Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hara alu tikki

The Tikki/ Discs / Cutlets are quite  popular in Indian homes. This recipe is not a conventional or regular style of tikkiya that we find. It is made with a variation by adding spinach and peas to get the green colour and added flavour. Makes a great starter or an evening snack. Some people deep fry it , but I prefer shallow frying for health concerns.

Potatoes - 3 boiled, peeled and mashed
Green peas - 1/2 cup boiled and mashed
Spinach - 2 cups, washed, chopped and blended to paste with no added water
Green chili - 1 finely chopped
Ginger - 2 inches piece, peeled and grated
Cumin - 1/4 tsp
Chaat masala - 1 tsp
Cornflour - 2 tbsp for binding
Oil -3 tbsp

In a mixing bowl add mashed potatoes,mashed peas and spinach paste. Add chopped green chilies, cumin, grated ginger, chaat masala and salt. Add cornflour for binding and mix Divide the mixture into equal portions. Shape them into a ball and flatten between your palms.  Heat oil in a frying pan, shallow fry the tikkis for 3-4 minutes.  Sprinkle a pinch of  chat masala on top and Serve hot with ketchup/ sweet and sour sauce / mint chutney.

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