The long and winding road to Aloo ki Tikki…

by · November 26, 2008

Aloo Ki Tikki (Potato Patties)

The other day I was flipping through some of my Indian cookbooks, just looking at the pictures for inspiration, as I didn’t have a clue what I felt like for dinner. I came across a recipe called Aloo ki Tikki which started me on my “Indian Inspiration” path. I knew I would need some chutney so I started by making, not just one, but 3 kinds of chutneys: tamarind, sweet tomato and a wonderfully refreshing mint/cilantro chutney.

I will add the recipes for these in the next few days…I promise.

After making the chutneys, I was supposed to make the aloo ki tikki, but instead, I did a complete U-turn on my road to Aloo…and ended up making, 3 different batches of oatmeal, raisin, chocolate chip cookies (recipe also coming soon). I know…I know…what can I say. Joe calls me Side-track Sally :-)

So, after the U-turn cookies and all of the chutneys, I was no longer in the mood to cook the Aloo Ki Tikki patties, so instead we had some fish for dinner.

The next day, we bought samosas just so we could try the “plethora” of chutneys I made the day before. They were so good that I almost bought more today, but then noticed all of the ingredients that I bought for the patties. So finally…there I was going back down Aloo Ki Tikki road.

It’s a very simple mix of potatoes, peas, onion, ginger, chilies, spices and a touch of fresh lemon juice. To bind it all together you add a bit of besan (chickpea flour). Then you form it into patties and off you go.

After that, you fry them up and that’s it. Easy peasy really!

To make a meal out of them, serve them with a salad and a nice big dollop of chutney.

Here is the full recipe for Aloo Ki Tikki.

In the end, my path to Aloo Ki Tikki was not very straight, but at least I got there! And for the matter, when you’re cooking, who really cares what direction you go in as long as you are inspired along the way.

Ciao for now

dawn (a.k.a “Side-track Sally”)

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