April 2, 2013

Aloo Tikki - Choley | Spicy Potato Patties served with White Peas gravy

Ah ! The joys of eating... brings forth so many memories. And Aloo Tikki - Choley is quintessentially Chandini Chowk, in Old Delhi. Simmering in oil on glistening tavas (skillets), the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk are a gastronomical delight come alive. Although I have visited that place just once, the memories linger on, and I keep making plans to visit that place sometime when Delhi is a lot more pleasant (Oct - Feb types). Alas, the plans keep withering down, but given a chance , I would dash to this place to bite into succulent chaats and fiery parathas that give a run for your money and tickle your palates endlessly too !

And thus spoke the foodie in me. Chaats evoke that feeling that no other food cant. And for potato lovers, this is heaven come alive. Crisp, spicy on the outside and soft and succulent on the inside , these tikkis are shallow fried and served with varying chutneys (sauces) on top and drizzled with lemon juice and chat masala. Sure to be a hit with the kids and adults alike at any party, this goes to BM # 27 under "Birthday Party Ideas" theme. Suited for potlucks too. Let's get going then...

Tikkis : 1/2 hour prep time + 1/2 hour fry time;
Choley : 8 - 10 hours soaking, 1/2 hour  + 15 mins - cook time
Serves : 6
Spice level : Medium

Spicy Potato Patties served with White Peas Gravy


Choley :
Dry peas - 2 cups
Oil - 4 tsp
Soda - 1/2 tsp
Tomato - 4 ripe - pureed
Onions - 2 large - minced
Salt - to taste
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 TBSP
Minced Green Chillies - 1/2 TBSP

Dry Masalas:
Garam Masala Powder - 2 TBSP
Red Chilli powder - 1 TBSP
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 TBSP
Kitchen King Masala - 1/2 TBSP
Amchur / Dry Mango Powder - 1/2 TBSP
Dry Anardana Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder / Dhania powder - 2 TBSP
Clove powder - 1/2 tsp

For the Tikki:
Potatoes - 3/4 kg - boiled , peeled and grated
Boiled Peas - 1/4 cup
Onions - 2 large, minced
Bread Crumbs - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Green chillies - 2 or 3 - chopped fine
Cashews - 4 to5  - broken into bits
Oil - to shallow fry
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
red chilli powder, Garam Masala powder - each 1 TBSP
Coriander leaves

For Topping:
Coriander leaves
Sev / Ompudi
Lemon juice
Minced Onions
Green Chutney
Tamarind dates Chutney

(A) For Choley :
Soak white peas overnight. Pressure cook with little salt and soda for 6-8 whistles or till soft and slightly mushy. Once cooked, drain the water and reserve.
In the pan, heat oil. Fry Onions till translucent. Add ginger Garlic paste, chillies, and saute till raw smell disappears. Now add the tomato puree (For the puree - run the chopped tomatoes in a liquidiser and strain to remove the seeds) and saute till oil leaves the sides. Now add turmeric, boiled white peas and the dry masala powders.
Mix well and cook covered for 8 - 10 mins till a nice thick gravy is formed, Add in the reserved water from the cooked peas if required. If the gravy turns to be too runny, grind a handful of cooked peas and add it back to the gravy till the required consistency is obtained. Transfer to serving bowl.

(B) For Tikki:
Grate the peeled and boiled potatoes into a large bowl.Add all other ingredients except oil. Divide into equal portions and make small tikkis. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour. Just before serving, shallow fry them in oil.

Serve hot topped with lemon juice, chutneys, chopped onions along with Ragda or Chole. Enjoy :-)


  1. perfect evening snack

  2. That's really fantastic combination!..I won't have thought of combining these two for a regular thing Kalyani, very nice..

  3. Absolutely delicious and well presented. Mouthwatering...

  4. Never thought of combining these two,droolworthy combination.

  5. This is my favourite among all the chaats.

  6. Kalyani..very unfair....I just feel like going to Chandni Chowk!..love that place for all the ajab gazab food on the road and shops..mouthwatering!..super duper combo, and surely very tempting!!

  7. Aloo tikkis looks so yumm and vibrant colours.

  8. Yummy Potatoes which plays a best part in making snacks... very good snack for tea time..

  9. Wow!!super tempting Kalyani..makes me drool..thats so sad that picmonkey is not working for you,I don't know the reason..but it works fine for me and I edit pictures also these days in Picmonkey only..

  10. I just love the pics Kalyani. This is my fav snack of all time :)

  11. wow finger licking combo :) am drooling dear .. delicious clicks ..

  12. Awesome pictures and a drool worthy combo!

  13. Love the pics & mouth watering tikkis.

  14. Love Aloo tikkis from a road side vendor. The cling cling noise of his tawa is so inviting :)

  15. Yummy combo I never have had these at the Chandani Chowk thanks to the fact that my guide refused to let me enter the lanes, especially the Paratha galli. Wish I can try some now.
    Love your presentation and will try these out.

  16. Didn't know these two would pair so well! Nice recipe....

  17. nice colour..mouthwatering!!!!

  18. Awesome combination. Drooling over here Kalyani..

  19. not sure abt Delhi, but surely have a place in neighbourhood now for this lovely dish :)

  20. perfectly done n great 2 have dis in evenings as snacks

  21. Tikiks are perfect, nice combination.

  22. Tikki looks so crunchy and tasty.. perfect meal for anytime

  23. Absolutely love the combination. Those tikkis look so crispy and delicious. Love the color of chole.

  24. Ippadi yellam tempt panna kudaadu...i will take the next flight to bombay now:-)...super tempting...

  25. One of my all time fav chaat. I always end up ordering only this in spite of various options. Lovely.

  26. very delicious combo!!! yummy pictures!!
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  27. Love this combo anytime. Inviting platter.


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