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Indian Potatoes: Aloo Chop . Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower) . Aloo Methi (Fenugreek Greens) . Aloo Paratha . Aloo Posta with Green Beans (White poppy seeds) . with Collard Greens and Ajwain . with Dandelion Greens . in Green Beans Sabzi . Masala Dosa . Samosas filled with Aloo Muttar (Peas)

Aloo Chops

March 2009

These potato patties are coated in a batter made with chickpea flour (the same batter as for pakoras and similar to the one used to make farinata). The small pieces on the plate are simply fried batter. Serve the chops with puliyinji or sweet mango chutney. The little red chili is a devilishly hot "cayenne" (or so it said on the label at the garden center) from an overwintering plant in the basement.

aloo chops - March 2009

Fry cumin, mustard, fennel and nigella seeds in vegetable oil til they start to pop then add dried chili flakes, turmeric and onion. Continue cooking til the onion is tender. Add parboiled potatoes and chopped green chillies and coarsely mash the potatoes into the other ingredients with a spatula. Remove from heat, allow to cool. (This next photo was taken from a different batch of aloo chops. Little - if any - turmeric or green chilies were added to this particular batch.)

aloo chops - March 2009

Form the potato mixture into patties.

aloo chops - March 2009

Mix besan flour, water and a little salt to form a batter. Coat the patties with the batter.

aloo chops - March 2009

aloo chops - March 2009

Fry in hot oil til golden and crispy on both sides.

aloo chops - March 2009

aloo chops - March 2009

Place the finished chops on a rack and leave in a warm spot while cooking the rest of the chops. If there is batter left over, pour it into the oil and cook it like mini pancakes.

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Serve immediately with chutney (and chole if you have any).

aloo chops - March 2009

Aloo chops go very well with curried beans. Any beans will do: garbanzo, cranberry, black-eyed peas... on this occasion we used kidney beans.

aloo chops - April 2009

Closer view

aloo chops - April 2009

Sauteed dandelion greens were a wonderful extra touch.

aloo chops - April 2009

to blog from OUR kitchen: breakfast treat: pakora and chole - includes recipe for pakora ~ another breakfast treat: aloo chops - includes recipe ~ more beans please... - includes recipe ~ puliyinji is a new staple (WHB) - includes recipe







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