Aloo tiki

Aloo tiki or potato cutlet is a North Indian snack made of boiled potatoes and various spices. “Aloo” means potato, and the word “tikki” means a small cutlet or croquette. It is found in almost every chaat shop or stall in Delhi, as well as, in other parts of India. It is served hot along with, tamarind and coriander-mint chutney (sauce), known as Hari (green) chutney. I decided I need to learn how to make these after my best friend had a craving for them over the weekend and asked my mom to make us some. They are fairly simple to make and very filling. They are excellent to serve as an afternoon snack with tea or with drinks as an appetizer. Next time we have a craving, we won’t need to run home for them…yum!

  • 3 medium size potatoes
  • 1 small onion- finely chopped or a half of a medium
  • 1 green chili- finely chopped (remove seeds when chopping to minimize heat if you are worried about spice level)
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. fennel powder (I didn’t have any so I left out, you won’t die if it isn’t in there)
  • ½ tsp. red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. dry ginger powder (I also added garlic powder in place of the fennel, mainly because I can’t eat most food without some sort of garlicky goodness)
  • ½ tsp. chaat masala powder (MDG is my fav brand, but there are tons of kinds out there & easy to find)
  • 2 tbsp. flour or corn starch (you cant skip this, it helps bind them and give them a crust, they will fall apart without it)
  • handful of fresh coriander leaves chopped (AKA cilantro. If you don’t like the flavor of cilantro, fresh parsley works as well)
  • oil for pan or shallow frying (vegetable is best since olive oil has a stronger flavor)
  • salt (I also added a pinch of black pepper)

Boil the peeled potatoes and after they are cooled a bit, using a grater to grate them. You can even use a potato masher instead of grating to save time. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape each portion into a round, flat tikki. (Pack them tightly so they don’t fall apart in the pan) Heat a non-stick pan on a medium to high flame and cook each tikki, using oil generously: think shallow fry, till both sides are golden brown. (you will be tempted to mess with them but let each side firm up & get browned, flip gently). Drain on an absorbent paper towel to catch any excess oil and serve hot. This is the Indian version of our latkes. It tastes like nostalgia/home.

Happy Eating, XO.

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Enchilada Pasta

Casseroles. Yes, a one pot meal is extremely convenient, but it should also be appetizing. So coming from someone who hates leftovers, its pretty shocking that I have taken this to lunch the next day every. single. time.

  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 5 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 medium size Spanish or yellow onion chopped (this was my addition, added a depth of flavor and crunch the dish needed, however if you don’t have any or don’t like, feel free to exclude).
  • 1 bag egg noodles
  • 1 can (10 oz.) enchilada sauce (red not the green)
  • 1 can (4-5oz) Rotel
  • 1 taco seasoning packet (you can thank me again for this shortcut since original recipe calls out cumin, cayenne pepper, etc. all the stuff included in the taco seasoning pouch itself)
  • 1 lb ground turkey (original calls for ground beef, but this is an easy way to cut fat & calories without sacrificing flavor)
  • 2 cups (1 will go in the casserole 1 is for the top) shredded Mexican cheese (kids, that means: Monterey jack, cheddar, or Pepper jack combinations. Kraft even has a light Mexican blend that’s yum!)

Cook the pasta per the instructions (I used fusilli because the twirl grasps the sauce really well, but penne rigate would do the same or the egg noodles suggested).
Meanwhile brown the ground turkey meat with a packet of taco seasoning and the chopped medium onion in a tablespoon olive oil.
Drain the pasta and let the meat cool, then mix with the frozen corn, a can of the Rotel tomatoes (the one with the green chilies, trust me it won’t be too spicy. promise.), sour cream, cream cheese, enchilada sauce, and half of shredded Mexican cheese. Top with the remaining cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted (since all components are already cooked).

This is hearty, filling, and flavorful. You know that I’m not lying either, because Mexican is my least favorite cuisine and yet I adore this mexi-fusion casserole. Serves 4-6 people.

Happy Eating, XO.