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Aloo Tikki

Aloo tikki are delicious potato patties stuffed with a blend of veggies and spices. The result is a flavorful Indian version of a hash brown patty we know you’ll love! These disc shaped potato patties are an irresistible way to sneak in extra veggies to your comfort food. Our air fryer version lightens up the recipe so you can feel even better enjoying this tasty treat and feeding it to your family!'

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What is Aloo Tikki?

Aloo tikki is a potato patty that comes from the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally fried in a shallow pan, these fried patties are a great comfort food, especially when you pair them with your favorite chutneys, yogurt, and other sauces and gravies. We provide instructions for frying or air frying them, which gives you great options to fit your lifestyle!

Stuffed versus Non-stuffed Aloo Tikki   

Stuffed aloo tikki has the same spices and uses the same basic recipe as non-stuffed versions. The main difference is adding in additional fillings and flavors. 

In our aloo tikki recipe, we stuff the patties with chana dal, the authentic style This adds both flavor and nutrients, which makes these delicious patties even better.

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Why you will fall in love with Aloo tikki recipe 

First of all, aloo tikki is one of our favorite fried foods. You will love this recipe though because you don’t have to shallow or deep fry it at all! In fact, you can bake, fry, or air fry them and the flavors will not disappoint you! 

Also, these patties are stuffed with chana dal. This adds great flavor and texture you will love! Plus, the added chana dal pack extra nutrients and protein.

Whether you air fry or fry, they will come out crispy and delicious

And did we mention these are super easy to make? They come together quickly, especially if you make some of the base ingredients ahead of time. This makes them a great meal prep option for weeknight dinner or snack on a weekend day.

Aloo Tikki Ingredients

When you are ready to make this super simple aloo tikki recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients. For ease, we break it down into three groups. 

Ingredients to make aloo tikki

For this aloo tikki recipe, you’ll need:

  • Boiled potatoes 
  • Corn starch
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee - You could use oil instead to make it vegan.
  • Oil - You’ll need this for frying.
  • Cilantro - This is for garnish.

For the chana dal filling, you’ll need:

  • Chana dal 
  • Water 
  • Boiled potato 
  • Green chilies
  • Fennel seeds
  • Roasted cumin powder
  • Mango powder or amchur
  • Red chili powder 
  • Ginger 
  • Salt 
  • Cilantro springs

For the garnish, you’ll need:

How to make Aloo Tikki

Before starting, we broke the directions into three sections for ease. They include:

  • Making the chana dal
  • Preparing the filling
  • Assembling and air frying the tikki

Prepare Chana Dal in Instant Pot

First, pour the water into the inner pot followed by the soaked chana dal and salt. Place the lid on top and then seal the vent and pressure cook for 12 minutes followed by a quick release of pressure. 

The chana dal should be almost cooked, but it should not be overcooked. 

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Assemble the filling

In a large mixing bowl, first add the boiled potato and mash it. Next, add a cup of cooked chana dal.  Finally, add all the remaining ingredients for the filling and then mix well and set aside.

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Make the Tikkis or Patties

In another bowl, add the potatoes. Mash them and then mix in the corn flour and salt.

Divide the potato mash into equal portions and form them into balls.

Next, grease your palms and flatten one ball at a time in between your palms. Use your thumb to make a well for the stuffing.

When the well is ready, scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture into the well. Finally, seal the edges of the tikki or patty.

Repeat the process until all the potato mixture is used.

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When the patties are ready, heat the oil in a pan to shallow fry them or follow air frying instructions below. Shallow fry on medium heat until golden brown on both sides. As they cook, make sure to press the tikkis gently with your spatula to help cook the chana dal stuffing.

When they are done, place them on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. Serve them immediately with your favorite gravies, chutneys, sauces or pack them in a burger.

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Air Fryer Instructions for Aloo Tikki

Instead of frying the tikki, you can air fry them. To do this, set your air fryer to 180 C or 356 F and then cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

Keep in mind that they will still taste great, but they will not look exactly the same and will be slightly less crunchy.

Serve warm with yogurt, sweet chutney, green chutney , chaat masala and cilantro.

What to serve with Aloo Tikki 

When you make aloo tikki, you can serve it with your favorite gravy, sauce, or other dishes. Here are a few of our favorite pairings and serving ideas:

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Can this Aloo Tikki recipe be made ahead of time?

Yes. You can boil the potatoes ahead of time and even mash them and form them into patties ahead of time. You can also prepare the chana dal ahead of time. Just be sure to store them in separate containers in the fridge. 

Uncooked patties should last about 2 to 3 days before you should air fry them. 

Can Aloo Tikki be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze aloo tikki once it has cooled down. To freeze, you’ll need to let it cool down to reduce condensation.

Once it is cool, place the patties in a freezer safe container or bag. As you add them to the container, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between each of them. This will help prevent them from sticking together. They should store for up to 6 months.

When you are ready to serve them, you can heat them in an oven heated to 350 for a few minutes or until warmed through. You could also air fry them for a few minutes to warm them through.

How long can I keep this Aloo Tikki for?

Unless you plan to freeze the aloo tikki, we recommend eating it fresh the day you make it for the freshest flavor. But you can store the recipe for about 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Before storing, place the cooled patties in an airtight container.

When you are ready to serve them, you can heat them up in the oven or air fryer heated to 350 for a few minutes. Alternatively, you place them in the microwave and heat until they warm through.

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Pro tips and tricks

When you want to make the best potato patties, follow these tips and tricks:

  • For added crunch, spray the potatoes with non-stick spray or oil
  • Make sure to thoroughly drain the potatoes before mashing them.
  • If the potatoes seem a bit too moist, you can increase the flour a bit to help thicken them.
  • Don’t overcook the chana dal.

 

Tips to make crispy aloo tikki

Aloo tikki in the air fryer can have a nice crunch. Some tips to make them crunchy every time include:

  • When using the air fryer, spray them with a non-stick spray or spritz them with oil. This will help crisp them as they cook.
  • Make sure to thoroughly drain your boiled potatoes before mixing them.
  • When using the air fryer, coat the outsides in corn flour to help remove some moisture and crisp up their outsides.
  • Preheat your air fryer, this helps ensure their outside gets crispy as they cook.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan, this helps keep the oil hot.
  • Heat up the oil thoroughly before adding the patties, if frying.

Is aloo tikki vegan and gluten -free 

Yes! To make the tikki vegan, you just need to use oil instead of ghee. Also, skip any yogurt drizzle on top.

The recipe is naturally gluten free.

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What other stuffings can I add to the tikki? 

Our favorite stuffing is chana dal because they add a bit of texture and nutrients to the patties. You could add lots of different veggies like peas if you prefer. If you prefer a soft texture, you could steam or roast the veggies before adding them to the patties. Just make sure you chop them up into smaller pieces so they fit easily in the patties.

My tikkis are breaking 

If your tikkis easily break apart, it could be because your potatoes have too much moisture. Lightly coat the patties with corn flour before shallow frying them. This should help draw out the moisture and make them crispier and less likely to break.

My air fried aloo tikki isn’t as crisp as shallow fried tikki    

Air fryers are great for replicating oil fryers. But they do not create as noticeable crunch that you get with deep or shallow fried foods. 

The trade off is you get a healthier potato patty that still has some crunch to it, but that uses a fraction of the oil swallow frying does. It is also super easy to use and there is no mess from splattered oil or worrying about getting rid of used oil when done.

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Aloo Tikki Recipe

Aloo Tikki Recipe

Aloo Tikki

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Aloo tikki are delicious potato patties stuffed with a blend of veggies and spices. The result is a flavorful Indian version of a hash brown patty we know you’ll love! These disc shaped potato patties are an irresistible way to sneak in extra veggies to your comfort food. Our air fryer version lightens up the recipe so you can feel even better enjoying this tasty treat and feeding it to your family!

Ingredients

For Tikki

  • Boiled potatoes 4, medium size
  • Corn starch ¼ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp ghee / oil
  • Oil for frying
  • Cilantro for garnish

For chana dal filling

  • Chana dal 1 cup, soaked
  • Water 1.5 cup
  • Boiled potato 1 medium size
  • Green chillies chopped, 1 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds, crushed 1 tbsp
  • Roasted cumin powder 1 tsp
  • Mango powder / amchur 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder 1 tbsp
  • Ginger grated 1 tbsp
  • Salt ( ½ tsp to cook the chana dal + more as per taste)
  • 4 spring of cilantro torn apart.

For Garnish

  • Yogurt 1 cup
  • 1 tbsp green chutney
  • 1 tbsp sweet tamarind chutney
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • cilantro

Instructions

How to make Aloo Tikki

Before starting, we broke the directions into three sections for ease. They include:

  1. Making the chana dal
  2. Preparing the filling
  3. Assembling and air frying the tikki

Prepare Chana Dal in Instant Pot

  1. First, pour the water into the inner pot followed by the soaked chana dal and salt. Place the lid on top and then seal the vent and pressure cook for 12 minutes followed by a quick release of pressure. 
  2. The chana dal should be almost cooked, but it should not be overcooked. 

Assemble the filling

  1. In a large mixing bowl, first add the boiled potato and mash it. Next, add a cup of cooked chana dal.  Finally, add all the remaining ingredients for the filling and then mix well and set aside.

Make the Tikkis or Patties

  1. In another bowl, add the potatoes. Mash them and then mix in the corn starch and salt.
  2. Divide the potato mash into equal portions and form them into balls.
  3. Next, grease your palms and flatten one ball at a time in between your palms. Use your thumb to make a well for the stuffing.
  4. When the well is ready, scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture into the well. Finally, seal the edges of the tikki or patty.
  5. Repeat the process until all the potato mixture is used.
  6. When the patties are ready, heat the oil in a pan to shallow fry them or follow air frying instructions below. Shallow fry on medium heat until golden brown on both sides. As they cook, make sure to press the tikkis gently with your spatula to help cook the chana dal stuffing.
  7. When they are done, place them on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. Serve them immediately with your favorite gravies, chutneys, sauces or pack them in a burger.

Air Fryer Instructions for Aloo Tikki

  1. Instead of frying the tikki, you can air fry them. To do this, set your air fryer to 180 C or 356 F and then cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. 
  2. Keep in mind that they will still taste great, but they will not look exactly the same and will be slightly less crunchy.
  3. Serve warm with yogurt, sweet chutney, green chutney , chaat masala and cilantro.

Notes

Pro tips and tricks

When you want to make the best potato patties, follow these tips and tricks:

  • For added crunch, spray the potatoes with non-stick spray or oil
  • Make sure to thoroughly drain the potatoes before mashing them.
  • If the potatoes seem a bit too moist, you can increase the flour a bit to help thicken them.
  • Don’t overcook the chana dal.

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