Delhi Aloo Tikki Guide: Crispy Recipes & Flavorful Serving Ideas

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Imagine strolling through the bustling streets of Delhi, where the aromas of street food fill the air. Among the most cherished snacks you’ll encounter is Aloo Tikki, a delightful treat that has won the hearts of locals and travelers alike. This popular North Indian snack features crispy, golden potato patties seasoned with a blend of aromatic spices, making each bite a burst of flavor.


Delve into the flavorful world of Aloo Tikki with these carefully chosen ingredients that promise to replicate the vibrant street food experience of Delhi.

For Aloo Tikki

  • 4 large potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup green peas, boiled and mashed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green chili
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • Oil for shallow frying
  • Mint chutney
  • Tamarind chutney
  • Yogurt, whisked
  • Sev (crisp fried gram flour noodles)
  • Finely chopped onions
  • Fresh chopped coriander for garnish

Equipment Needed

To make your Delhi-style Aloo Tikki at home, you’ll need a few kitchen essentials that will help you achieve that perfect crisp and flavorsome bite. Ensuring you have the right tools can make the process smoother and more enjoyable. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Large Mixing Bowl: Essential for combining the boiled potatoes, peas, and spices.
  2. Potato Masher: Helps in mashing the potatoes to the right consistency.
  3. Frying Pan or Skillet: A non-stick skillet is ideal for frying the tikkis to golden perfection.
  4. Spatula: Needed for flipping the tikkis without breaking them.
  5. Measuring Cups and Spoons: For accurately measuring your spices and condiments.

With these tools in hand, you’ll find that making Aloo Tikki is not only easy but also allows you to bring a taste of Delhi’s street food into your kitchen.

Prep Instructions

Get ready to transform your kitchen into a Delhi street food stall with these simple prep steps. Here’s how you can start making your delicious Aloo Tikki.

Boiling Potatoes

  1. Begin by washing 4 large potatoes thoroughly under cold running water to remove any dirt.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with enough water so they are fully submerged.
  3. Add a teaspoon of salt to the water; this will help season the potatoes as they cook.
  4. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
  5. Check the potatoes for doneness by piercing them with a fork. They should be tender and easy to pierce.
  6. Once cooked, drain the hot water and let the potatoes cool down until they are easy to handle.
  7. Peel the potatoes and set them aside in a bowl. They are now ready to be mashed and mixed with spices for your Aloo Tikki.

Sautéing the Spices for Aloo Tikki

  1. In a small pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds until they turn golden brown.
  3. To the pan, add 1 finely chopped green chili and 2 teaspoons of finely grated ginger. Sauté these for about a minute until the raw smell disappears.
  4. Incorporatachieve a good mix when mash your Tikki and create a well-rounded blend of flavor.
  5. This spicy mixture is now ready to be combined with the mashed potatoes to form the base of your Aloo Tikki.

Aloo Tikki Mixture

Now that you have your potatoes perfectly mashed and your spices lined up, it’s time to prepare the aloo tikki mixture that combines all these beautifully fragrant ingredients.

Mixing Ingredients

  1. Start by heating a small pan over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of oil, followed by 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds. Allow them to sputle until they release their aromatic oils, which should take about a minute.
  2. To the pan, add 1 finely chopped green chili and 1 tablespoon of grated ginger. Sauté these for about two minutes until the raw smell disappears and they turn slightly golden.
  3. Next, stir in 1/2 cup of boiled and roughly mashed green peas. Cook for another two minutes to marry the flavors together.
  4. Remove the pan from heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked spice and peas mixture with 4 cups of mashed boiled potatoes. Ensure no large lumps remain.
  6. Add salt to taste, 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala, and 1/2 teaspoon of dried mango powder (amchur). Mix everything thoroughly to distribute the spices evenly throughout the potato mixture.

Shaping the Aloo Tikki

  1. Once your mixture is ready and cool enough to handle, grease your hands with a little oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Take a small portion of the mixture, about the size of a lemon, and roll it into a smooth ball.
  3. Flatten the ball gently between your palms to form a thick, round patty. The edges should be smooth to prevent the tikki from breaking during frying.
  4. Repeat the process until all the mixture is used up. Place the shaped tikkis on a plate.
  5. If the tikkis feel too soft or are sticking, you may chill them in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to firm up before frying. This step helps retain their shape and makes for a crispier exterior.

These steps are the heart of forming the core of Delhi’s beloved aloo tikki, ensuring every bite is seasoned perfectly and holds together like a culinary masterpiece from the streets of India’s capital.

Cooking Instructions

Now that your Aloo Tikki mixture is ready and perfectly seasoned, let’s move on to cooking these delightful patties to golden perfection.

Pan-Frying Aloo Tikki

  1. Heat the Pan: Place a large non-stick frying pan on medium heat and pour in enough oil to generously cover the bottom of the pan.
  2. Test Oil Temperature: Drop a small piece of the mixture into the oil. If it sizzles immediately, the oil is ready for frying.
  3. Place Patties in Pan: Gently lay the patties in the hot oil, ensuring they don’t touch each other to prevent sticking.
  4. Fry Until Golden: Fry the patties for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until they turn deep golden brown. The key is to fry them at a medium heat to ensure the inside cooks thoroughly without burning the outside.
  5. Drain Excess Oil: Once fried, remove the patties with a slotted spatula and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  6. Serve Hot: Serve your Aloo Tikki hot with a side of mint chutney and a dollop of yogurt or tamarind sauce.

Baking the Aloo Tikki Patties

  1. Preheat Your Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). This high temperature ensures a crispy exterior on your patties.
  2. Prepare Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly brush it with oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Arrange Patties: Place the patties on the prepared baking sheet, making sure they are spaced apart evenly.
  4. Bake to Crispiness: Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes. Then, flip each patty and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until both sides are golden and crisp.
  5. Cool Slightly and Serve: Allow the patties to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before serving. This rest period helps the patties firm up and makes them easier to handle.

Following these steps, you can enjoy Aloo Tikki just the way you like, either classic pan-fried or baked for a lighter touch.

Serving Suggestions

Discover the best ways to elevate your Delhi Aloo Tikki from a simple snack to a mouthwatering meal with these serving suggestions.

Traditional Garnishes

Enhance your Aloo Tikki by topping it with a sprinkle of fine sev or crushed papdi for an added crunch. Freshly chopped cilantro or a dash of chaat masala can also lend a vibrant flavor boost to each bite. For an authentic touch, consider adding a small dollop of tamarind chutney right on top of the tikkis before serving.

Sauce Pairings

Aloo Tikki pairs wonderfully with a variety of sauces that balance its rich flavor. The most popular choice is mint chutney, known for its fresh, herbal notes that complement the spicy tikkis. Additionally, sweet tamarind chutney or a creamy yogurt-based raita can provide a delightful contrast. For a tangy twist, pair with yogurt mixed with roasted cumin powder, salt, and a bit of black salt.


Delhi Aloo Tikki isn’t just a snack; it’s a burst of flavors that brings the vibrant streets of Delhi right to your plate. Whether you’re cooking it up in your kitchen or dreaming about your next culinary adventure this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings for something uniquely delicious and authentically Indian. So why not give it a try? Gather your spices your pan or your oven and dive into the rich world of Indian street food. Your taste buds will thank you!

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