Unorganized Cooking: Aloo Ki Tikki


German Castro, Editor

Hello again! The strawberry shaved ice was supposed to be Easter’s recipe, so this one will be for Ramadan. I liked cooking this one because I have never used rice flour before. I’ve heard it called by two titles: Aloo Tikki or Aloo Ki Tikki; I don’t know which one is right. I will definitely cook this one again in the near future!


  • 5 potatoes
  • Salt
  • Mint
  • Lemon
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Powder
  • Rice Flour
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1 onion
  • Olive Oil

Cooking Time: 4hrs, if you don’t care how long it takes for the potatoes to cool


  1. Wash and peel the potatoes cautiously, with the blade facing away from you.
  2. Boil the potatoes until fork tender. By the way, if your potatoes are green, dispose of them immediately. This capsule of solanine can cause damage to your nervous system if eaten raw or green, which is why they are only eaten after being cooked.
  3. Once the potatoes are fork tender or softer, get a large mixing bowl to mash them into an even paste, sort of like a plaster.
  4. Dice a whole small yellow onion and apply it into the mashed potatoes.
  5. Chop mint leaves and add those too.
  6. Season with paprika, garlic, salt, cumin, and Cayenne powder.
  7. The rice flour is what binds everything together. Apply 2tsp. into the mix.
  8. Mash everything together evenly. If it starts to dry out, use lemon juice in increments. (Not too much though, or that hot oil will assault you.)
  9. Once mixed, gather some of the paste and toss it into a ball, and then press into a patty. Repeat this step until you are out of paste.
  10. If your cutting board is running low on disc space, top the bottom layer with a sheet of baking paper and stack the next one on top. I’m not joking either. This literally is running low on disc space. Mine can only fit six patties at a time.
  11. Set a pan of olive oil to heat up. How much oil varies depending on your pan size.
  12. Once the oil is hot enough, cook each patty on medium heat for 3-5 minutes each side. Last time I looked away for a brief moment I saw the void when I flipped that patty.
  13. Once you have cooked all the patties, you have completed the recipe. Sure, this had a lot of steps involved, but at least it didn’t try to cut my thumb unlike that artichoke recipe I did last year. This Pakistani recipe was fun to make and I had enough to save for lunch the next day. Definitely a great meal to make when you’re on a budget. I praise this recipe as much as I praise eggs in purgatory which I still cook to this day.