A delicious snack to relish in the breakfast, as a tea snack or even as an appetiser. You’ll need soaked chana dal, onion, green chillies, ginger and a couple of spices to make these appetising and delicious tikkis. I have prepared them two ways, one is deep fried and the other one is baked. Though I definitely liked deep-fried over baked.
- Don’t worry about mixture being thin, once you shape the tikki and drop it in hot oil it’ll not break
- If you’re baking them then remember to flip after 20 mins. Also baking makes them a little dry as compared to the deep fried ones
- While grinding the dal don’t add too much water, add as little as possible
- Remember to serve them with Tzatziki Sauce or Mint-Coriander Chutney.
Course: Starters or Snacks
Time: Preparation – 25 mins, Deep-frying – 15 mins or Baking – 30 mins, Total – 40 or 55 mins.
Servings: makes about 10 medium size tikkis.
- Chana Dal – 1/2 cup (soak overnight)
- Rice Flour – 2 tbsp
- Onion – 1 large (finely chopped)
- Green Chilli – 2-3 (finely chopped)
- Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
- Ginger – 1/2 inch (finely chopped)
- Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
- Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp
- Water as needed
- Oil as needed to deep-fry or bake
- Salt to taste.
PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.
How to make Chana Dal Tikki:
- Thoroughly rinse soaked chana dal and drain the water completely. Add it to a grinding jar along with 1-2 tbsp water and grind it to a smooth paste, add more water if needed. It’s difficult to grind but be cautious not to add too much water
- Transfer the paste to a mixing bowl. Add rice flour, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt, green chilli, ginger, onion and coriander leaves. Mix well and keep aside for 10 mins
- Now make desired shape thin tikkis from it, mixture will be sticky but doable
- To deep fry:
- Heat oil in a deep pan or a kadai. Once oil is hot drop the tikki and fry both the sides until brown and crisp. Similarly do the rest
- To bake:
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminium foil for easy cleanup
- Place the tikkis and brush them with a little oil. Bake until crisp and golden, for about 30 mins. Flip after 20 mins and grease the other side as well with a little oil
- Your Chana Dal Tikkis are ready. Serve with some Tzatziki Sauce or Mint-Coriander Chutney.