Friday, January 26, 2018

Ragda Patties

I love bringing the flavors of traditional Indian comfort food to my table. I have always been a fan of the vast array of culinary offerings of street food. From Puchka to Jhal Muri, momos to vada pav, I love it all.

If you are a chaat lover then this recipe is for you. Ragda Patties - A lip smacking and finger licking Mumbai/Gujarat street food. Ragda patties are what Tikki Choley is to North Indian chaat lovers. The concept is the same, only flavors are more in tune with Maharashtrian cuisine. There are two main parts to this dish, the Crisp hot patties (potato Tikkis) that are served over a ladleful of hot dry yellow peas curry (Ragda) cooked with an array of spices, topped with green and red chutneys, onions and crisp Sev.
An attractive dish with flavors bursting in every spoonful. Serve it as a starter or as a mini meal for brunch/lunch.

A few points to keep in mind:
  • White peas need to be soaked overnight. If that is not possible then a minimum of 6 hours is definitely required. 
  • I always pressure cook the soaked peas. I recommend pressure cooking peas as its the quickest way to cook them properly. 
  • Potato patties can be both shallow fried or deep fried. 
  • An array of toppings really adds to the whole flavour quotient of this dish. So make sure to try a few of them.

Ingredients (serves 4)
For Ragda:
1 cup dry yellow peas, soaked overnight
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chili powder
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
1 small red onion, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, crushed
½ tsp ginger garlic paste
Ragda dry masala
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
½ tsp fennel seeds
For patties:
4 medium potatoes, boiled and peeled
½ tsp grated ginger
Chopped fresh coriander
½ tsp cumin powder
¼ tsp mango powder (amchoor)
Red chili powder to taste
Salt to taste
2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs (or as needed)
Oil for frying
Other ingredients for serving:
Mint chutney
Tamarind chutney
½ Red onion, finely chopped
1 Tomato, finely chopped (optional)
Sev, as required
Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
Generous pinch red chili powder (optional)
Pinch cumin powder (optional)
  1. Make Ragda - Take the soaked white peas with 2 cups of water along with turmeric, chili powder, salt, and pressure cook till the first whistle, simmer for 2-3 minutes and take off the heat. I like the peas to hold their shape and not mush up too much. If you want you can cook a bit more for a more blended curry.
  2. Once the pressure releases, open the lid. Keep aside.
  3. In a pan heat oil. Add chopped onion and fry till pink. Add ginger garlic paste and cook for a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and cook till you see oil at the side of the pan. 
  4. Add the cooked peas and the dry radga masala. Crush a few peas using the back of the ladle to make the curry more smooth. Add some water if the peas become too dry. Continue to cook until all the flavors blend in together. Adjust seasoning. 
  5. Make Patties- Mash boiled potatoes. Add all the ingredients listed under patties. Combine well and shape into eight small cutlets.
  6. Shallow fry the patties until golden brown and crisp.
  7. Serve - In a plate spoon some prepared ragada and place patties on top.
  8. Top it with green chutney and tamarind chutney.
  9. Add some chopped onions, tomato, sev and coriander leaves.
  10. Sprinkle chili powder and cumin powder (optional).

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