Hariyali Tikki

Menu PartEntree
Cuisine TypeIndian

Ryan Gunthner, Food and Nutrition Manager
Desert Valley Medical Center 
Victorville, Calif.

India boasts a culinary heritage of vegan dishes with flavorful combinations of legumes, vegetables and spices. At Desert Valley Medical Center in California, Ryan Gunthner gives an all-American favorite, fried potatoes, an Indian twist. He forms shredded potatoes, spinach and aromatics into canoe-shaped tikki, then deep-fries them and serves the dish as an entree or side with a spicy ketchup. 


Spicy Ketchup
3 oz. canola oil
2 tbsp. garam masala
2 tbsp. curry powder
1 tbsp. cumin seed
1 tbsp. minced onion
2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. minced ginger
2 qt. Ketchup

10 lb. shredded potatoes
3 lb. frozen chopped spinach
6 lb. frozen peas
15 oz. mild green canned chili
5 tbsp. chopped cilantro
5 tbsp. ground fresh ginger
3 tbsp. Garam Masala
1 tbsp. ground sumac
2 tbsp. chaat masala
4 tbsp. salt
8 oz. cornstarch
4 oz. vegetable soup base
2 tsp. baking powder
Vegetable oil for frying


1. For spicy ketchup: In deep skillet, toast spices in oil until fragrant. Add onion, garlic and ginger and cook until brown. Add ketchup and simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and puree in food processor.
2. For tikki: In clean food processor container, puree spinach, peas, green chili, spices, salt and cornstarch.
3. Fold mixture into shredded potatoes and add vegetable base and baking powder.
4. Form 1-ounce balls into tikki (canoe shape) by hand; chill.
5. Heat oil in deep fryer to 350 F. Deep-fry tikki until slightly past golden brown. Serve with spicy ketchup or mango chutney.

Photo courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission

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