Sunday 9 March 2014

Chole and Alu tikki

How much I loved this year's women's day celebration.. going to cherish unlimited fond memories of this day, right from having my friends home to brain storming the night before as to what I should cook for my special friends and make their day memorable. Icing on cake was all of us went out for movie in the evening, which was completely not planned. :-)

As they were coming post lunch, one thing was clear in my mind.. I wanted to make something "Chaat" like,  at the same time make it healthy so they enjoy it to the fullest. Frankly speaking I love to innovate more when it comes to making something vegetarian. Instead of making alu tikki or chole tikki, I combined both to make alu chole tikki. Also added some spice to it. The extra zing was in the form of raw mango and fried onions!!

I am glad my friends liked it..

1 cup boiled chole - mashed
2 boiled potatoes - peeled and mashed
1 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
1/2 cup raw mango 
1/2 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
3/4 cup fried onions
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 black cardamom
2 strands of mace
Pinch of nutmeg powder
1 levelled tsp amchur powder
1/2 tsp white pepper powder
1 tsp jeera 
2 green chillies finely chopped
Salt to taste
Rice powder
Oil for shallow frying

Lots of ingredients ehh? well they are easy to find and like I said, these are special tikkis!!

Dry roast jeera, mace, nutmeg and cardamom. Grind them with raw mango.
Mix all the ingredients.

Make small tikkis and roll them in rice flour by lightly pressing. 

Heat oil in frying pan. Shallow fry until they turn golden brown. Turn them carefully. We are not using much besan which acts as binding agent.. so we need to be careful while turning them. 
The reason we added less besan is to make tikkis more soft, also the flavour is better.

The tikkis already have so many flavours.. I decided to keep its accompaniment rather simple. So served it with sweet curd in a bowl. It turned out to be perfect combination.

Do try, am sure you will love them.

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