These mashed potato patties come from India and are called Aloo Tikki. Filled with quinoa and flavored with plenty of spices, this Indian street food is usually served with chickpea curry, yogurt, and sweet, sour, and spicy chutneys!
There are thousands of different vegetables grown in the world and every region has its own staples. However, one veggie stands out and can be found almost everywhere, even in the most distant corners of our planet. I am pretty sure everyone would solve this riddle. Yup, it's a potato! Why this veggie, which is believed to be born in Peru, has spread everywhere and earned the love of so many people?
First, potatoes are easy to grow and store. They are also suited to a cold climate. Second, potatoes are filling. You can easily live on potatoes alone (would be much harder to live on tomatoes or cucumbers). Actually, that's how many people survived during wars. Many crops were getting destroyed by enemies, while potatoes were comfortably sitting deep in the ground. Third, you can turn potatoes into hundreds of various dishes! That's enough reasons to praise this unique vegetable.
Remember these mouth-watering Polish Potato Pancakes I made a while ago? That recipe (I highly recommend to try it) uses fresh grated potatoes, while today I want to show you traditional potato patties from India (Aloo Tikki) made of boiled mashed potatoes mixed with other veggies and spices. It's one of the best street foods India can offer. I thought that only Europe is famous for their potato pancakes / patties / cakes but it appeared that Indians know how to prepare their potatoes too!
The original recipe uses only potatoes, but I decided to follow the advice of the amazing food blogger with Indian roots Vegan Richa and added some quinoa to the mix. If you want to make the authentic Aloo Tikki, just substitute quinoa with 1 medium potato.
These Indian potato patties are usually served with chickpea curry, but you can use canned chickpeas instead. Yogurt and sweet, sour, and spicy chutneys are also served with Aloo Tikki, but once again, if you don't have them, feel free to use ketchup or bbq sauce. Other garnishes include chopped onion, cilantro, and lemon juice.
These little guys taste so good! For those of you guys, who have dietary restrictions, Aloo Tikki are completely vegan + can be made gluten-free by substituting bread with gluten-free oats or breadcrumbs. That's right, perfect for everyone!
Aloo Tikki - Indian Mashed Potato Patties
- 1 ¼ lb (570g) potatoes
- ½ cup quinoa
- ¾ cup onion , chopped
- 1 chili pepper , seeds removed, chopped
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon canola oil + more for frying
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- Cook the quinoa and boil the potatoes with their skins on. When done, peel them and mash.
- Combine the mashed potatoes and cooked quinoa in a big bowl and mash once again.
- Add the onion, chili pepper, cilantro, ginger, cumin seeds, cayenne pepper, ground coriander, salt,oil, and breadcrumbs and mix well.
- Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet. Shape 3-inch patties and cook leaving some space between them. Cook for 7-8 minutes per side, until golden brown.
- Serve with chopped onion, cilantro, yogurt, chickpeas, or chutney. Enjoy!
2. If you don't have any chutney for serving, you can use ketchup or bbq sauce instead. Adapted from Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen by Richa Hingle
You did the right thing by adding quinoa to the tikkis. I usually add some spinach leaves and then we use the tikkis just as appetizers or sometimes as patties for our burgers.
Awesome idea with spinach, Aish! I will write it down to use the next time I'll be making these 🙂
potatoes are such a versatile veggie and with quinoa such a healthy version!
Yup, the best veggie ever, hands down 🙂
Seeing this dish reminds me so much of my time in Varanasi. I had learned to cook this recipe there in a local home. Since then i keep cooking it for my friends. In India they serve it also with a Chickpea Curry named Chole and fresh grated veg like Raddish and carrots. They add curd and Gur (brown sugar).
I love your version of this street food classic! Thanks Igor!! 🙂
Thanks for the additional info based on your experience, Michael! So interesting to hear from someone who was in India and tried the local version of the dish 🙂