Chaat, Party ideas, Snacks

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

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

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. Sanoli Ghosh

    Absolutely delicious and well presented. Mouthwatering…

  4. Priya Suresh

    Never thought of combining these two,droolworthy combination.


    Really tempting!!

  6. This is my favourite among all the chaats.

  7. vaishali sabnani

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

  8. Aloo tikkis looks so yumm and vibrant colours.

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

  10. Nalini's Kitchen

    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..

  11. I just love the pics Kalyani. This is my fav snack of all time 🙂


    Really mouth watering…

  13. wow finger licking combo 🙂 am drooling dear .. delicious clicks ..

  14. Awesome pictures and a drool worthy combo!

  15. Corporate to Kitchen

    Love the pics & mouth watering tikkis.

  16. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

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

  17. 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.

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

  19. Sagarika's Kitchen

    nice colour..mouthwatering!!!!

  20. Gayathri Kumar

    Awesome combination. Drooling over here Kalyani..

  21. The Pumpkin Farm

    not sure abt Delhi, but surely have a place in neighbourhood now for this lovely dish 🙂


    perfectly done n great 2 have dis in evenings as snacks

  23. Tikiks are perfect, nice combination.

  24. preeti garg

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

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

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

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

  28. very delicious combo!!! yummy pictures!!
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  29. Suma Gandlur

    Love this combo anytime. Inviting platter.

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