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Aloo Chap (Spiced Potato Cakes)

Now that I make them at home, I use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef, and gluten free breadcrumbs. Also, I pan fry them instead of deep frying for both health and cleanup laziness reasons. I know my adaptations are A-OK since I made these for my parents and they said they were just as yum as the ones my aunt's make. This is a MAJOR compliment since these aunties are awesome cooks renowned for their massive spreads of all sorts of insanely delicious eats at our family functions. And now that I'm back in TO, I can enjoy this regularly. So happy to be home.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: corn-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, lamb, meat, nut-free, potato, soy-free, spicy, yeast-free
Servings: 4
Author: ness

INGREDIENTS

  • 5-6 medium sized yukon gold potatoes (peeled)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (plus more for frying)
  • 1 large onion (finely diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (finely minced)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger (finely minced)
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder or 1 finely diced chili pepper (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lb ground turkey (chicken, or lamb)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium pot, boil potatoes for 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain, mash, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium heat in a wok or frying pan. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, chili/pepper, cilantro and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  • Add ground meat and peas and continue cooking until meat is fully cooked and quite dry. Add salt and lemon juice.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed potatoes and meat mixture and stir until fully blended. Spoon 1/3 cup of the mixture into your hand and shape into a round patty. Gently roll patty in breadcrumbs until coated and set aside on baking sheet until ready to cook. Repeat until all the potato mixture is used.
  • In a medium frying pan add about 2 tablespoons of oil on medium heat. Add a few patties at a time and cook on each side until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Gently flip and cook the other side until golden brown. Continue until all the patties are done.
  • Serve hot with ketchup. For extra heat, add Tobasco or Mexican style hot sauce to the ketchup.
  • PS - you can also make these smaller and serve them as appetizers.