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Potato Chop or Cutlet or Veggie Burger - 5, With Paneer Cheese
Aloo Tikki - 5 with Paneer

Manoj Kumar From Roorkee

Manoj is a young man who first came to my younger Sister in-laws home, along with his 2 brothers and a sister, as a young boy and was taken by her under her wing. The siblings have stayed with her and with a few other families close by ever since. They worked at her home in different capacities, including in my brothers factory as office cleaner and tea-boy. My SIL taught all the brothers to read and write and various jobs like cooking, professional sewing etc. Manoj is the most enterprising amongst all the siblings and has done in life. Having done different jobs as a youngster, he eventually trained as a driver and now works for an absent landlord next door, looking after his house and living there with his young family. He is married, with two boys. He is teaching them in a good school, to give them a better future. In his free time, he does driving jobs for other people, helps as a waiter/cook at wedding receptions running a Chaat stall. He is quite a proficient cook. He has driven me to Delhi airport and other places on several occasions, always a pleasure to have around. So, this is his version of Alu Tikki. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

200 gm. Paneer Cheese block. You can buy ready-made paneer from Indian and some other grocers.
1 kg. potatoes
2-3 tbsp. mung dal, washed (skineless)
2-3 green chillies, very finely chopped(adjust amount to taste and heat of chillies)
1-2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated/chopped
2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
4 slices standard white loaf slices
Salt to taste
1 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. roast cumin powder**
2 tbsp. besan or gram flour
2-3 tbsp. natural yoghurt or dahi or milk. Amount depends on how much is needed to get right consistency. See step 2.
Oil for shallow frying
To serve;
Imli Chutney
Green Mango Chutney
2 cups natural yoghurt, lightly beaten, with salt to taste.
1-2 tbsp. chilli powder
1/2tbsp.roasted cumin powder (roast cumin on a griddle and grind roughly)

Instructions

1.Wash and soak dal in a little water.
2.Soak bread slices in a little water.
3.Cube paneer cheese into roughly 1 1/2 cm. squares. Keep aside
4.Boil potatoes in their skins until soft. You can boil the in a pan of water, pressure cook tem or microwave steam them.
5.Cool, peel and mash roughly.
6.Squeeze water out of bread slices, break them up and add to mashed potatoes, along with the drained dal, chillies, ginger and coriander leaves..
7.Divide the mash into burger sized portions with wetted or greased hands.
8.Make each portion into a ball, then make a little depression in its centre.
9.Place one cube of paneer in its centre and close the potato ball around it. Now flatten it into a burger or tikki shape.
10.Heat oil in a frying pan.
11.Shallow fry 4-6 cutlets at a time, turning and cooking on both sides, until nice and crisp on. Flatten a little more with a spatula, half way through the cooking, and let it crisp some more.
12.Serve hot with a spoon of yoghurt, Imli Chutney and Green Mango Chutney to taste and a sprinking of chilli powder and roast cumin.
13.You can also make vegetable burgers from these, see recipe;

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