Avarekalu Tikki Recipe
Avarekalu Tikki, tikkis made with avarekalu beans and boiled potatoes mixed with basic spices and then tawa fried on a flat skillet. This is a perfect snack to serve with your hot cup of tea or coffee.
Avarekalu Tikki Recipe, is a delicious snack made with avarekalu beans which is famous in Karnataka. Avarekalu are hyacinth beans which are rich in calcium and iron.
Bengaluru is the only place where they celebrate “Avarekai Mela” during the month of January. The mela consists of series of stalls selling out dishes that are made from these field beans or avarekalu beans. During this mela vendors who sell streets come up with various interesting dishes using avarekalu.
If you are looking for more Tikki Recipes, here are some that you can make in your kitchen:
- 1 cup Avarekalu / Lilva Beans
- 3 Potatoes (Aloo) , boiled and peeled
- 2 Sweet Potatoes , boiled and peeled
- 1 teaspoon Ginger , grated
- 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
- 1 Onion , finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
- 1 tablespoon Garam masala powder
- 1 tablespoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1/4 cup Mint Leaves (Pudina) , chopped
- 1/4 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped
- Oil , for greasing
- Salt , to taste
How to make Avarekalu Tikki Recipe
To begin making the Avarekalu Tikki Recipe Recipe, first prep all the ingredients and keep them ready.
Boil the potatoes in the pressure cooker, peel and keep them aside. In the same pressure cooker add the avarekalu with some water and salt and boil it for 3 whistles. Leave it aside to release the pressure naturally.
In a bowl, add in both the boiled regular potatoes and sweet potatoes, cooked avarekalu beans, a teaspoon of grated ginger, two roughly chopped green chilies, a large finely chopped onion, spice powder, chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves and some salt to taste.
Use your hand to mash them until the potatoes are coarsely mashed and all the ingredients come together. Once it is mixed well, shape them into kebabs or tikkis.
Grease your fingers with a little oil and shape the potato dough into bite size tikkis or large lemon size balls.Proceed the similar way with the remaining mixture.
You can also shape the dough in the form of a cylinder like the kebabs, dust them in breadcrumbs and insert them into a skewer and grill them. I will now place the tikkis over a heated flat pan for about 15 minutes on either side until lightly browned.
Drizzle some oil on each of the tikkis. If you want it to be crisper then you can drizzle some more oil on top of the aloo tikkis .The oil will give them a soft and yet crisp texture.