For the Chop/Patties
Potatoes ~ 4 medium + 1 small
Onion ~ 1 medium chopped fine(about 3/4th of the large ones found here in the US)
Garlic ~ 3 cloves minced
Ginger ~ 1 tbsp minced
Green Chili – 4-5 chopped fine(adjust to taste)
Chopped fresh Corriander leaves ~ 1-2 tbsp if desired
Roasted Cumin Powder ~ 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder ~ to taste
Salt ~ to taste
Mustard Oil ~ a few drops(optional)
Besan/Chickpea Flour ~ 1 cup
Rice Flour ~ 1 tbsp or Poppy Seed ~ 1 tsp
Baking Powder ~ 1/4 tsp
Salt ~ to taste
Water ~ 3/4 cup
Plenty of White Oil
Boil the potatoes, peel the skin and mash them. Use your fingers or a masher.
Heat little Oil in a Kadhai/Frying Pan. About 1-2 tsp should be fine.
Add the chopped garlic, minced Ginger, the green chillies and the onion.All of these should be chopped real fine so that you do not bite into anything but the potato when eating the chop.
Sauté till the onion wilts and is pinkish brown.
Add the Roasted Cumin powder and Red Chili Powder and saute for a minute.
Add the mashed potatoes.
Add salt and mix the masala well with the potatoes. Do not fry or cook the potato any further.Add a few drops of Mustard Oil to the potatoes if you want.
Let this cool
Make small balls of the mashed potatoes which is now spiced up with the masalas
Flatten them between your palm and place them on a lightly greased surface. They should be really flat and NOT thick like alu tikki.
Batter and Frying
Make a batter with the ingredients under Make Batter. Add the water gradually as you don’t want the batter to be runny. The batter should be tight as it has to form a coating on the potato patties.
Heat Fresh Oil in Kadhai/Frying Pan. The patties would be deep fried so add enough oil.
Dip the patties in the batter, so that the batter uniformly coats the patties
Gently release the dipped patties in the hot oil and hear the sizzle. Keep heat at medium.
Fry till both sides are golden brown.
Remove with a spoon/chalni which has slots/holes so that the excess oil drains out
Drain excess oil by placing the fried patties on a kitchen towel.
Sprinkle some Chat Masala or kala namak/black Rock salt(beet noon) on the patties while serving