Crispy Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty)

Crispy Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty)

Crispy Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty)

Crispy Aloo Tikki is a popular street food chaat that can be made in a variety of ways.  Any way you prepare these tikkis, they are sure to turn out great!  They taste especially delicious with cilantro chutney or tamarind chutney. One of my favorite toppings is spiced chola (this recipe for crispy aloo tikki is with spicy chola topping).
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


For aloo tikki

  • 4 cups potatoes boiled peeled and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania)
  • Also need oil to shallow fry

For Chola Topping

  • 1 15oz can of chick pea, garbanzo beans, kabuli chana,
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons besan (gram flour)
  • 2 tablespoons green chili finely chopped, adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ginger finely chopped, adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black salt
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)


Preparation for potatoes

  • Boil the potatoes you will need 3 to 4 potatoes, do not overcook the potatoes they should be still firm, otherwise potatoes will be mushy, and tikki will not be crispy as desired. Peel and shred the potatoes.
  • Add salt, corn starch, and cilantro to shredded potatoes and mix it well with light hand. Don’t knead the potatoes. Divide the potatoes in eight equal parts and roll them, into patties. Cover the patties and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours. This is an important step to make crispy tikkies.

Chola Topping

  • Wash the chick peas changing the water 2-3 times. In a blender mash the chick peas with one cup of water just churning few times. Chick peas should be mashed not pasty.
  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat add the besan and roast the besan stirring continuously until besan is golden brown this should take about a minute.
  • Add ginger and green chili stir for 30 seconds, add chick peas, salt, cumin seed powder, garam masala, and mango powder.
  • Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes if needed add water, chick peas should be consistency of dosa or pancake batter.
  • Turn off the heat, spiced chola topping should be served hot with crispy aloo tikki.

Making the Crispy Aloo Tikki

  • Heat the flat frying pan with less than 1/8 inch of oil over medium high heat. When oil is moderately hot put the potatoes patties leaving some space in between. Let it brown for about 2 minutes then turn it over. Shallow fry the tikkies until they are light brown from both sides.


  1. Do not cook on low heat, tikkies will become greasy and will not be as crispy.
  2. Aloo tikkies are ready serve hot with spicy chola.
  3. You can also serve crispy tikkies with cilantro chutney or tamarind chutney.
  4. Chola topping also goes well with samosas and Samosa Pinwheels.
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23 thoughts on “Crispy Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty)

  1. Hi Manjula, love your recipes and even though I don’t have the inner fire lately, I try to cook sometimes as I live alone.

    I wanted to ask – what size shredder should we use for the potatoes in this recipe? I think this is pretty important… Having seen the video I felt like it’s on the larger side. Hard to tell since there’s nothing to measure against and I’ve never met you in person… Probably better with the larger one to avoid unnecessary mushing of the potatoes, right?

    Thank you very much. Keep on with your great cooking.

    Ishan, Bitola, North Macedonia

  2. This was definitely a hit at my party. I followed the recipe to a T.
    The only think I changed the next time I made it was to cut the salt to 1/2 tsp. This is because some chick pea cans have more sodium than others. The first time I made it, my Chole were too salty with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black salt.
    This time it turned out perfect.
    Thanks for a wonderful snack or occasional dinner for two.

  3. Hi mam,
    Your recipes are fentabulous. All in my family liked your recipes. I’m requesting you can you give more recipes on oil free microwave free recipes for toddlers/old person

  4. Manjula, you are a superb teacher, you explain everything clearly, passing on all the little tips and tricks. Thank you so much for the care and time you obviously take over your videos…sound is good, focus perfect…very professional. and the recipes work!

  5. In “Wash the chick peas changing the water 2-3 times. In a blender mash the chick peas with one cup of water just churning few times”

    Are the chole (chick peas) boiled before mashing?

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