Come winter, there’s an abundance of veggies in the market. If I were a chef, my favourite ingredient in my kitchen would be vegetables – I love buying, chopping and cooking with veggies : the more the merrier. In fact, amma (mom) would call me “Purchase Manager” (and that title has stuck till date). Mumbai has a very short and mild winter, but some markets do bring out beautiful produce.
Today’s dish – Rajma Sweet Potato Tikki – is also one of my family’s favourites. Made with the season’s bounty of fresh Rajma, this is protein-loaded. My good friend Shweta gave me these some time ago, and as we are fans of Tikkis / Cutlets, this made a great tea time / post-school snack.
Perfect for the Legume/Dal theme that @Aruna gave us this week for@FoodiesMondayBloghop– #CrunchyMunchyDal. Sweet potato gives this the perfect starch for binding. This along with the other veggies makes it fibre rich and even suitable for a bite or two for diabetics too !
and this is how Fresh Rajma looks:)
And then we make delicious #WinterDishes like:
Undhiyoo (I am just waiting for the all the veggies to come into the market to make this!!)
Oven Roasted Vegetable Soup, and a WHOLE LOT of Soups !!
Avarekaalu Saaru (Hyacinth beans sambhar – a traditional dish of Karnataka during Winters)
Loads of my mom’s recipe for Gajar Halwa
Methi Kadhi (my fav!)
Let’s get to the recipe:
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Rajma (Kidney Beans)-Sweet Potato Tikki – Vegan snack (Can be GF too!)
Course : Snack / Appetiser , Cuisine : Indian
Prep time – 20 mins, Standing time – 15 mins, Cook time – 15 mins,
Makes – 10 to 12 cutlets / Tikki
What you need:
Fresh Rajma (Dried beans could be soaked, cooked soft and used too) – 1 cup (240 ml)
Sweet Potato – 1 medium (100 grams)
Mixed veggies – 1/4 cup (I used Shredded cabbage, french beans, green peas)
Salt – to taste
Oil – to baste + pan fry (about 5-6 TBSP in all)
Mixed spices (use according to taste) – turmeric, red chilli pwdr, dhaniya powder, roasted jeera powder, chaat masala, garam masala
Green chillies – finely chopped – 1/2 tsp (skip if serving to kids)
Grated ginger – 1/2 tsp (opt. but recommended)
Bread crumbs – 1 cup (split use – skip for GF version, use Arrowroot powder instead, in smaller quantities)
Finely minced mint leaves + coriander – 1/4 cup
Split cashews – 10 to 12 (opt. but recommended)
How to (Check out the step by step pic collage above too):
- If using fresh rajma, shell them from the cover. In a colander (which would fit into your pressure cooker), add the freshly shelled rajma, all the veggies and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Let the pressure come down on its own and the veggies cool completely.
- In a large bowl, take the cooked veggies, mash them with a potato smasher or wooden pellet (you may use your fingers too). Add the salt, chillies, ginger, mint, coriander and all the spices (to taste) and mix well.
- At this point, it would be sticky, so add half of the breadcrumbs and bind together (GF version – add a tsp or two of arrowroot powder to bind). Let it come together as a dough.
- Taste and adjsut salt and spice.
- Pinch medium sized roundels and flatten lightly between greased palms to a tikki / cutlet shape. Repeat for other tikkis.
- Refrigerate for 10-15 min (This step is optional but recommended, the low temperature helps the tikkis to contract a bit and ensures it doesn’t break while frying) : at this point, if you aren’t making them immediately, freeze for further use. However, I havent tried freezing them, so please let me know via a comment below how long these can be frozen.
- Once they are chilled enough, heat a grill pan /tava/ skillet and grease it generously.
- Press a halved cashew onto each tikki, roll each in the remaining bread crumb and place in the skillet and gently fry till both sides are golden brown and crispy.
- Serve hot with Ketchup and / or Green chutney.
Rajma tikki sounds delicious and nutritious. Loved the use of vegetables in tikki. Never used fresh kidney beans. Bookmarking the recipe to try sometime.
Rajma tikki with sweet potato and veggies sounds like a healthy wholesome snack. Bookmarking it to try it out this weekend.
Fresh Rajma and sweet potato cutlets are so nutritious and tasty. Perfect filling snack for everyone. I loved the addition of fresh Rajma. I am yet to find them here. Hopefully will check out while I am in India.
Its been ages since I've seen fresh rajma, its one ingredient I get in abundance in Kenya. Fresh rajma and sweet potato tikkis, now that's a wonderful snack option loaded with beans and vegetables.
Rajma sweet potato tikki's looks very inviting Kalyani. You made these tikki's not only yummy but also healthy by using sweet potato and veggies. Would love to try this cutlet????
Rajma tikki with sweet potatoes are a crowd pleaser and perfect for every one. Will love to sandwich in bun with veggies and some green chutney for a
Use of Fresh Rajma and sweet potatoes in a tikki is a good idea. A great and a healthy way to incorporate it in your diet. yummy