Aloo Tikki: The Spiced Potato Cutlets

Aloo Tikki is a potato cutlet with a well-balanced aroma of spices and herbs. Enjoy it as is or as a filling in pita bread, flatbread or tortilla wrap and have it for your packed lunch and a picnic.

Pakistani Aloo Tikki on a white plate with some rocket leaves and a small bowl of chilli sauce.

Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikki is basically an Indian/ Pakistani version of potato cutlet. What makes it special is that Aloo Tikki uses spices and herbs that taste more flavorsome. 

The recipe I’m sharing here is rooted in the way my Pakistani family and friends make those little potato gems. So, you don’t need many different spices. Only the basic ones that you often use to cook curries. 

Although this recipe is vegetarian-friendly, you can make it vegan as well. Just swap the egg with a few tablespoons of chickpea flour/ gram flour, and you’re all good.

A plate of Pakistani Aloo Tikki with a small bowl of chilli sauce and some rocket leaves

More Than A Snack

You may consider these potato cutlets as savory snacks for your afternoon tea. But they’re also good for light meals if you fancy it.

Enjoy them as they are alongside some chili sauce (I use sriracha sauce more often than not) and some green salad. Or, you can put them in a tortilla wrap, pitta bread, or flatbread and have them as your lunch (or dinner?), or take them as a packed lunch for school, work, or a picnic. 

Basic Things You Need

The beauty of making this Aloo Tikki is that you don’t really need special ingredients. All the items needed are the stuff that you may already have in your kitchen.

Apart from the obvious potatoes, you only need spring onions/ scallions, garlic powder, garam masala, paprika powder, red chili flakes, ground black pepper, salt, gram flour, and some cooking oil for frying.

For the potatoes, I suggest using waxy potatoes. Else, the cutlets will break easily when you fry them. My personal preference is red potatoes. Because they have a creamy taste like the good mashed potatoes, but still a bit waxy that they stay in shape when I fry them. Provided I don’t overboil them.

When it comes to chili flakes, you can always substitute them with chopped fresh chilies or chili powder. Or you can even skip it altogether if you prefer, especially if you want to give the Aloo Tikkis to your little ones. It’s your choice.

How to Make Aloo Tikki

Firstly, you want to boil or steam the potatoes until they are tender. Ensure you do not overcook them because you don’t want them to be too mushy when you mash them.

Let the spuds cool down to room temperature. 

Then, place them in a mixing bowl and mash them lightly. You want to keep it with some chunks and not too smooth. Add the sliced green onion, spices, beaten egg (if using) and salt. Stir well until all the spices and seasoning are fully combined. 

Take a tablespoon of the potato mixture and shape it into a small round disc about 0.2 inches (5 mm). 

In a smaller bowl, mix the gram flour (besan flour) with water until you get a thick cream consistency. Then, heat the oil in a deep-frying pan or a wok.

Dip the disc in the gram flour mixture, and ensure the mixture covers all the potato tikki’s surface. Carefully slide it into the hot oil, repeat making the disc, and dip it in the gram flour mix until the oil is full enough. 

Deep-fry at medium-high heat and turn all the tikki once. When the outside looks golden and crispy, your aloo tikki is done. Remove them from the oil and leave them to rest on a paper napkin/ kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil. 

Enjoy your potato cutlet with tomato chili chutney, imli chutney, or cilantro mint chutney

Top Tips to Make The Best Aloo Tikki

  • Boiling the potatoes with skin on can reduce the water content in the cooked potatoes. So they will stay in shape when you fry.
  • Do not over-boil the potatoes. Make sure you keep an eye on it. Turn the heat off as soon as the potatoes are fully cooked. And drain the water right away. 
  • Leave the potatoes to cool down to room temperature before you break and mash them. The idea is to release moisture in them so they won’t be too wet to work on. 
  • When you mash the potatoes, try not to mash them until 100% mashed. Leave some big chunks to give some nice texture to your cutlets. 
  • If the mashed potatoes become too wet, you can use a tablespoon or two of plain flour/ all-purpose flour. Take care not to put too much flour; your Aloo Tikki will taste like flour fritters with potato flavor. 
photo collage of the making process of Aloo Tikki

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a plate of Pakistani Aloo Tikki on a white napkin with a small bowl of chilli sauce and some rocket leaves.
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Aloo Tikki Recipe Pakistani Style

Aloo Tikki is a potato cutlet with a well-balanced aroma of spices and herbs. Enjoy it as is or as a filling in pita bread, flatbread or tortilla wrap and have it for your packed lunch and a picnic.
Author: Devy Dar
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Additional Time3 minutes
Total Time53 minutes
Course: Snacks & Starters
Cuisine: Pakistani
Servings: 20 pieces


  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cooking pan
  • Mixing bowls.
  • Frying pan or
  • Wok.
  • Slotted spoon


  • 3 medium-sized waxy potatoes I use red potatoes.
  • 4 scallions/ spring onions sliced.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala.
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder.
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder.
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder, Kashmiri red chili powder.
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli flakes see the note.
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste.
  • 1 egg lightly beaten (optional).
  • ½ cup gram flour/ besan flour/ chickpea flour.
  • ½ cup water.
  • Cooking oil for frying.


  • Steam or boil the potatoes with the skin on until they are cooked through. Take care not to overcook as they can be too soft and mushy. Drain and let the potatoes cool down. Room temperature is the best as the potatoes won’t be too wet.
  • Peel the potatoes (I don’t) and place them in a mixing bowl and mash them lightly. Make sure it is not too smooth. You want a bit of potato chunks in the mash.
  • Put the sliced scallions/ spring onions, garlic powder, garam masala, paprika powder, chilli flakes, beaten egg (if using), black pepper and salt in the potatoes. Mix everything well. Take about one tablespoon of the mixture and shape it into a small round disc. Try to aim the thickness of 5 mm/ 0.2 inch. Work it through until the potato mix is finished. 
  • Put the gram flour in a small bowl and mix it with the water. Use a small hand whisk or a fork, whisk the flour until you get a smooth batter.
  • Then heat the oil in a frying pan/ wok about ½ inch high. 
  • Dip the potato disc in the chickpea flour batter and carefully slide it into the hot oil. Leave a little space between the discs. Fry until the Aloo Tikkis are lightly golden. 


  • Boiling the potatoes with the skin on can prevent the potatoes from going too soft. And take care, not to over boil. Otherwise, the potatoes will be too soft due to the water content. 
  • For the vegan option, you can omit the egg and replace it with two tablespoons of gram flour. 
  • You can substitute the red chilli flakes with Kashmiri red chilli powder, cayenne powder, or chopped fresh chillies. You can also omit the chilli if you don’t want your Aloo Tikki to be spicy. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g


Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.

Author: Devy Dar

Title: Food Writer, Recipe Developer, and Digital Content Creator.


Devy Dar founded So Yummy Recipes and Drizzling Flavor to share her love of food after exploring various cultures and cuisines for more than two decades. Her mission is to help others easily recreate traditional and non-traditional food with readily available ingredients. Her works have been featured in Reader’s Digest, Al Jazeera, MSN, Yahoo, Bon Appetit, and more. 

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