We visited our friendly Chef Sandeep Das on his birthday to surprise him but he surprised us by serving this delicious Tikki.
The world we live in is full of surprises. Be it the discovery of a new solar system or be it the architectural mystery of Machu Picchu. But those are matters of study and time. For common man like us who are more familiar with our day to day surprises, we find happiness in little things in and around us. Our variety of astonishment ranges from a simple birthday gift to a delicious meal for dinner. Today’s story is just about both.
That day at the team meeting we were discussing possibility of a new regional section when one of our team members suggested we visit Sandeep, no not for a story but to surprise Sandeep, Chef Sandeep Das. Do you remember him? Come on, Chef Sandeep whose recipes you cherished so much. Now you remember? Muffler, Badortupi and Borodiner cake, yes that Sandeep.
Yes, yes I hear you well. Your question is what was the surprise isn’t it? Well it was his birthday on that day. So we did go there to surprise him, but he surprised us instead by serving a kebab. But that was not the surprise. When we came to know that the kebab was actually a tikki, trust me we were really surprised. I know they say looks are deceiving, but in this case even the taste was deceiving.
As we finished about three platters of the tikki Sandeep told us…
“As Malcolm Forbes said ‘Food may be essential as fuel for the body, but good food is fuel for the soul’ I add on to that and say healthy food is an essential part of today’s life.” he continued biting one of tikki from the platter “the Sweet Potato and Oats tikkis are one of our very favorite brunch options on a weekend as it is both healthy and tasty.”
“These are vegetarian you said?” we asked.
“Yes they are soft and deliciously moist tikkis made of sweet potatoes and some very healthy oats. They are a perfect snack option and make a very wholesome and nutritious meal” he replied.
“I think you can also make a meal out of these by using them as a burger patty isn’t it Sandeep?” I asked.
“Of course you can, you see sweet potatoes are starchy and slightly sweet tasting root vegetables that are highly nutritious. The orange and purple varieties in particular are rich in antioxidants and hence helpful in fighting cancer, heart diseases and aging” informed Sandeep.
“Why don’t you share the recipe?” suggested Topashish.
Sandeep was excited and said “Sure note it down. The Ingredients are ….”
4 boiled & peeled sweet potatoes (well mashed)
1/2 cup coarsely powdered toasted oats
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves/ cilantro
1 tbsp grated ginger
1-2 green chilies finely chopped
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp chaat masala (optional)
Salt to taste
1 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp oil for pan-frying
“..and now the method of cooking. First you combine everything except the oil with gentle hands” he continued “You divide the mixture into equal spherical portions and shape them into patties/tikkis (oil your palms a bit before you do).”
“Okay than what?” we asked.
“Take a cast iron pan, heat the oil and pan-fry these on low to medium flame until light golden brown on both sides. Do not leave them on the pan for too long else they’ll brown/ burn quite fast.” Said Sandeep
“Is that it?” we enquired.
“Yes only thing left is to enjoy them hot with a chutney/ sauce of your choice.”
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Sandeep is a food enthusiast. His passion for cooking encouraged him to become a chef. A graduate from IHM, Guwahati, Sandeep is a winner of numerous cooking competitions and founder of foodlovers332 page on Facebook and Instagram and a Food columnist on different newspaper- magazines.