Aaloo Ki Tikkiyan – Spicy Potato Cutlets

When I think aaloo ki tikkiyan, I think of the classical Pakistani food I grew up eating. I think of the daal and chawal my mother made that I loved. I remember sneaking the flavoursome, tender cutlets from trays in front of guests when I thought no one was looking. I knew I would get some after, but I could never be patient enough.

After marriage, my first few attempts of making aaloo ki tikkiyan were epic failures. The cutlets would break whilst flipping, be waaaay too soft, wouldn’t bind, or would burn on the outside.  I queried my mother and aunts, practiced many a time and finally found out I was doing several things wrong. I have included a ‘Aalo ki tikkiyan 101′ under the recipe for those of you who may be struggling, like I did, or to help those who are making these for the first time, so they can avoid going through what I went through.

First, the potatoes are cooked till tender, but not overcooked. If they are overcooked, they absorb too much moisture and do not bind well. I prefer steaming the potatoes as opposed to boiling them because the texture of steamed potatoes is far more firmer than boiled – all my past boiled potato aaloo ki tikkiyan experiences have led to a mushy mess.

Steaming potatoes for aaloo ki tikkiyan - spicy potato cutlets

I love my steamer – it’s one of my most favourite kitchen tools, along with my blender, George Foreman grill and juicer. I always steam my vegetables in it as opposed to boiled them,  leading to firmer and crispier vegetables that don’t fall apart to mush. I got my steamer from Debenhams during the Boxing day sales for £15 and was pretty much smitten with it since the day I got it! There are similar steamers also available on Amazon at a similar price (and actually cheaper!)

These aaloo ki tikkiyan have a crisp outer-coating and a sinfully soft inside. The secret to getting the outside to become crisp up is to cook the tikki on medium-low heat undisturbed for 5 minutes, and then flipping. This will also help stop the cutlets from breaking, as mine used to.

 

 

Aalo ki Tikkiyan - Spicy Potato Cutlets - flavour bombs!These cutlets are a must have item to serve alongside rice and lentils. This time, I served them with kaali daal. I will post the recipe for the kaali daal soon! Subscribe via email so you get an email when the next post is up! The subscription box is at the right hand side of this page towards the top.

 

Aaloo Ki Tikkiyan - Spicy Potato Cutlets
Print Recipe
These potato cutlets are bursting with flavour, thanks to the array of spices and fresh coriander. You can play around with the spices if you so wish - use the following spices and their amounts as a guideline and get creative in the kitchen! This is a great recipe to have on hand when you are short on ingredients but still want to make something more than a standard meal.
Servings Prep Time
6 cutlets 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 cutlets 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Aaloo Ki Tikkiyan - Spicy Potato Cutlets
Print Recipe
These potato cutlets are bursting with flavour, thanks to the array of spices and fresh coriander. You can play around with the spices if you so wish - use the following spices and their amounts as a guideline and get creative in the kitchen! This is a great recipe to have on hand when you are short on ingredients but still want to make something more than a standard meal.
Servings Prep Time
6 cutlets 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 cutlets 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 large potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander powder
  • 1.2 tsp cumin powder
  • 0.5 tsp red chilli powder
  • 0.5 tsp chat masala
  • 0.5 tsp garam masala
  • 1 handful chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp butter or ghee (optional)
  • 1 whole egg
  • oil, for shallow frying
Servings: cutlets
Instructions
  1. Steam or boil the potatoes until tender, about 20-30 minutes depending on how thick they have been chopped. Refrain from over-cooking the potatoes.
  2. Once cooked, drain and mash the potatoes
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the last two) and mix in, making sure to evenly distribute the spices. Don't be afraid to use your hands!
  4. Fom 6 equal cutlets (tikkiyan) from the potato mixture
  5. Refrigerate for a few hours. This step is optional but I find it helps the cutlets firm up and prevents them from breaking during the flipping process when cooking
  6. When ready to cook, beat one egg in a bowl and set aside. Heat a pan on medium-low heat with a light spray of oil.
  7. Dip each cutlet into the egg mixture and place on the pan. Allow to cook on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Gently flip and let the other side cook, again for approximately 5 minutes.
  8. Your aaloo ki tikkiyan are ready! Serve however you want - these go lovely with rice and lentils, or on their own with chutneys.
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Aaloo ki tikkiyan 101

1. The potato mixture isn’t binding – This may be because the potatoes have absorbed too much moisture during cooking. If this is the case, add some flour or cornmeal to the mixture till it begins to bind. You may need to adjust the spices accordingly. To avoid this in the future, I would recommend steaming the potatoes as opposed to boiling, and if boiling then making sure that the potatoes do not overcook and are removed from the water immediately after being cooked. Another solution is to let the mixture chill in the fridge for a few hours to firm up. If they still do no t bind then add 2-3tbsp gram flour.

 

2. The cutlets break when flipping or during cooking – Allow the cutlets to cook undisturbed on the pan until one side crisps up properly and forms a ‘skin’ from the egg mixture. Alternatively, it could be because the potato mixture has absorbed too much moisture and isn’t binding well. If this is the case, read tip 1.

 

3. The outer-layer is burning and the inside is still cold – The pan is too hot. Allow the pan to cool and then head the pan on low to medium-low. Alternatively, the cutlet has been on the pan too long if the inside has warmed sufficiently.

 

If you have any questions or issues with the cutlets, leave a comment below and I will add it to the 101 above.

 

Enjoy!

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7 thoughts on “Aaloo Ki Tikkiyan – Spicy Potato Cutlets

  1. i love this blog already, i can see it being the next big thing!
    your recipies are so simple and the pictures look so appealing!
    it’s also inspirational how you’re married & still in full time education, mashaAllah!
    i look forward to reading more and more of your recipies xx

  2. Hi Fathima, I really liked your site.All well explained. Does salting the water while steaming or pressure cooking the potatoes affect the texture of the potatoes.

    Aslo some recipes insist on adding potatoes only once the mixture cools down..Any particular reason?

    1. Hi Simmy, glad you’re liking my blog! 🙂

      In my experience, salting the water doesn’t effect the texture of the potatoes, but it helps make the potatoes taste better

      Also, I have never heard of any recipes insisting you add the potatoes once the mixture cools down – I would think this would actually be a bad idea as when the mixture is hot, it would be able to gets its flavour into the potatoes better. Maybe if you give me an example of what recipes you have heard this for, I could help you better 🙂

    1. Simmy, I believe she has stated to cool the mixture before adding the potatoes so that it is easier to handle. When hot, food is softer and breaks more easily. It shouldn’t make a difference to the taste. I’ve never actually heard of this tip though, perhaps the author of the recipe will have a better answer than me. Hope I’ve helped though! 🙂

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