Looking for an easy recipe to use up some extra potatoes? Here’s one you’ve got to try! Make this aloo tikki in air fryer for a healthy and tasty teatime treat.
Here’s what you’ll need:
What is aloo tikki?
The word aloo means potato in Hindi. Aloo tikki is an Indian potato patty made with potatoes, ginger, chili, and spices. Traditionally, these patties are deep-fried and served with condiments such as chili sauce or mint chutney.
These little potato patties are a great teatime snack that you can enjoy with a hot cup of chai.
Why make aloo tikki in air fryer?
Instead of deep-frying, this recipe uses an air fryer to make crispy aloo tikki.
Here’s why you should use an air fryer to make aloo tikki:
- Uses minimal oil. Air fryer aloo tikki is less oily and greasy compared to its deep-fried counterpart.
- No babysitting required. With an air fryer, you don’t have to stand stove side, enduring oil splatters. Just pop the potato patties into the air fryer, set the timer, and walk away. Easy-peasy!
- Easier clean-up. Deep-frying inevitably leaves your kitchen surfaces feeling greasy and sticky. With an air fryer, you don’t have that problem. Any splatters are contained to the inside of your air fryer basket, so your kitchen stays clean and oil-free for longer.
So, the next time you crave crispy potato patties, make them in your air fryer!
How to make tikki in air fryer?
Here’s how you make them:
1. Boil the potatoes.
Boil them whole and refrigerate for 2 hours before peeling and mashing.
2. Combine all the ingredients.
Add grated ginger, chopped cilantro and green chili, chili powder, cumin powder, cornstarch, breadcrumbs, and salt to taste to the mashed potatoes. Mix until everything is well combined.
3. Form potato patties.
Divide the mixture into equal-sized balls. Apply some oil onto your hands and flatten the balls into patties between the palms of your hands.
4. Preheat the air fryer!
Not preheating the air fryer is a common mistake people tend to make when cooking with an air fryer. Just like an oven, you need to preheat your air fryer and allow it to come up to temp before using. Around 5 minutes should do the trick.
No need to Google “aloo tikki air fryer temperature”. Just preheat your air fryer to 190°C/374°F, and get ready for some delicious tikkis!
5. Put the potato patties into the air fryer.
Grease your air fryer basket with an oil mister to avoid sticking. Put the potato patties into the air fryer basket. Avoid any overcrowding or overlapping.
The number of patties you can cook at a time will depend on the size of your air fryer. I can make around 5 patties at a time in my air fryer.
6. Cook for 14 – 15 minutes.
Cook for 14-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the patties are crispy and golden brown.
7. Finally, serve air fryer aloo tikki.
Serve hot with your favorite condiments!
Ingredients for aloo tikki in air fryer
Aloo tikki requires just a handful of ingredients to make.
Here’s what you need to make this aloo tikki recipe in air fryer:
2 large potatoes make around 15 patties. Just boil the potatoes whole on the stove and refrigerate for 2 hours to cool them down before peeling and mashing them.
This includes grated ginger, chopped cilantro and green chili. These ingredients add heat and flavor to the aloo tikki.
This recipe uses ground spices, namely red chili powder and cumin powder for a wonderful warm flavor.
4. Binding agents
This absorbs any excess moisture from your potato mixture and holds your patties together. For this recipe, I use cornstarch and breadcrumbs.
5. Salt to taste.
6. Oil mister
This is a must-have for me when cooking with my air fryer! Before cooking, I grease the air fryer basket with an oil mister to prevent sticking. Plus, this is my secret weapon for making this air fryer aloo tikki crispy!
How to make crispy aloo tikki?
Here’s my tip for crispy aloo tikki. Once you put the potato patties into the air fryer, spray the top with an oil mister. Do the same when you flip the patties over halfway through.
Be sure to try this when you’re making air fryer aloo tikki. This results in super crispy and yummy potato patties!
Why is my aloo tikki breaking?
However, when using binding agents like cornstarch, you want to make sure your potatoes are not hot. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a sticky mess to deal with.
After boiling your potatoes, refrigerate them for a couple of hours to cool them down before adding the other ingredients.
Can aloo tikki be frozen?
Yes, it can!
This aloo patties in air fryer recipe makes around 15 patties, which is a lot for just my husband and me. So we pop 5 into the air fryer to enjoy with our tea and keep the rest in the freezer for another day.
Just line a freezer-safe container with parchment paper to store the extra aloo tikkis. If you’re stacking aloo tikkis in the container, be sure to use parchment paper between each new layer to prevent sticking.
How do you fry frozen aloo tikki in air fryer?
Here’s the best part? You can air fryer your frozen aloo tikkis right out of the freezer!
No defrosting is required. In fact, it’s better to fry them frozen because they end up too moist upon defrosting.
Here’s how to cook frozen aloo tikki in air fryer: Just preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes and put the frozen patties in straight from the freezer. Cook for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until crispy and golden brown.
How is aloo tikki served?
Hot chai, crispy aloo tikki, and a murder mystery novel. I can’t think of a better combination for teatime!
Alternatively, you can also jazz it up and make aloo tikki burgers. Replace the meat patties with air fryer aloo tikki to make a healthy, vegetarian burger. This is a great way to add more plant-based meals into your diet.
Other air fryer recipes you can try
Frequently Asked Questions
What is aloo tikki made of?
In Hindi, aloo tikki means potato patties or cutlets. It’s made with mashed potatoes, spices, and herbs. Typically, these Indian style potato patties are deep fried, but they can be air fried as well.
Are aloo patties healthy?
This depends on how they’re made. Typically, aloo tikki is deep fried, and deep fried foods aren’t very healthy in general. Aloo tikki in air fryer, on the other hand, is a healthier alternative. However, since aloo tikki is made with potatoes, it isn’t a low carb snack option.
Is aloo tikki burger healthy?
Aloo tikki is a great plant-based patty that you can use to make burgers. When made in an air fryer with minimal oil, it’s a relatively healthy and flavorful. However, it may not be a very balanced meal as the burger buns and potato patties are both carb-heavy.
Can I air fry potato patties?
Yes, you can! Preheat your air fryer to 190C/374F for 5 minutes before putting the potato patties inside. Cook for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until crispy and golden brown.
Why do my potato patties fall apart?
Usually, potato patties falls apart due to excess moisture or lack of any binding agent. If your potato mixture is wet or sticky, add more breadcrumbs to soak up any excess moisture. This will help to prevent your patties from breaking apart.
How do you keep cutlets crispy?
To keep your cutlets crispy, place them on a wire rack after frying (or air frying). If you place them on a solid surface like a plate, the bottom of your cutlets may get soggy from absorbing residual steam.
If you’re frying in batches, keep your cutlets (on the wire rack) in a low oven to keep them warm and toasty.
Aloo Tikki in Air Fryer
- Air Fryer
- 2 large potatoes
- 1-inch ginger piece, grated
- 1 green chili, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- Salt to taste
- Boil the potatoes on the stove for 20-25 minutes, until fork tender. Refrigerate the potatoes for 2 hours before peeling and mashing them. Leave some chunks for added texture.
- Add all the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
- Divide the mixture into equal-sized balls. Flatten each ball between the palms of your hands, and set aside.
- Preheat the air fryer to 190°C/374°F for 5 minutes.
- Grease the air fryer basket with an oil mister to prevent sticking. Put the patties in the air fryer and spray the top of the patties with oil. Cook for 12-14 minutes until crispy and golden brown, making sure to flip the patties halfway through and spraying the top with more oil. Serve hot with your favorite condiments.
These air fryer potato patties are an easy and healthy snack option that pairs perfectly with a hot cup of chai.
Unlike the deep-fried version, this aloo tikki in air fryer uses minimal oil and requires no stove side babysitting.
Make a big batch of these yummy air fryer aloo tikki and freeze any extras for another day.
These frozen patties are so easy to make. No defrosting required, just pop the frozen patties straight out of the freezer into the air fryer, and voilà! You’ve got yourself a delicious teatime snack. Enjoy!