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Potato Cutlets
from Asha Kumar - Detroit, Michigan, USA

This is yet another wonderful snack made from Potatoes!
There are so many tasty delights which can be made using potatoes as the main ingredient, I only hope you won't get tired of eating them!

This dish is called 'Alu Tikki' in the streets of Bombay, one of the major metros of India. In Bombay, we can find street vendors selling hot batches of this snack on the roadside, along with sweet & sour tamarind dip.
For people from India, eating on the roadside is something to be enjoyed and savoured the taste there is never found anywhere else !

  • 5 medium-sizes potatoes, washed thoroughly
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tblsp garam masala -- available at Indian stores
  • 2 tblsp coriander powder
  • 2 tblsp black pepper
  • 10 cleaned and cut cilantro leaves -- cut these into very tiny pieces
  • 6 tblsp bread crumbs
  • 6 tblsp vegetable oil
Put the cleaned potatoes in a large saucepan filled with water.
Keep it on high heat and boil until potatoes become soft and tender.
Remove from heat, cool and peel the potatoes.

Take a large vessal, put the potatoes, salt, garam masala, coriander powder, black pepper and cilantro pieces and mash them thoroughly.
Let there not be any lumps in the mixture.

Now, shape a handful of mixture into a cutlet, like a cookie, which is 2 - 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.
Roll each cutlet lightly on bread crumbs to give it a thin coating and keep aside.

Keep a medium-sized frying pan on heat and drop 2 tblsp vegetable oil on it.
Arrange about 4 cutlets on the pan and fry until they turn golden-brown.
Gently turn them over and add 2 tblsp oil and fry until golden-brown on both sides.
Remove from heat and set aside.

Repeat the above process for all the cutlets.
Serve hot with sweet & sour tamarind sauce.