Aloo Tikki - Potato Cutlets

"Aloo" means potato in Hindi. Aloo tikki is one of India's favourite chaats (snacks). It can be served as a starter at a dinner party or just as a snack by itself. Usually it's eaten with different chutneys (sauces) made out of tamarind, coriander & mint or pickles, yogurt, chick peas, etc. Fresh and powdered spices make these potato balls flavourful and hot!

A note on spices: I reduce spiciness in my recipes of Indian dishes to medium spicy. Also, spiciness of green chilies as well as powders vary a lot depending on the country and brand. So please adjust amounts according to your taste.

6 boiled potatoes
½ cup fresh or frozen peas
1 tbsp ginger paste
1+ green chili (adjust according to taste)
½-1 tsp red chili powder
4 tbsp bread crumbs
1 tsp garam masala powder
handful of fresh coriander
salt to taste
oil for cooking

1. Mash the potatoes, slightly crush the peas, add the rest of ingredients and mix well.

2. Make small balls out of the potato mixture and flatten them with your palms.

3. Heat some cooking oil in a pan and fry the cutlets on both sides until golden brown. It cannot get easier than this!

4. Serve hot. If you are not in India, you can try them with sour cream or some sweet and sour sauce (plum or apple). We had it with lime pickle - yum!

*Coriander-mint chutney: put in a blender fresh coriander, mint, a few garlic cloves, chopped ginger, green chili, a little bit of sugar and salt to taste, sprinkle lime/lemon juice and blend it till you get a smooth paste. You might need to add a little bit of water.