cannot get better than this, don’t you think so? If yes, below is the recipe :)
2 large boiled potatoes/aloo
2 tablespoon cornflour/ararooth
1 tablespoon chopped coriander levaes/dhaniya
1 green chilli chopped/hari mirchi
1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder/kali mirchi
1 tablespoon chaat massala
1/4 tablespoon garam massala
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons Ghee/oil
Mash boiled potatoes into lumps.
Mix everything else together with potatoes (except ghee/oil).
Divide the dough into 10 equal parts and shape into pattie.
Heat ghee/oil in a pan and on a medium heat and cook patties. The one side should be crisp and dark golden in colour. Turn and cook the other side, it should be little golden and not very crisp.
Do not grate or over-mash potatoes. Little chunks or lumps of potatoes is what you are looking for.
If you want you can fry these tikkis/patties.
Shape into cylindrical rolls or use a cookie cutter for any other fancy shapes.
These tikkis are thin but feel free to make is as per your wish.
Serve with yogurt, chutney or ketchup.
You can also use these cakes in tortilla wraps or pita pockets with some salad and dressing.
Serve with Indian tomato salsa.