Saturday, September 17, 2011

Aloo Palak Tikki/Vada - आलू पालक टिक्की/वडा (Potato and Spinach Patties/Fritters)

Hello Friends,

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)


Ingredients
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
Preparation
  • 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.

Serving
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.

30 comments:

julie said...

Yummy tikkis..anything with potato, my kids re also in..
Lovely reading the naughty ones eating habits!!

Pushpa said...

Tikkis look tempting and delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Excellent combination of potato and spinach for this wonderful looking fritters. Excellent preparation.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Deeksha said...

Palak tikki looks colorful, crispy and yummy.

Junia said...

heeehee the joys of parenthood! awww i remember asking my mom to make certain foods for me too! these fritters look delicious and addicting...

Chandrani said...

Tikki looks so tempting. Lovely presentation..

Kaveri said...

Mmm...These are really healthy and delicious looking tikkis

Archana said...

You are the best mom dear. Guess if making the different shapes pleases them so be it. Love this recipe. Will try and dish it out tomorrow.
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Sumee said...

Yummy! for a rainy day!!!!

Aarthi said...

This looks delicious....I bet it taste that good...Yummy..Thanks for the recipe dear...

VineelaSiva said...

Both vada and tikkis are looking yummy very colourful.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Yummy and Crispy Aloo Tikki's. Loved the addition of spinach to it. Enjoyed reading your write up about managing 2 kids and work. I'm yet to experience it after my Mom gets back to India.

Priya (elaichii) said...

How do you do this priya? commuting so long and making innovative dishes in the kitchen!

divya said...

Mmm delicious!

Amina Khaleel said...

Aloo plak vada and tikki look delicious... Bookmarking it...

Hari Chandana said...

Wowww.. awesome recipe Priya.. looks absolutely delicious.. thanks for sharing dear :)
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Priti said...

Aloo tikki ...love any time ..and this looks so perfect Priya ....

Prathima Rao said...

These look tooo.....good!!!! Palak is a nice addition too..:))
Prathima Rao
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Kalpana Sareesh said...

they r so so yummy..

Neha said...

Lovely recipe...perfect tea time snack...

aipi said...

That's some commute girl, kudos to you!Given all that you still manage to do what you do in blogsphere is commendable.
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RAKS KITCHEN said...

A winning combo! Want to have some now :)

Vardhini said...

The tikkis look awesome Priya. Love the color :).

Vardhini

San said...

Aloo and spinach combo is way impressive priya. Beautiful and captivating pics.

lavina agarwal said...

thats so tempting..
bringing up kids require so much patience and hard work...makes me appreciate my parents more :)

lav
(mom of a 4 month old)

themustardseed said...

Love your recipes!! You have such a wonderful collection of traditional rajasthani recipes! Love these delicious looking tikkis

Gopika Ram said...

Wow.. this is a yummy tikki :D I love potato and palak :)

Kalyani said...

mouthwatering here.. the tikkis just look perrrrrfectly done !

Cheers
Kalyani
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Treat and Trick said...

Great combo and lovely golden color!

Dhiraj Kumar said...

blog is very informative and gracefully..your guideline is very good.Thank you...
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