Tikki Chole Recipe

Tikki Chole Recipe

40 Mins
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You know, there's something special about street food that just brings people together. It's not just about the flavors; it's about the memories associated with each bite. One of my fondest memories of street food dates back to my college days when I stumbled upon a small food stall tucked away in a bustling market corner. There, I discovered the magic of Tikki Chole - a delicious combination of crispy potato patties served with spicy chickpea curry and tangy chutneys. From that moment on, Tikki Chole became my go-to comfort food, reminding me of carefree days spent exploring the vibrant streets of my city. Today, I'm thrilled to share this cherished recipe with you, so you too can experience the joy of Tikki Chole in the comfort of your own home.





Recipe of Tikki Chole




Aloo Tikki:

  • Potato, boiled: 4 pcs
  • Roasted powder: 1 tsp
  • Black salt: 1 tsp
  • Cornflour: 2 tbsp
  • Ghee: 4 tbsp

Lapetu Chole:

  • Chickpeas, soaked: 1 ½ cups
  • Water: as required
  • Cloves: 4-5 pcs
  • Black cardamom: 2 pcs
  • Tea powder: 1 tbsp
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Ghee: ½ cup
  • Salt: ½ tsp
  • Kashmiri chilli powder: ½ tsp
  • Roasted jeera powder: 1 tsp
  • Yellow chilli powder: ½ tsp
  • Amchur powder: ½ tsp
  • Chana masala powder: 1 tsp
  • Ginger, julienned: 1 tbsp
  • Coriander, chopped: 1 tbsp

Sweeten Curd:

  • Curd: 1 ½ cup
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Black salt: ½ tsp

Tikki Chaat Masala:

  • Black salt: 1 tsp
  • Yellow chilli powder: 1 tsp
  • Roasted jeera powder: 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 tbsp
  • Amchoor powder: 1 tsp


  • Sauth chutney: ¼ cup
  • Green mint chutney: ½ cup
  • Papdi: 8-10 pcs
  • Onion, sliced: ½ cup
  • Ginger, julienned: 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli, julienned: 1 tbsp
  • Pomegranate seeds: ¼ cup





For Lapetu Chole:

  1. Prepare a muslin cloth pouch and fill it with cloves, black cardamom, and tea powder. Tie the pouch securely.

  2. In a pressure cooker, combine soaked chickpeas, water, the spice pouch, and salt. Pressure cook for 1 whistle on high flame, followed by 4-5 whistles on medium-low flame.

  3. Strain the chickpeas, discard the spice pouch, and reserve the stock.

  4. Transfer the chickpeas to a pan and season with salt, Kashmiri chilli powder, roasted chilli powder, amchur powder, chana masala powder, and ginger juliennes. Mix well.

  5. Heat ghee in a separate pan, then pour it over the chickpea mixture. Add some of the reserved chickpea stock and mix well.

  6. Cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes, occasionally mashing some chickpeas with a spoon.

  7. Finally, add chopped coriander. Lapetu Chole is now ready.

Potato Tikki Recipe:

  1. Grate boiled potatoes into a bowl and add black salt, roasted jeera powder, and cornflour. Mix gently.

  2. Shape portions of the mixture into tikki shapes.

  3. Heat ghee in a pan over medium-low flame. Shallow fry the tikkis until golden brown and crispy.

Sweetened Curd Recipe:

  1. Whisk thick curd in a bowl and add powdered sugar and black salt. Mix well.

Tikki Chaat Masala:

  1. Mix black salt, yellow chilli powder, roasted jeera powder, coriander powder, and amchur powder in a bowl.

Assembling Tikki Chole:

  1. Place a layer of Lapetu Chole on a plate.

  2. Add the crispy tikkis on top and sprinkle with Tikki Chaat Masala.

  3. Drizzle green chutney and sauth chutney over the tikkis, then pour the sweetened curd generously.

  4. Layer with more chutneys, crushed papdi, Tikki Chaat Masala, onion slices, ginger juliennes, green chilli juliennes, and pomegranate seeds.

  5. Tikki Chole is now ready to be enjoyed!


Tip: Serve immediately to enjoy the crispiness of the tikkis and the burst of flavors in every bite.




About the Recipe:


Tikki Chole is a popular street food dish originating from North India, particularly Punjab and Delhi. It consists of two main components - the tikki, which is a shallow-fried or deep-fried potato patty seasoned with spices, and the chole, which is a spicy chickpea curry cooked with aromatic spices. The combination of the crispy tikki and the flavorful chole, along with various chutneys and toppings, creates a burst of flavors and textures in every bite. Tikki Chole is often served as a snack or appetizer but can also be enjoyed as a hearty meal when paired with bread or rice.



Cooking Tips:


  1. Make sure to boil the potatoes until they are completely cooked but not mushy to ensure the tikkis hold their shape when frying.
  2. Season the tikki mixture generously with spices like cumin, coriander, red chili powder, and chaat masala for maximum flavor.
  3. Use a non-stick pan or a shallow fryer to cook the tikkis until they are golden brown and crispy on both sides.
  4. For the chole, soak the chickpeas overnight or use canned chickpeas for convenience.
  5. Cook the chickpeas with onions, tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste, and a blend of spices like garam masala, turmeric, and cumin for a rich and flavorful curry.



Pairing Guide:


Tikki Chole pairs well with a variety of accompaniments, including green chutney, tamarind chutney, yogurt, and finely chopped onions and cilantro. It can be served with bread, such as pav or dinner rolls, as a delicious sandwich or with steamed rice or naan for a complete meal.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tikki Chole:


  1. What is Tikki Chole? Tikki Chole is a popular street food dish from North India, consisting of crispy potato patties served with spicy chickpea curry and various chutneys.

  2. How do you make the perfect tikki for Tikki Chole? To make the perfect tikki, boil potatoes until tender, mash them, and then mix them with spices like cumin, coriander, red chili powder, and chaat masala. Shape the mixture into patties and shallow or deep fry until golden brown and crispy.

  3. What are the key ingredients used in making chole for Tikki Chole? The key ingredients used in making chole for Tikki Chole include chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste, and a blend of spices like garam masala, turmeric, and cumin.

  4. Can I make Tikki Chole ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the tikkis and chole in advance and assemble them just before serving. Store the tikkis and chole separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

  5. What are the best toppings for Tikki Chole? The best toppings for Tikki Chole include green chutney, tamarind chutney, yogurt, and finely chopped onions and cilantro.

  6. Can I use canned chickpeas for making chole? Yes, you can use canned chickpeas for making chole to save time. Rinse and drain the chickpeas before using them in the recipe.

  7. How long does it take to cook chickpeas for chole? If using soaked chickpeas, they typically take about 30-40 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker or about 1-1.5 hours on the stovetop. If using canned chickpeas, they just need to be heated through.

  8. Is Tikki Chole spicy? The spiciness of Tikki Chole can be adjusted according to personal preference by controlling the amount of chili powder and green chilies used in the recipe.

  9. Can I make Tikki Chole without potatoes? While potatoes are a key ingredient in traditional Tikki Chole, you can experiment with other vegetables like sweet potatoes or paneer to create variations of the dish.

  10. Is Tikki Chole suitable for vegans? Yes, Tikki Chole is suitable for vegans as it does not contain any animal products. Just ensure that all ingredients used are vegan-friendly.


Enjoy preparing and savoring this delightful Tikki Chole recipe, and let the flavors take you on a culinary journey through the streets of North India!