- 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
- ½ teaspoon ginger (grated or paste)
- 1 chopped green chili
- ¾ teaspoon garam masala
- ½ teaspoon chaat masala
Boiling potatoes correctly is the crucial step to make crisp and firm potato patties. Boil them just until fork tender. Avoid overcooking them. Overcooked potatoes often turn mushy and become paste like due to the excess moisture.
Mushy potatoes will need a lot of flour or bread crumbs to reduce the moisture.
How to boil them perfectly?
One way is to boil the whole potatoes in a pot without peeling the skin. Cooking them in a pot will help you keep an eye on them so they are not overcooked. You can also cook them in a pressure cooker.
The other way is to cube them and steam over a steamer or a pot. A perfectly boiled potato should be fork tender but not mushy.
Preparing the mixture: Cool the potatoes completely then mash them well with a masher. Alternately you can also grate them using a grater.
Avoid mashing them while still hot. Avoid adding the bread crumbs or flour to the potatoes when they are still hot. Both these will make the potatoes pasty and sticky.
The prepared mixture should be dry and non-sticky. Sticky mixture will make soft and mushy aloo tikkis. They may break while frying. If the mixture turns even slightly sticky use more bread crumbs or flour to absorb the excess moisture.
Tips to fry perfectly
Aloo tikkis are mostly shallow fried. However they can also be pan fried, air fried or grilled in an oven. If shallow frying, Oil in the pan should come to at least half the height of the aloo tikki. Use a cast iron or a non-stick pan otherwise the base of the tikkis may get stuck to the pan.
Ensure the oil is hot enough, otherwise the aloo tikkis will stick to the pan and mess up. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of prepared mixture to the hot oil. It should come up steadily without browning a lot. This is the right temperature.
After sliding the aloo tikki to hot oil, do not disturb them until the base turns firm and golden. Allow the base to firm up first, then flip them. Otherwise they will break and mess up.