Beetroot Tikkis – Indian Vegetarian Recipe

We love the color drama that Beetroots have. Not only are they fun to work with but are healthy for you as well and we am always looking for ways to incorporate them into our everyday meals. These Beetroot Tikkis are always a hit in our homes, and we use them for parties and for week-end lunches. The versatility is amazing, love the fact that they freeze so well and are available to pull out of the freezer. Enjoy these lovely bites of health.

Prep Time: 30 min
Rest Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 min
Makes: 10-20 pcs, depending on size of tikkis

Ingredients:

Beetroot (Chakundar) – 1kg (2.2lb)
Potatoes – 1/2kg (approx 1lb), boiled
Salt – 2tsp or as needed
Medium Onion – 1/2, chopped fine
Green Chillies – to taste, cut fine
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves (Dhaniya Patta) – 4-5 sprigs, finely chopped
Ginger & Garlic Paste – 1tbsp
Roasted Cumin Powder – 2tsp
Dry Mango Powder (Amchoor) – 2tsp
Unsalted Roasted Peanuts – 1/2cup
All-Purpose Flour (Maida) – 1tbsp
Water – 1/4cup
Panko Bread Crumbs – as needed
Oil – for shallow frying

Method:

1. Wash and peel the Beets. Shred in the Food Processor or with a grater.
2. Sprinkle Salt and set aside for 10 min.
3. Mash the Potatoes and add in the Onions, Green Chillies, Cilantro, Ginger & Garlic Paste. Mix.
4. Cover and keep aside and work on the Beets.
5. Squeeze the liquid out of the Beetroot and combine the flesh with the mashed Potatoes.
6. Set the liquid aside and use for other dishes.
7. Add in Cumin Powder, Dry Mango Powder, & Peanuts. Mix well.
8. Check the salt and spices and add and adjust as needed.
9. Pinch the amount needed and make tikkis with it.
10. Roll the amount needed in your palms and make a ball and then flatten them a bit.
11. Do the same for all and keep aside.
12. In a separate bowl, mix the All-Purpose Flour and Water.
13. In a flat plate, pour out some Panko Crumbs.
14. Dip the Tikkis in the All-Purpose & Water mixture and then into the Panko.
15. Place on a plate. Once done, cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator for an hour.
16. Once ready to fry, heat Oil in a skillet on medium flame.
17. When the Oil is hot, carefully place the Tikkis into the Oil and allow to cook for about a minute and a half.
18. When you see the color change, turn the Tikkis and allow to cook on the other side as well.
19. Remove from Oil and transfer into a platter lined with a paper-towel.
20. Serve hot with some Green Chutney or some Tamarind Chutney.

Tips:
1. Use Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds or Pumpkin Seeds to substitute or add on tp Peanuts.
2. The uncooked Tikkis freeze really well.
3. If you have gluten allergies, use Rice Powder instead of All-Purpose Flour and skip the Panko or add Gluten-free Bread crumbs.

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