My 1st grader asks me to make something interesting and yummy which he doesn't eat every day. And this is a demand, I get everyday after picking him from day care, which is while coming back from work, which is a 49 mile drive and after picking up my little one (almost 2) from his day care. Now, how can I make something interesting (which shouldn't be a roti based or rice based or soup) every single day. When I ask him to give me options he has in mind, guess what he has none and to top it off, he is very very picky and will decline almost all my dish names that I tell him. The only thing that almost always wins him is potato.
But, trying to be a good mom, I try not to give a lot of that to him, firstly because I don't want to and secondly because then hubby and I also end up eating it, which is definitely good for someone who is badly in need of losing weight :(
Anyways, so one of these days, when he demanded, I thought of using aloo and then making it healthy too, so, add spinach to it and then just kept adding things. When I asked him if tikkis are fine, he was ecstatic and called me "best mother in the world". These days it is an honor as I don't get to hear that a lot from my 1st grader, who most of the time, calls me mean or a non-helper (for not helping him by declining to recite all answers to his homework without him trying it on his own, go figure!!!).
My little one (2 yr old) enjoyed the vadas more than tikki and my older one enjoyed tikkis more. I tell you, these 2 boys are always in 2 different directions. One is south and one is north in all their choices.
So, that is the story behind it. If you are bored enough now, enjoy the recipe and pics :)
Aloo Palak Tikki/Vada - आलू पालक टिक्की/वडा (Potato and Spinach Patties/Fritters)
Aloo (Potato) - 2 cups boiled & mashed (2 cups is what mashed potato should be)
Palak (Spinach) - 1-2 cups, finely chopped (increase or decrease based on your liking)
Ginger - Garlic - 1 tbsp, chopped, minced or paste
Green Chilies - 2, finely chopped (I used 2 tsp red chili powder)
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Chat Masala - 2 tsp
Bread Crumbs - 1 cup (you can also used wet and squeezed bread pieces as well here)
Salt - per your liking
Oil for deep frying of vada and shallow frying of tikki
- Mix everything into a dough form except for oil.
- Now, per your liking, shape them as tikki or vada.
- If you are making vada, heat enough oil to submerge them in a wok and then deep fry them few at a time till golden brown. Drain them on paper and serve (note that I am not dipping them in any batter here).
- If you are making tikki, heat the griddle and add a tsp of oil and shallow fry tikkis to the golden brown color.
- from the measurements I gave, I made 4 tikkis (of the size and shape in pic) and about 8 or so vadas.
Serve them with your favorite sauce or chutney or make it into a chat with some chhole and other condiments.
This is going to Dish It Out - Potato and Leafy Greens event that is guest hosted by me and started by Vardhini.
That's all for now. Take care till next post.