Potato Quinoa Patties with Chickpea curry. Tikki Chole. Vegan Recipe

There are many similarities in meals from different cuisines. Like these Tikkis and Chole. Tikkis are cutlets or patties usually made with potatoes, veggies, with onions, chili, spices and such. Served with Chole – Chickpea curry. 
They sound like Crispy Potato Croquettes with a bean based sauce, dont they :).

My Dad prefers flavors that he knows. Some years back, it was next to impossible to get him to try something outside Indian food. He has since become just a bit more adventurous. So when Mom said we make some Aloo Tikki for early dinner, I suggested we add Quinoa to it. Mom was like, yes, add anything to the patty within certain limits, he wont know:). We kept the rest of the Tikki exactly like mom always makes it. You can use any of the spices you have or just add garam masala/curry powder or other spice blends instead of individual spices.

The patties can be easily made gluten-free by omitting the bread slice or substituting it with ground Oats. 

Serve the patties as is, with sauce of choice like ketchup, Sriracha or BBQ.
Or with some hot chickpea curry, chopped onion and cilantro. You can also make burgers with the patties. Serve topped with sliced onion, tomato, greens, cilantro chutney, tamarind chutney or other sauces of choice. 

It was difficult taking pictures with the aroma of fresh hot Tikkis and Chole in the entire house.  

More Indian inspired Savory Snacks here.

Mash the potatoes. Add cooked Quinoa, onion, chili, ginger, cilantro, spices and crushed bread slice. 

Mix well and shape into patties. Pan roast with a little oil until golden on both sides. 

Serve hot with Chickpea curry, topped with chopped onion and cilantro. Or top with BBQ sauce.

Potato Quinoa Patties with Chickpea curry - Tikki chole

Potato Quinoa Patties with Chickpea curry. Tikki Chole.
Allergy Information: Free of dairy, egg, corn, soy, nut. Can be made gluten-free with gf bread or Oats. 

Serves 4
Potato Quinoa Patties/Tikki: Makes 11-12 patties
3 medium potatoes boiled and mashed
1-1.5 cups cooked Quinoa
1/3 medium onion(red or white) finely chopped
1 green chili finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon chopped ginger 
1/2 teaspoon carom seeds(Ajwain, or use cumin)
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon kala namak (black salt)
3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 slice of stale bread, crumbled (omit to make gluten-free or use coarsely ground Oats)

1 Recipe Sweet and Sour Chickpeas (Imli chole), Or Everyday chickpea curry (Chana Masala)
Chopped Onion
Chopped Cilantro

For Variations:
Top with Tamarind Date Chutney or BBQ sauce
Top with chopped cucumber
Use spice blends like garam masala, berbere, cajun spice in the patties

In a large bowl, mash the potatoes well.
Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well. 
Shape into patties and pan fry them with a little oil on medium heat until both sides are golden and crisp. 
Patties can be served as is with sauce of choice like ketchup, Sriracha or BBQ.

To serve Tikki chole, ladle some chickpea curry below or on top of the patties. 
Top them with chopped onion and cilantro. 
For variation, top with Tamarind date chutney or a little Barbecue sauce.

The patties can also be baked at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. I like them crisped up on the pan much better and they need just a few teaspoons of oil on a good pan. 
You can also use wheat flour or chickpea flour instead of bread to help balance the moisture in the patty mixture. Mash and mix the ingredients well and make tight patties so they dont break while flipping. 
You can use Sweet Potatoes instead of potatoes. The patties will need bread crumbs to balance the extra moisture and will need to be baked, if using sweet potatoes. 

These patties are being shared at Rickis wellness weekend, allergy Free Wednesdays.


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  1. says

    looks amazing, sounds delicious and it’s healthy benefits are through the roof. What more can you ask for? These Quinoa patties are definitively something that i am going to try to cook this weekend.

  2. says

    I’ll bet your dad is feeling pretty happy – despite the quinoa switcheroo 😉 – to have such beautiful meals prepared by his family.

    • says

      He is definitely happy with all the food. He gets iffy if i make something totally out of his comfort zone, but still eats it 😉

  3. says

    looks good richa!.. When I tried doing this, mine tends to break while flipping… It was very soft, so I couldn’t flip without breaking… I skipped bread… was it really needed?

    • says

      It depends on the moisture content in the mixture. If it is too soft and moist, then you need the added bread, else it works fine. You can also add flour like wheat or chickpea flour to redue the moisture content. Mash and mix well and make tight patties so they dont break.

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  5. says

    This is an awesome recipe, Richa! I tried making these patties yesterday (baked them in the oven) but, mine broke even while I was making the patties. Did you add any water to the mix while molding them into shape?

    • says

      yes. shape them an freeze between parchment in a ziplock or airtight container. thaw, bake and serve. the chickpea curry freezes well too.

  6. Becky says

    hi about how many grams potatoes is that? I’m in Germany and the potatoes here are a little smaller. Thx!!


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