Potato cutlet as a starter

I recently went to a restaurant called “Rajasthan” in Patna (capital of Bihar) and took this photo of a plate of “potato cutlets” or potato chops. They are also known as the ‘aloo tikkis’. The world ‘aloo’ means potato in Hindi.

The dish was absolutely lovely and it happens to be one of my favourites. The two cutlets or chops/aloo tikkis seen on the plate are nothing more than spiced potatoes battered in floor and probably deep/shallow fried. The sliced potatoes on the side are probably supposed to be potato wedges. If you love these kinds of food then you must try this potato cutlet perhaps as a starter. Many Indians don’t have the concept of starters as in the West. We would rather get straight down to the main course however most Indian restaurant menus would have a ‘starter section’. So feel free to try them out. We Indians consider them as side dishes or something to have with a cup of tea so we would just go to the restaurant just to have these cutlets.

Potato Cutlet
Potato Cutlets

You’ll also find these potato cutlets sold on the streets as well. Unless you know what you’re doing, I would advise you to stay away from street food. Here’s a street food guide. They can be very appealing and no doubt that you’ll be tempted to try them – but best avoided. However, I have met some frequent visitors to India who are used to Indian street food! They enjoy the street food like the locals. But they come well prepared; they have had their hepatitis A, cholera and typhoid vaccinations. So even if they drink water from the street vendors, it’s likely that they will survive any assault on their bowels. These three diseases are water borne diseases and can cause serious problems to tourists from contaminated food and water. Here’s how to buy drinking water while in India.

Hotel Rajasthan Patna
Hotel (restaurant) Rajasthan in Patna

By all means try the potato cutlet – just don’t try them on the streets unless you have had your jabs.  Read this guide on street food. Here’s a list of 10 Indian dishes not to be missed when in India and here’s a list of the most popular chicken dishes of India.

Potato cutlet recipe (aloo tikki) to try at home

Peal and boil some potatoes and make mash them up using a masher. Add spices such as salt and pepper, grated garlic, ginger and onions, coriander, garam masala and herbs. Shape them out in round flat burger shapes or oval shaped as shown in the picture. You can either coat them in bread crumbs or use corn flour mixed with plain flour as batter. Now shallow or deep fry till they are golden brown and serve.

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Shalu Sharma is a blogger and a writer from Bihar, India. She is the founder of YouBihar, the Bihar social networking site and writer on tourism in India. Apart from blogging, she is also a mother who does cooking and washing. She also watches movies and read other blogs. You can follow her on .

29 thoughts on “Potato cutlet as a starter

  • January 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm
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    The potato cut is very similar to wedges at KFC. I bet they are more tasty than here. I like potatoes because they are so filling.

    We have several restaurants that serve them as little cups with some toppings inside like sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, chives, etc.

    Makes me hungry just thinking about it.

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    • February 2, 2013 at 11:40 am
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      Michael, do try them if they have these potato cutlets on the menu next time you visit an Indian restaurant.
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  • January 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm
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    HI Shalu jee

    I really love these.Yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Sapna

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  • January 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm
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    Yeah they do look a lot like wedge fries and I love wedge fries. Every time I go grocery shopping at our local store I grab a small wedge fry it’s so amazingly yummy. That restaurant looks like a nice little place to eat.
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    • February 2, 2013 at 11:38 am
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      Hi Brian
      That restaurant is a nice place to eat. Love wedges as well. Thanks for your comment.
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  • February 1, 2013 at 7:43 am
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    Hi Shalu,

    It’s really interesting, I love to have the potato cutlet as a starter. You had sharing the wonderful & delicious post.

    Thanks,
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    • February 2, 2013 at 11:37 am
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      Thank you James, these cutlets are great. Please do try them if you have them on the menu next time you visit an Indian restaurant.
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  • February 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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    Oh yes Shalu!

    These are an all time favorite with my kids too, though sometimes I need to stop them for going overboard when they can’t stop at the wedges! Like they say, anything and everything good should be eaten carefully, and here they are deep fried mostly – but nothing to beat their taste. I guess moderation is the key, and if you are having them rarely – relish and enjoy them 🙂

    Yes indeed, anyone coming to our country would need to be careful, especially with food that’s being sold on the streets, which again is very tempting (aloo tikkis especially!) I’m glad you gave the precautions they should take alongside.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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    • February 2, 2013 at 11:35 am
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      Hi Harleena
      we do get carried away with these snack, they are just to good. Thanks for your comment and sharing.
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  • February 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm
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    Beautiful post, Great Work and Great Website all around…Amazing that these types of websites do exist..they are damn amazing..
    Jai Hind..!

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  • February 3, 2013 at 6:58 am
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    Will Surely Visit in the Upcoming Days…. Thnks for sharing…. 🙂
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  • February 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm
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    I love potatoes, any way they are prepared. I surely love to try this one over a cup of coffee.

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  • February 4, 2013 at 6:02 am
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    thanks my mom always prepare awesome dishes for me and she always watches food channels will tell her about this site 🙂

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  • February 4, 2013 at 7:07 am
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    i am not that fond of cooking recipiews but found your post really impressive..good job.

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  • February 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm
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    Whoa too good as potatoe has always been my favourite. I hail from a city which is famous for Potatoes and gonna try this recipe for sure. Thanks a lot for sharing this Shalu ji 🙂

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  • February 13, 2013 at 10:41 am
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    firstly thanx for sharing nice post and It’s really interesting, I love to have the potato cutlet as a starter. You had sharing the wonderful & delicious post.

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  • January 24, 2014 at 11:54 am
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    Every time I read your articles, I feel like i was there…seeing, touching,smelling everything you describe…Nice Article about this Awesome Indian Food…be foodie.
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  • April 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm
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    India’s food is my favorite one, I’ll love to try this recipe for my children. The fries looks delicious and healthy, Thank you for sharing with us this wonderful post.

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