The Aloo Tikki or potato croquette is, next to the samosas, one of the most famous and extended snacks of the Indian gastronomy. Such is its popularity, that every region, population and even home, has its own recipe and form of elaboration. It is stuffed with different types of vegetables and dal and fried in abundant oil and is accompanied by various kinds of chutney or yogurt.
Aloo Tikki is an appetizer of northern India made of boiled potatoes and varied spices. It is found in almost all the stalls and chaat shops of Delhi and other parts of India served with chutney, tamarind, and cilantro and sometimes with yogurt or chickpeas. In Bombay, a popular version of Aloo Tikki is served with a spicy curry and several chutneys called Ragda Pattice, which is sold in numerous chaat stalls throughout the city, and especially in Girgaum Chaupati.
The Aloo Tikki is basically made with crushed potato and spices such as coriander and then fried in vanaspati oil. In some Dhabas, they are put in bread, like a sandwich.
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp ginger
2 green chilies
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp mint leaves
1 bunch fresh coriander leaves
1 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to a boil and add a tablespoon of salt and the potatoes. Cook until tender. Let cool slightly, then peel and mash the potatoes until smooth. Season with a dash of pepper and turmeric. Set aside.
Cook the onion in a tablespoon of oil in a saucepan and fry until golden brown. Mash the chopped garlic and then the chopped ginger into a paste. Add the garlic and ginger paste to the pan and cook for a minute.
Then chop the green chilies and coriander leaves and add the other ingredients to the mixing bowl with the vinegar, turmeric, and seasoning.
Shape the potatoes into 3-inch balls. Form each ball into a cup. Flatten to form round cakes. Lightly coat with bread crumbs.
Heat one-half cup of oil in a skillet. Add the potato chops and fry until golden brown. Remove them to paper towels to drain and then arrange on a serving platter.
Enjoy with salad and a selection of sauces or pickles. You can also add other assortments of vegetables, fishes or meat to the mixture. Just let your imagination fly.