Potato Chop or Cutlet or Veggie Burger - 1
Aloo Tikki - 1
Aloo tikki is one of the most popular of a group of hot and spicy snacks that are collectively known as Chaat Selection in India. You can see the Chaat wallahs or street hawkers, on the pavements of any busy shopping street on most evenings. They fry their fresh aloo tikkies on a hot griddle on a portable charcoal cooker known as 'angeethi'. The wonderfully tempting aroma pulls hungry shoppers from far and wide. You can often see a queue of customers waiting patiently for their turn. If a chaat wallah is any good, people travel fair distances to eat his chaat.
The word chaat comes from a Hindi word chaatna that mean to lick. The chaat dishes are so good that people lick their plates, traditionally made of leaves held together with small sticks or twigs, used like paper pins, clean. Even now, disposable chaat plates and bowls are sometimes made from pressed Bunyan leaves. Banana leaves are also used for this purpose in some parts of India. These days however, most chaat wallas use disposable paper plates and bowl. Makes 10-12.
Note added November 2014; adding 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder to the potato mix makes the Rikki crisp.
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