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By Mindy Woods

Food vendors line the streets of almost every major city in India, each specialising in one to two dishes. Aloo Tikki is understandable one of the most popular, spiced deep fried potatoes lavished with a sweet & sour Tamarind chutney and fresh mint yogurt sauce its hard to stop at just one serve. Manu and Sunny chefs and co-owners of restaurant Millets of Mewar in Udaipur were generous enough to share their healthier version of this famous and most delicious street food.

+ Ingredients

2 medium potatoes, boiled peeled and roughly smashed
1/2 Cup finely chopped seasonal vegetables (Onion, carrots, beens, peas etc)
2 Tsp coconut oil
1/2 Tsp Chat masala*
Salt to taste
1 Small onion finely diced
4 Tbsp Coriander leaves, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp raw Millet Grain
1 Hand full of both fresh coriander leaves and fresh mint leaves
1/4 Tsp Garlic paste
1 Tsp Cumin powder
4 Tsp Yogurt (coconut yogurt for vegan friendly)
Pinch of salt to taste
Green chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
1 Cup Tamarind Water
1/4 Cup Jaggery/molasses
Red chilli powder to taste
Salt to taste

1/4 Tsp Ground cumin

+ Method

Combine all ingredients and stir through to thoroughly combine. Wet hands lightly to avoid mixture from sticking and divide into eight small portions. Form into small patties and set aside. Lightly grease a non stick pan and fry over moderate heat until golden brown on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.

+ Green Sauce

Combine all ingredients into a small blender and blitz until smooth.

+Tamarind Sauce

Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until slightly reduced. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

+ To Serve

Divide warm potato patties between plates, spoon a tablespoon of tamarind and green sauce over each patty. Garnish with chopped onion, millet and chopped coriander, enjoy immediately.

+ Chef Tips

*Chat Masa is a spice powder used frequently in Indian cuisine. If unavailable try a combination of  your very own spice mix using anythings from freshly ground cumin, fennel, cardamom and black pepper or substitute with store bought garam masala.

For a equally delicious vegan version swap out plain yogurt for coconut or soy yogurt when making the mint sauce.