Indian Street Food: Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikki

What in the world? How in the world? Where in the world?

North India, to be exact. I don’t know much about it, but I think I like it. And if this Aloo Tikka (mashed potato cakes with herbs and spices) is served as street food as it’s rumored, then North India seems like the next best stop for me on our summer travels.

New Itenerary:

  1. Chicago.
  2. Indianapolis.
  3. North India. 
  4. India Palace.

It looks like the suburban Indian restaurant will have to suffice. Might as well throw in an extra order of naan while we’re at it.

These cute little (or large) nuggets of fried goodness are bursting with flavor. Ginger, cilantro, garam masala and cumin give a spicy punch to the potato and pea “dough”. And while they took a little bit of prep time (peeling, boiling, and mashing the potatoes) the taste was well worth the effort.

Although I’d still prefer to buy them on the streets of India.

I adapted this recipe from one that I found on a great blog, My Saffron Kitchen. As I was “adapting”, I thought to myself: who are you to be making adjustments to an Indian recipe?

Annnd I never really came up with a good answer to that. So enjoy my Minnesotan twist on this Indian Street Food!

Indian Street Food: Aloo Tikki
Serves: 4
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
  • ¾ cup frozen peas (uncooked)
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tbs. grated ginger
  • 1 handful fresh parsley or cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbs. bread crumbs (I used panko)
  • 4 tbs. flour
  1. Once the potatoes have been boiled and mashed, add in all the other ingredients.
  2. Form into patties (you should be able to get 8 large patties or 10 smaller ones).
  3. Heat a little oil over medium-high heat and fry a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Drain and cool on paper towels.
  4. Serve with any kind of sauce you like (I served it with a cottage/ricotta cheese mixture, but I imagine this would be delicious with some kind of chutney)!

If you ever go to India, maybe you could ship some Aloo Tikki back to Minnesota? Help a girl out.

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  1. I’ve never heard of this particular delicacy even though I’ve been to North India 3 times. Truth be told, I didn’t actively seek out street food so if there’s a next time, I will. But I can’t wait to make this, it sounds wonderful!

    • Thanks! I can’t say I’ve been there myself, but apparently someone has had this from a street vendor in North India!

  2. Angela Zeller says:

    Hey! I live in Delhi, India and Aloo Tikki is our FAVORITE street food. It’s served here with pomegranite seeds and several sauces drizzled over the top: plain yogurt, a cilantro sauce and a spicy ketchup. The combination of all these flavored is mindblowing. Your recipe here looks tasty though too! We will try at our home! I love your blog – we cook your recipes when we are tired of Indian!

    • That’s awesome! This was such a Minnesota version of what I’m sure is a fantastic street food snack. I dream of traveling to India and gorging myself of authentic Indian all day long. :)

  3. Love your blog. Follow it religiously. Beautiful photography and enticing recipes. One question, I made this Aloo Tikki for dinner last night and they turned out super soggy upon frying. The patties soaked up all the oil. I tried reducing the amount of oil and increasing the heat but then the patties tended to burn as opposed to becoming golden brown… Any tips? Did yours turn out crispy on the outside? I also found them hard to handle…tended to crumble as I was serving them onto the plate. The taste was fantastic though. Let me know if u have any tips for me. Thanks!

    • If you find them hard to tend, like, if you problems while flipping them, it means your dough has gone soft and it needs a little more binding. Just add some more flour, or rather cornflour to it. Should work. Dust with bread crumbs. They will be crispier. :)

  4. Simple and tasty… great post

  5. Lovely!!! I can have this plate anytime of the day… :)

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  6. This looks absolutely delicious. I cannot wait to try it as a variation to our traditional potato latke for Hanukkah.

  7. Looks wonderful. I love aloo tikki served with tamarind chutney and minty yoghurt. The scattering of pomegranate seeds sounds good though too.

  8. These look so great! I will have to try them soon.

  9. Such a fantastic Allo tikki.i just loved it completely. Its a mouth watering thing. Hot and spicy allo tikki and after that some sweets like cakes. AWESOME!!!

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  10. Wow.

    I just made this recipe for dinner using left over mashed potato and it was AMAZING!

    Used preserved jalapeno, dried cilantro, powdered ginger and Italian bread crumbs (didnt have anything else) and ended up frying it in coconut oil…

    Instead of rounds i formed it into quenelle using two spoons so that I could fry three sides and plate it in a pleasing manor.

    I normally HATE potato. Anything made with potato turns me off after one bite.

    I think that I have a new favorite dish! Thank you Lindsay!

  11. Saalo Hindi me karo instructions

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