I thought today was a good day to prepare and freeze some Momos. Piyush and I are planning on visiting my family this weekend, and I wanted to take some easy—and healthy—food along. My family lives in a tiny town where there really aren’t many options for food. There are even less options for good food (unless mom is cookin’ something up). Piyush is going to be writing some software for my dad to use in his business—and plans to have it completed by Sunday, so he won’t really have a lot of time to devote to eating. I’m not sure if my family of (very) picky eaters will jump at the chance to try my steamed momos, but it’s worth a try.
I made the momos a little smaller this time, and ended up with a lot of leftover dough. I think next time I make them I will make double the filling and keep the amount of dough the same. (If you’re wondering what the heck a momo is, check out this post. It will enlighten you. I promise).
While making the filling for the momos I ended up with about a half cup of extra mashed potato. I decided I was going to make Piyush a special snack to eat when he came home from the office. The momos are an amazing treat by themselves, but those are for the weekend. Instead, I decided to make Piyush something I know he loves….Aloo Tikki!
“Aloo” means potato and “Tikki” means a small cutlet, patty or croquette. Aloo Tikki is basically just a patty made out of mashed potatoes and spices. It’s so easy to make, and so tasty. There are about a million recipes for this delicious little snack. Some recipes I read called for the use of a pressure cooker and some involved incredible amounts of prep time. I, personally, believe that something so simple should also be simple to prepare.
Because I was making the momos, I had the mashed potatoes made. I also had grated some carrots, diced some onions, and crushed some ginger. All I had to do was mix everything together…toss in some spices…and fry ’em up in a pan. I can’t say there is really a recipe—with an exact ratio of ingredients. Instead it’s kind of like…a little of this, and a little of that all tossed together and the results are a delicious party in your mouth.
I think the key to making a good aloo tikki is simply just tasting as you go. You could really throw anything in these patties: peas, cauliflower, fresh chiles…whatever you have! As for the potato, you’ll want to have enough to bind everything together. I also throw in a little bit of panko bread crumbs for some extra binding power. I hate it when the tikkis break apart when you’re cooking them!
As for the spices…salt, pepper, garam masala, coriander leaves (cilantro) and chile powder are all that I used. You could substitute panch phoron (Bengali 5-spice mix) for the garam masala…and that would be awesome! Just make sure to taste everything as you go along.
After you have everything mixed together really well, roll the mixture into balls—a little over a tablespoon will do. Then, roll the balls in flour (not too much), flatten into patties and heat up your oil! I don’t use much oil at all, just a little bit to coat the bottom of the pan (don’t use a non-stick pan!). Once the oil is heated, put the tikkis in the pan and let them cook until both sides are nicely browned. Serve the delicious aloo tikkis with both tamarind chutney and green (coriander/mint) chutney.
Dinner tonight will also be quite simple. Leftovers!
Yesterday was Holi, the Hindu holiday also known as the Festival of Colors, so I made Piyush a few different curries. I made Dal Makhani (or at least my version of it). I’ll post this recipe sometime soon…it’s long and kind of complicated, although it really shouldn’t be! It involved a lot of spices:
This dish took over 5 hours from start to finish, actually. Not all of the time was active cooking—but still. It took a long time!
I have also been craving more vegetables lately, meat just hasn’t sounded appetizing. Therefore I also made a curry that was a cross between Butter Paneer and Muttar Paneer. I made a really easy gravy (curry) and added in some mushrooms, peas and paneer.
Paneer is a fresh, Indian cheese made with milk. It reminds me a lot of tofu. You could use tofu in place of paneer, if you’d like. The dish will have pretty much the same flavor. Before I add paneer to a dish I fry it up in about 2 tsp. of oil and a tsp. of garam masala.
I just think it tastes better that way.
Have a happy weekend, everyone!!!!
Everything looked delicious especially the potato croquettes! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you!!! I only had one small one…but it was definitely amazing!
I love this post- great recipes and I love learning more about Indian cooking! Thinking of trying this with sweet potatoes instead of whit (diabetic husband who spikes with white potatoes!) Great blog- I will be back.
You’re making me miss home with these tikkis!
In India we mix well-stirred yogurt with sweet tamarind sauce and coriander chutney and pour over piping hot tikkis and then garnish with coriander leaves and something called sev, which are “sprinkles” made out of chickpeas. Its complicated.
And I love the fact that you’re so enthusiastic about Indian food. This is getting me excited! 😀
I like the idea of mixing the chutney with the yogurt! I will definitely be doing that next time!
Thank you for the kind words, I do love Indian food! Almost everything about it, actually. It’s been a learning experience, but I’m slowly starting to figure out all the spices and that Indian cooking doesn’t have to be complicated!
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This recipe looks really good. I do also love Indian food. Your partner is a v lucky man having all this wondeful yummy homemade goodies.
Also, nice blog and great photos.
Thank you! They really are delicious…and so easy! Anyone can make aloo tikki!
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Hi Shari…I stumbled on your blog and your love for indian food is surprising and inspiring both. I have indian friends and even they dont cook so many indian delicacies…awesome post. I love cooking too and your enthusiasm so resonates with me…except im not particulary good at posting on my blog ;-)) good luck dear…
Thank you, Anjali!
I try my best to cook a lot of Indian foods because my husband really misses his home (Mumbai/Kolkata) and his family.
…and he loves food! So he’s a happy guy. 🙂
Lovely!!! I can have this plate anytime of the day… 🙂
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i loved your recipies. inspite of being junk food they were healthy as they were homemade so that’s was the best thing abt these recipies. nice post thanks for sharing.