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Monday, 24 September 2018

Falahari Kaddu Ki Tikki / Pumpkin Pattie / Navratri Fasting Recipe

Kaddu ki tikki is a healthy delicious vegetarian cutlet or pattie . Made with spiced pumpkin and potato mash , these pattie are coated with sesame seeds and shallow fried in ghee until they turn crisp and golden brown in color. Falahari means satvik food which can be had while you are fasting. The recipe to these crunchy tasty cutlets is very simple and requires only few basic ingredients. Whether you are fasting or not, they make up for a filling and nutritious snack and can be had with any dip of your choice. Here, since it is a Navratri fasting recipe, i have served it with Peanut Yogurt Dip.

Pumpkin is a highly nutrient dense food . It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. Pumpkin is versatile and can be used in a number of ways in cooking . It can be incorporated in our daily diet in the form of soups, curries, bakes, purees, and much more. Here in this pattie, boiled pumpkin and potato are mashed and mixed with spices , herbs and lemon juice. If not making for fast, chickpea flour or bread crumbs can be added to the spiced mash . Here i have used powdered barn yard millet. You may use amaranth flour or water chestnut flour for binding instead , if you wish. Small balls of the formed dough are flattened to form a pattie. Best part is that you can prepare the pattie before hand and refrigerate it. Finally coat it with white sesame seeds and shallow fry in ghee until it turns crunchy and golden brown in color.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8

  • 1 cup red pumpkin chunks (peeled and seeds discarded)
  • 2 medium size potatoes
  • 1/4 cup barnyard millet flour
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper 
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves. chopped
  • 1  teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • Rock salt to taste
  • Ghee for shallow frying the pattie
  1. Cook the pumpkin chunks and potato in a pressure cooker . I have taken pumpkin pieces in one container and the halved potatoes in another and placed one over the other in a pressure cooker and cooked for 2 whistles and simmer for another 5 minutes. We are looking for well cooked veggies that are soft and can be easily mashed.

2. Allow the veggies to cool down. Drain the pumpkin. Use the water if any in soups or dal. Peel the potatoes. Take the boiled potatoes and pumpkin in a mixing bowl and mash it with a potato masher.

3. Crush ginger, green chilies and cumin seeds together and add it to the mash along with freshly crushed black pepper, rock salt and Barnyard millet flour. Mix everything well. Add lemon juice and chopped coriander and combine the mix into a dough ball.

4. Divide the mix into 7-8 equal portions and roll each portion between the palms and flatten to make a pattie. Arrange all the pattie on a plate and refrigerate it for 10 minutes ( if you have time) so that the pattie hold the shape well and do not crumble while shallow frying.

5. Now take the white sesame seeds in a plate and press each pattie over it from both sides so that the seeds coat it. Now grease a skillet with ghee and heat it over medium flame. Place the pattie over it and driizzle more ghee and shallow fry until they turn golden brown. Flip them carefully and cook until they turn crisp from both sides.

 6. Serve the delicious kaddu ki tikki with Dahi Shengdana Chutney / Peanut Curd Dip or any other dip of your choice.

  Recipe Notes:
  • If not making for fast, chickpea flour or bread crumbs can be added to the spiced pumpkin and potato mash  to make the pattie.
  • You may use amaranth flour or water chestnut flour for binding instead of barnyard flour.
  • The tikki can be served with any dip of your choice.
  • Best part is that you can prepare the pattie before hand and refrigerate it until use. Just coat the pattie with sesame seeds and shallow fry until they turn crunchy and golden brown from both sides.
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  1. Loved reading the recipe and the fact you turned this into a delicious Fasting recipe with the flour and the potatoes. Would be a hit during Navratris for sure Poonam. Such a humble vegetable, yet stands out in various ways, isn't it?

    1. Absolutely agree with you Vidya ..Pumpkin I'd such a versatile vegetable with all the healthy goonesdg. I am glad you liked the post.

  2. With the upcoming fasting season, I am sure this recipe will be a super hit. the addition of useful pumpkin and its flavour is going to be so lingering, it may become a part of everyday menu

  3. I love the idea of using pumpkin in a tikki! This looks and sounds so flavourful. Super innovative! ♥️

  4. Wow Poonam tikki looks so delicious. Loved it. I can imagine the taste. I am sure it will be a hit during Navratri fasting days. Awesome share.

  5. Wow ! Pumpkin patties can be enjoyed during the fasting period as well. Fabulous share Poonam.

    1. Thank you di. Yes they make a perfect fasting food and keep you full .

  6. The fasting version of pumpkin patties sounds awesome dear...... Must be helpful for upcoming festivities !!!

  7. Ohhh yess...We both came with similar dish :)Loved urs..Crispy and delicious.

  8. Wow pumpkin in a tikki..love the idea. A perfect fasting dish too ..lovely share Poonam.

  9. This is such an interesting recipe, Poonam Bachhav! And seasonal too as the Navaratri fasts are only days away. I like the idea of using pumpkin instead of the standard potato, giving us yet another avatar of the tasty and versatile pumpkin.

  10. This is such an interesting tikki. Never would anyone think of pumpkin in tikki. Aweoxme!!

    1. Thank you di. Do give it a try, i am sure you will love it

  11. One more healthy dish to add to my collection of falahari dishes..must try it.

    1. Thank you di, do share you feedback with us , once you try it

  12. Absolutely gorgeous Tikkis! Yummy Poonam!