Spicy Potato Cakes (Aloo Tikki) with Sriracha Ketchup

April 18, 2015

Spicy Potato Cakes (Aloo Tikki) with Sriracha Ketchup




There are many different variations of potato cakes in the world.
There are potato latkes, potato pancakes, tater cakes, mashed potato cakes and then there are Aloo Tikkis.
Yeah, Aloo Tikkis.
I don’t know why, but the name makes me giggle.
Just like as a kid, hearing the teacher talk about Lake Titicaca made me giggle. Now that I’m thinking about it I still giggle at "Titicaca" like I did when I learned of that lake.
Titicaca...HA! Why is it so funny?

Spicy Potato Cakes (Aloo Tikki) with Sriracha Ketchup




Anyways, back to Aloo Tikki. If you’re not familiar with it, Aloo tikki is a Indian/Pakistani snack made of boiled potatoes, onions and various spices.
"Aloo" means potato, while "tikki" means croquette/cake -> so there you have it Aloo Tikki = Potato Cakes, or better yet, Spicy Potato Cakes.
And let me tell you, these are anything but the average-sort-of-bland potato cakes we’re used to eat on this side of the pond.
To the opposite: these little suckers pack a wallop of flavor and they’re so delish you’re never going to make any other potato cake again.
Or maybe you will. It doesn’t matter though, as long as you give these a try.

Spicy Potato Cakes (Aloo Tikki) with Sriracha Ketchup





The potatoes are boiled, peeled, grated, then blended with onion, cumin, cilantro, chili powder, green chili, as well as some ginger. Shaped into patties and then fried to a golden crispy exterior while retaining a creamy, spicy delicious inside.
You can always boil potatoes just for making these Spicy Potato Cakes, but why strain yourself? Just make a little bit extra the next time you’re making mashed potatoes and kill two birds with one stone. You will never have better leftovers than these.

Spicy Potato Cakes (Aloo Tikki) with Sriracha Ketchup


Oh, one last word. I served this with Sriracha ketchup. Because, seriously, why not?

Spicy Potato Cakes (Aloo Tikki) with Sriracha Ketchup                                           Print this recipe!
Adapted from Jamie Magazine

Ingredients
Makes 12 cakes (enough for 4)

Potato cakes

14 oz / 400 gr boiled potatoes, cooled, peeled, and grated
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 small onion, finely chopped
½ teaspoon chili powder
1 green chili, chopped
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 ½ teaspoons fine grain sea salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Sriracha ketchup

8 tablespoons ketchup (make your own ketchup with this recipe)
2 tablespoons Sriracha (make your own Sriracha with this recipe)
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon white vinegar (or rice vinegar)

Directions

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients (except the oil) until well combined.
Scoop 2 tablespoons of potato mixture and shape into cakes about ½-inch thin and 2 inches wide.
Pat the cakes well and place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to harden.
In the meantime make Sriracha ketchup. In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, sriracha, honey, lime juice, cilantro, and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Fry the cakes on both sides until the surface is crisp and golden brown.
Serve with Sriracha ketchup.

Nutrition facts

One serving (about 3 cakes) yields 138 calories, 7 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of protein.

28 comments:

  1. I'm always a little intimidated by making Indian food at home but this looks more than doable even on a weeknight! Thanks for the great recipe inspiration! :)

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    1. You, of all people, should not be intimidated. You're such a great cook, you have nothing to be afraid of :)

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  2. I remembered this from my childhood, and thought you might enjoy it ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJxdL0pH9pw

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  3. Mike, you should have been born in Brazil... I was laughing so hard at your post, because.... because.... Titicaca is a name that makes every Brazilian laugh real hard... Ok, let me explain. Titica in Portuguese, and sorry there is no other way to put it, is dog poop. And "caca" is a name that kids use to refer to... sorry, no other way to put it, poop. So, Titicaca is a VERY unfortunate name for a lake... I can tell you that much!

    ;-)

    now I gotta go back and read your recipe, after this important linguistic detour!

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    1. Hahaha, "Titicaca" makes every American kid laugh as well and for the very same reasons... :D

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    2. I'm sorry but that's pretty offensive being Pakistani myself. If you can't pronounce it properly, please refrain from purposely slandering a very old and very cultural dish. We're not children anymore. Aloo Tikki is no where close to Titicaca, as funmy as it may sound to you. Aloo meaning potato and Tikki means of a rounded shape.

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    3. Oh, boy... where did he slander any cultural dish? I swear, taking offense by Mike's present post is really pushing the envelope!

      Methinks you could lighten up instead of posting a completely irrelevant comment in anonymous fashion.

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    4. Jesus! Some people really get their knickers in a twist! He wasn't laughing about the fact that it sounded like Titicaca he was laughing about the fact that it sounds funny! I am Pakistani and found this hilarious. Also he is promoting one of our traditional recipes so get a grip!

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  4. Ooh an aloo tikki potato cake sounds super delicious Mike & I just love all the spices and aromatics that you've got going on in them too. I've not tried a sriracha ketchup before either... I always pick up such new and great ideas when I visit the Iron You!

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    1. Thanks so much T, I get tons of inspiration from B&B too

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  5. these look so delicious and easy to do!! yumm

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  6. It's official. Like, certified with a government stamp official. I love this site! If you had to pick staples for the kitchen in regards to your recipes, what are the must haves to always have in our pantry? You've probably covered this before...

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    1. Hey Mallory! Thanks for stopping by and for the great compliments. I really appreciate it!
      I don't use anything in particular, besides a lot of spices, veggies and fruit, nuts, and organic eggs, dairy, and meats.

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  7. Dude! You nailed it with these potato cakes, Mike. I'm pretty sure I need these in my life. Like right now. With my cup of Monday morning coffee. With that sriracha ketchup. Also, I just laughed a little when I read your comments about Lake Titicaca. Hehe. #Wolfpack3rdGradeHumor #StillFunny

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    1. Did you ever watched Beavis & Butthead? There's a whole episode on Titicaca...

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  8. Sriracha ketchup?! This needs to be in my life! I don't really make Indian recipes at home, not sure why, but this looks more than doable. To the store!

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    1. Sriracha ketchup is amazing, you should totally try it asap!

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  9. Mike - your post took me down memory lane, I grew up eating Aloo Tikki -but haven't had them in a long, long while! These sound fantastic! So similar to the ones my mom made, only, she just told me she added fresh turmeric root and fresh garlic to hers as well - fabulous recipe - now to convince my mom to make hers again ;)

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    1. I should try your mom's version with turmeric root and fresh garlic...sounds amazing!

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  10. I love potatoes. These little cakes sound delicious!

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  11. I just made these and they fell apart in the oil? Should we not add egg to the potato mixture? Or did I not let it cool for long enough?

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    1. Hey Kelly, I'm so sorry the cakes end up being a huge mess. That's so unfortunate :(
      I'm pretty sure the problem is that the potatoes were not cool enough.
      As is cools, the potato flesh hardens and becomes stickier. It becomes easier to shape the cakes and they definitely hold their shape as they cook.

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  12. You solved my side dish problem brother, I am so making these tonight!

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  13. I was drooling when I saw it on instagram and drooling now- These look delicious, Mike! I love Indian flavours with anything and purposely was friends with a kid in school who had a tandoori oven in their BACKYARD.

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  14. I made them for the dinner yesterday evening. Thanks for the recipe, it is really delicious. And so easy to prepare. I posted it and mentioned you in my post.(http://katinspajz.blogspot.rs/2016/04/ljutkasti-krompir-fasir-ili-aloo-tikki.html#more)

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