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Aloo Tikki - 1
Aloo tikki is one of the most popular of a group of hot and spicy snacks that are collectively known as 'chaat’ in India. You can see the ‘chaat wallah’s’ or street hawkers, on the pavements of any busy shopping street on most evenings. They fry their fresh aloo tikkies on a hot griddle on a portable charcoal cooker known as 'angeethi'. The wonderfully tempting aroma pulls hungry shoppers from far and wide. You can often see a queue of customers waiting patiently for their turn. If a chaat walla is any good, people travel fair distances to eat his ‘chaat’.
The word chaat comes from a Hindi word ‘chaatna’, that mean ‘to lick’. The chaat dishes are so good that people lick their plates, traditionally made of leaves held together with small sticks or twigs, used like paper pins, clean. Even now, ‘chaat plates and bowls’ are sometimes made from pressed Bunyan leaves. Banana leaves are also used for this purpose in some parts of India. These days however, most chaat walla’s use disposable paper plates and bowl. Makes 10-12.
Edited July 2012
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