AALU TIKKI - Spicy to munch and best Coffee & Tea companions!

Its been quite sometime since I shot pictures using my DSLR. I just find out reasons like low battery charge or its just sheer laziness for not using a heavy object. I should admit that I missed my point and shoot camera that I have been taking food pictures with it for a while now. But this time, I compelled myself to do a little experimental photography and shot pictures using a Samsung Mobile phone ( Courtesy - FIL). Neither the snack nor the photo shoot was planned,. But when I transferred the pictures, I was quite satisfied with the results. Not bad at all!

I happily munched on these  Aalu Tikkis while I  sipped on coffee and clicked. It is evident from the pictures below. Had to downsize few images for better clarity and I am liking the idea of doing photo shoots with a mobile.
Aalu tikkis  are easy to prepare and is a quick fix for chaat evenings and as party starters. A few Chaat chutneys in hand.... you can begin the party in no time. The recipe source is from our family friend who used to  run a restaurant in London and hubby used to help them around whenever he was free from his PhD routine.

Prepartion time: 15 min
Cooking time : 10 min
Recipe Level : Easy
Category : Snacks, Street food
Source : Venkatraman Uncle
Yields :6 big or 8 medium sized Tikkis
Nutrition Information: approximate
Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16 g25 %
Saturated Fat 10 g50 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 41 mg14 %
Sodium 163 mg7 %
Potassium 46 mg1 %
Total Carbohydrate 8 g3 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g4 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 2 g4 %
Vitamin A13 %
Vitamin C3 %
Calcium2 %
Iron2 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

  • 4 Medium sized Potatoes boiled
  • 2 green chillies chopped fine
  • 1 inch piece ginger, chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds crushed  
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Aamchoor powder/ juice of 1 small lemon
  • chopped coriander leaves  
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 Bread slice crumbled / 3 tbsp of roasted gram flour
  • Salt
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil for sauteing and more for pan frying tikkis
  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle cumin seeds. Add chopped ginger and green chillies and sautee well.
  • Add in the mashed potatoes followed by salt, sugar, turmeric, chilli powder, masala powder and corn flour. Sprinkle very little water and mix until everything blends well.
  • Switch off and transfer to a bowl. When the mixture cools down, add the bread crumbs/ gram flour powder, aamchoor/ lemon juice and coriander leaves and give it a good mix.
  • Divide into small even rounds. Gently flatten into thick discs.
  • Heat a skillet and drizzle some oil.
  • Arrange the tikkis 3 or 4 at a time based on size of your skillet. Cook until the sides brown. Flip and cook the other side until crisp.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot with Chaat chutneys, Tomato ketchup or Mint Yogurt dip.


  1. Hehe... sometimes the phone does give good pictures, that you really wonder if you need that DSLR again. There are bloggers who take amazing pics with point and shoot and mobile as well... Those aloo tikkis are calling my name, has been long since I made them...

  2. I love anything which showcases potatoes. Can finish off these lovely treat at one go.

  3. This looks delicious and a great snack for anytime.Seems like you like to take pictures from point and shoot than using DSLR.It is same with me too.I rarely use my DSLR.But,captures taken with a DSLR is always beautiful.. :)

    1. Tanks for stopping by Amila. After I got my DSLR I have not shot many pictures with the other ones. I have been using Pand S since my last three shoots. I agree that DSLR images are spectacular. How have you been?

  4. Love the last click. Can't believe my eyes that a P & S can capture such wonderful clicks...

  5. I just loved those clicks , and wonderful yummy recipe

  6. Loved the clicks.. Great pics with Point and shoot. Also great recipe. :-)

  7. Looks great girl....love good o'l tikki. Nice clicks. I know sometimes its a pain to shoot with DSLR...and editing phone pics is so much easier.

  8. Aloo Tikkis are always welcome at any time of the day ! There is something about potatoes. Your pictures are as gorgeous as ever Sowmya! I capture all my pictures only with my mobile. They are so much easier to handle.

  9. Hi..so it's not only me using mobile phone to take pictures.. Even I am lazy to take pictures using DSLR.
    The key fact to take good foto with mobile phone is good lighting..
    Kidos to ur FIL. Even I have never touched my DSLR for a year..
    Lovely Tikkis. Feel like grabbing them right away


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