Aloo tikki chaat recipe
Inspired by the restaurant group Dishoom, this easy vegan dish is bound to be your new go-to when you’re craving a snacky, nibbly dinner. Spiced potato patties and crispy chickpeas are topped with coconut yogurt, tamarind sauce and pomegranates.
- For the tamarind sauce, put the dates in a heatproof bowl and cover with 100ml of just-boiled water. Leave to soak for 10 minutes, then transfer to a blender and whizz with the remaining sauce ingredients until smooth. Cover and leave at room temperature. The sauce will keep, chilled, for up to a week.
- For the aloo tikki, cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling salted water until very tender. Drain and leave to steam-dry.
- Heat the oil in a wide, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the ginger, chilli and onion for 8 minutes until soft. Stir in the spices and toast for a minute, then remove from the heat.
- Mash the potatoes well until smooth, then stir in the onion mixture and 2 tbsp of the flour. Season well and mix to combine. Form into eight small patties (about 60g each).
- Pat the chickpeas dry using kitchen paper. Toss in a bowl with the remaining flour and some seasoning. Heat a drizzle of oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the chickpeas for 5-6 minutes, tossing the pan frequently, until golden and crisp. Scoop out using a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and season. Heat a splash more oil in the pan and fry the potato patties for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and crisp.
- Put the aloo tikki on a serving platter. Loosen the yogurt with a little water if needed, then drizzle this over the top. Spoon over the tamarind sauce, crispy chickpeas, sev, coriander and pomegranate seeds. Dust with a little more chilli powder to serve.
- 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp coconut yogurt
- a small handful sev or bombay mix
- a small handful coriander, roughly chopped
- 50g pomegranate seeds
- 4 dates, pitted and finely chopped
- 3 tbsp tamarind paste
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp soft dark brown sugar
- a pinch kashmiri chilli powder, plus a pinch to serve
- 500g Maris Piper potatoes, chopped
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for frying
- a thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and grated to make 2 tsp
- 1 green chilli, finely chopped
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- ½-1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder, plus a little extra to serve
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp amchoor (dried mango powder)
- 4 tbsp gram or plain flour