Aloo tikki or Indian mashed potato patties – No wonder these simple potato patties taste so good – these are loaded with aromatic spices, fresh herbs and chat masala. Plus, these are super easy to make and involves only simple ingredients. Try this at home next time, and add that homemade touch to an all-time favorite classic snack.
What makes a good veggie patty? Let’s forget all about the juicy, meaty patties for now, and concentrate on lip-smacking patties made entirely with vegetables. On one hand, vegetables binding together to form the shape of a patty is not so easy. On the other hand, the patties should be oozing out with flavor to make them as appealing as their meaty counterpart.
And hey, I’ve found the perfect answer for all your veggie patty queries. It’s the classic aloo tikki or Indian potato patties. Super simple yet flavorful patties loaded with potatoes, aromatic spices and herbs. Sounds interesting?
So what makes these potato patties so special? One, vegetarian patties often tend to be dry inside due to lack of moisture. In contrast, potatoes have a good moisture content that will in turn keep these patties moist and soft inside. Moreover, when fried, the outside of the patties turn super crispy. Crispy outside, soft inside. Well, I think I’m talking about the best vegetarian patties on the planet.
Two, the main ingredient of aloo tikki is potatoes. Yes, potatoes. Do you love potatoes? Honestly, I’m addicted to them. Whole potatoes are cooked, peeled and mashed ready to be loaded with extra spices and herbs. If you don’t like potatoes or are looking for a low-carb version, substitute with sweet potatoes.
Three, the rest of the ingredients going into the mashed potatoes. These definitely makes aloo tikki the most delicious vegetarian snack and appetizer. Cumin, garam masala, turmeric and chat masala. I’ve a deep love for fresh coriander (cilantro), so a generous amount of this fabulous herb goes into the patties as well.
Alright now, what about the binding agent? Like meat patties, these potato patties also require some kind of binding agent to prevent them from falling apart during the frying process. In this recipe, a soaked loaf of bread will do the job. You can also use all purpose (plain) flour. Rice flour and gluten free all purpose (plain) flour are great gluten free alternatives.
Ok, once you mix in all the ingredients, shape them into patties and shallow fry in hot oil. Get ready to bite into those crispy patties with soft, fluffy center.