Beetroot tikkit

How to make Amaranth Tikki

(Amaranth) Tikki has always been the aroma and sights of street food. People not love its crispy but also its crusty taste.

Who would have thought that Tikki can be nutritious and delicious at the same time as it is considered one of the most popular fast foods of India but Tikki made with amaranth seeds and stir-fried vegetables is sure to please our taste buds as it is crispy, crusty and deliciously good?

Amaranth, also known as ‘Rajgira’ or ‘Chaulai’ in North India.

Tikki made with amaranth seeds is not only good but is nutritious and healthy which is sweet, earthy, gluten-free grain, packed with protein power. It also has additional benefits of iron, calcium, protein, manganese, and fiber.

For more varities of tikki, check out our beetroot tikki and I assure you that it is delicious.

When served with famous imli chutney or chutney of your choice, it’s taste becomes heavenly. So, without any further due, let’s dig into the recipe of this delish and flavorsome dish.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Serving: 4

Ingredients for Amaranth Tikki:

  • 1 cup amaranth (chaulai) seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 Tbsp chilli powder
  • A pinch of amchoor powder
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala
  •  1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • Lots of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp oil to pan fry
  • Amaranth flour or breadcrumbs for dusting

Method of Preparation:

Cooking the amaranth seeds:

  • Use a heavy base, high pot to pop amaranth seeds and add a spoon full of amaranth seed to the hot wok, keep stirring and it starts to puff up immediately.
  • Once you see they start to pop, turn off the flame and keep stirring, then quickly transfer them to another clean bowl.

(Pro Tip: Roast amaranth seeds in tiny batches)

Cooking the amaranth tikki:

  • Firstly, in a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and masala and mix well using your hands. Do check the seasoning.
  • Secondly, make patties and coat them with amaranth flour or bread crumbs.
  • Now, immediately pan fry them on a good quality non-stick pan using 2 Tbsp oil until golden.
  • Finally, serve hot with chutney of your choice.

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