Saturday, October 11, 2008

Leftovers: Poha Tikkis

by Priyanka posted at 9:30 AM 26 comments

Have there been instances when you have cooked up a batch of food only to find that you are left with a lot of 'leftovers'? I am pretty sure everyone must have had this dilemma. And have you ever pondered over the question of what to do with that left over food? I have and when i invariably dont have an answer to the question, i do what other girls do......i call up my mom:). With this specific question in mind, i am starting a new series of posts titled- you guessed it- Leftovers. I would also like to hear from all of you- bloggers and non-bloggers/readers about your ideas of how to use up leftovers. In this series i will also be featuring not only left over foods but also how to put veggies such as that small piece of gourd (lauki/dudhi) or just two small baby eggplants languishing in your fridge (which would otherwise wilt away) to good use.

Starting with the first post in this series, i present to you- Alu-Poha-Palak Tikkis from none other than my aai's bag of recipe treasures. Now Hubby dear is fond of poha. However it had been a long time since i had made any- as a result P kept pestering me about it.. So the last time when we made the trip to the Indian store, i picked up this huge packet of poha and cooked up a storm.......creating a big dilemma for none other than myself. A classic example of what my mom would call Hathodi pe pair marna. So what do i do next? I call up my mom and ask her for the solution. And the answer comes in the form of some very delectable Poha Tikkis. This also makes for a fantastic party dish that you might want to serve to your guests. So what do you need for the Poha Tikkis?

Alu-Poha-Palak Tikkis

My mom's recipe called for some spinach. However, if you dont have any, do without it. Or else use any other leafy greens that you have on hand- like chard, methi/fenugreek.

Makes 15


2 cups leftover poha (i made poha with potatoes and onions)
2 medium boiled potatoes
4 medium green chilies
1 big clove garlic
1 inch piece of ginger
1/3 tsp turmeric
1/3 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped coriander/cilantro
1 cup finely chopped palak/spinach (optional or any other leafy green)
2 slices of bread (or 2 tbsp cornflour or 1/2 cup bread crumbs-semi crushed)
oil for shallow frying

1. Boil the potatoes, peel them and mash them.
2. Crush the ginger, garlic and green chilies to make a paste with as little water as possible.
3. Mix the poha, mashed potatoes, spinach, lemon juice and chili-garlic ginger paste so that they are uniformly mixed.
4. Soak the bread slices lightly in water, squeeze them to remove any additional water, tear into small pieces and mix it well. Alternately if using bread crumbs or cornflour add it to the poha-potato mixture and mix.
5. Add the turmeric, chili powder, garam masala, salt and cilantro and mix well.
6. Make small patties out of it and shallow fry them on a pan using as little oil as possible till they turn golden brown.
7. Alternately (and this idea struck me later on- i havent tried it out)- but health concsious people could bake the patties in the oven till they turn golden brown on both sides.
8. Remove and serve with ketchup or chutney.

Now, say you are tired of eating the Poha Tikkis you made the earlier day. What do you do? You make Poha Tikki Chaat. And all you need for that is

Some Minty yogurt chutney
Sweet Tamarind-Date chutney and
finely chopped onions

For the Minty yogurt chutney- And you can eat the plain poha tikkis with this chutney too.

2 green chilies
1/2 cup coriander-chopped
1/2 inch piece of ginger
6-8 mint leaves

1 cup yogurt- blended
salt to taste
1/3 tsp chaat masala

1. Put the chilies, coriander, ginger and mint leaves through a blender with as little water as possible to get a fine paste.
2. Add this to the blended yogurt.
3. Add salt and chaat masala and mix.

Now heat up the leftover poha tikkis (either in an oven or on a pan- or else they might turn soft), drizzle some minty yogurt chutney, date tamarind chutney and some chopped onions and dig in.

Comments 26 comments
Mansi said...

That's an indegenious idea Priyanka! kudos to your mom, and thanks for sharing this with us!:)

Uma said...

mmm. looks so delicious Priyanka! Nice way to use up leftover poha.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

U have a nice set of recipes. Poha tikkis looks so good. Nice idea of making it from the leftovers. YUM!

Maya said...

What a great idea to use the leftover poha Priyanka. Thanx for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

RedChillies said...

Very nice idea of using left over poha. My leftover languishes in the fridge for days and becomes hard. This is a good idea. Thanks to you and your Aayi.

Sangeeth said...

Very creative priyanka! leftovers is such a great idea.

Sujatha said...

My first time here, and you have a very nice collection.. Poha tikkis are very unique and creative!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet words..

LG said...

Interesting way of using left overs..who would deny tikkis and chutney :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

They defiitely are instant and they look like veg tikka not until you mention the fact that it has poha ;)

Tee said...

WOW! That is so creative and yummy! Moms are the greatest...they always know a way out :)

Tee said...

Oh btw, Loved the new blog look and now I can associate a face with your name :)

TBC said...

This space has a new look! Looks really good.:-)

That's a nice way to use leftover poha.

G.Pavani said...

ooh!it looks yummy and delicious...

Alka said...

Lovely tikkis....i love the idea to use up leftover poha..thnks for sharing!

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Usha said...

What a neat idea...looks lovely :-)

Sagari said...

great way to use leftovers priyanka

vandana rajesh said...

A wonderful idea. great cutlets. Nice and healthy.

Suma Rajesh said...

nice way to use leftover...lookign tempting nd great..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Leftover food is always proble. But recycling it a yummy way is something really nice. Thanks for sharing. Poha tikkis look awesome.

Simran said...

I love the idea of these tikkis. And the chutney is just perfect.

Lavi said...

poha tikki's looks so good..your template is so good priya!

Seena said...

Thats a nice recipe Priyanka, loved your blog..! :)

DEESHA said...

thatz a nice recipe .. great to use up those left overs

Sig said...

Great new look Priyanka, and good to see your picture!

Sia said...

love this new look of ur blog and also poha tikkies :)

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