Thursday, 4 February 2010

Ragada Patties

I realised one of my 'unknown-unknowns', thanks to my friendship with some hardcore veggies during my stay in the UK. They opened a window revealing the myriad chaats, bhajis, khichdis and sweets. I started cooking veggies/legumes which I earlier had no intention to even touch. One of the chaat/street foods that I got mesmerised with is 'Ragada Patties' - which also makes a balanced meal with the carb-protein combo. Since there is no deep frying involved, i find it healthy too. The recipe is from a Rajastani friend 'S', who's an encyclopedia of veg delicacies.

You will need...

For patties:
Potatoes - 6-7 
Green chillies - 2-3
Ginger - a little

Boil(take care not to over-boil, we need just cooked enough) and mash potatoes. Crush green chillies and ginger with a pestle and mortar and mix all the ingredients together with salt.  With greased hands take handfuls of mash, mould into round disk shaped patties and keep aside.

For Gravy:
White peas - 1/2 cup
Chick peas - 1/2 cup
Onions - 2 copped
Ginger - a li'l
Garlic - 5-6 cloves
Tomattoes - 2 pureed
Storebought tomatto puree - 2 tbsp extra concentrated
Chilli powder - 1-2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Channa masala - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves  for garnishing
Salt - to taste

Soak the white peas and chickpeas overnight and pressure cook. Grind onions, garlic and ginger together. In a thick bottomed pan heat oil and saute the ground mixture. When oil leaves to the sides add mashed potatoes and saute for few minutes. Add tomatto puree(both homemade and storebought), all the masala powders and salt and saute till oil seperates. Finally add cooked chickpeas and white peas along with some water and cook till gravy thickens. Garnish with coriander leaves.

To Serve:
Red onion - 1 chopped
Lime wedges - few
Tamarind Sauce(find recipe here) or Maggi Tamarina sauce
Green Sauce(find recipe here)(optional)
Coriander leaves - few chopped

Roast both sides of the patties on a hot tava/griddle smearing oil, until golden brown. Arrange two patties on a plate and pour the channa gravy on top. Granish with chopped onions, coriander leaves, sev, tamarind sauce, green sauce and lime wedge. If  serving for a big group or for parties, can arrange the patties, gravy and garnishes separately on the serving table and let the guests help themselves to suit their liking.

Can alternate the sev with crushed potato crisps. For me it tatses better than sev.
Can use youghurt as an accompaniment. 
Storebought tomatto puree is used to give more colour to the gravy.  You can avoid if you are not that keen on the colour.
Here we use chick peas and white peas. Can me made with just white peas which I feel way too plain.  
If you find the mash a bit unruly to mould into patties, add some breadcrumbs to make it firm.


  1. Chaat I just love it. Mouthwatering.. Too good.

  2. Mouthwatering!!!! feel like having it:) lovely click too:)

  3. Wow Already I am so hungry seeing this its making me more hungry as it is my fav one too. Looks tooooooooooooooo tempting.

  4. Looks fabulous. Should taste awesome.

  5. That is a fabulous looking dish! well done!

  6. I love chaat stuff... but never had this one! looks really great!

  7. wow..this is the third time I'm seeing ragda patties today...what shall I say other than awesome :-)

  8. wawwwwwww......fabulous presentation.....keep going dear.....

  9. lovely patties with pretty click...

  10. yummmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyy...looks so perfect...nice click, dear!

  11. Oki Cicily dear...I am drooling mouth is watering and I am hallucinating on this Chat...loved the way you have posted it...I bet it tasted the best!

  12. Wow...ragda patties...ohhhhhhhhmmmm, i am drooling and i want to have some now..looks so perfect and tempting

  13. Mouthwatering chat dear...never tried this at home,now i got the recipe...looks really YUMMMMM

  14. I consider chats as my sibling:-)I can just survive on these delicious mouth watering snacks...
    thanks for sharing the recipe..

    Great clicks as well...

  15. lovely patties and chat looks yumm!

  16. Heey cicily!... yummmy dish!!... excellent pic, I wish I could grab a piece from the pic:)!!..