Monday, May 23, 2011

Ragda Patties for Blogging Marathon #5

I can't believe that I've wasted all these years of life without making this. I can't stop raving about how lip smackingly and tongue tinglingly good it was. What am I talking about??? Ragda patties, of course. A famous street food from Mumbai, I have eaten this at restaurants (the best being at Kailash Parbat, Chennai), but never knew that it is so easy to make at home. Ever since I read Nupur's post( back), this has been on the back of my mind. I have made absolutely no changes to her recipe and I am glad I didn't because, in Nupur's words, this truly is an explosion of flavours.....and I couldn't have done anything to make it better.

What you need:
For the patties:
Potatoes - 4 medium sized, boiled, peeled and mashed well
Bread - 4 slices
Salt - to taste
(Please resist the temptation to add green chillies/corriander/garam masala to this.)

For the ragda:
White peas - 1 cup, soaked in plenty of water overnight
Onion - 1 medium sized, chopped fine
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tamarind extract- from a small gooseberry sized pieced soaked in just enough water to cover it.
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Corriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Jaggery - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste

For the garnish:
Onion - 1, chopped fine
Corriander leaves - chopped fine
Tamarind chutney

To make patties:
Dip the bread in water. Squeeze out all the water and add it to the mashed potatoes. Add salt. Mix well and shape into patties. Shallow fry on a tawa drizzling a little oil over the patties until well browned on both sides.

To make ragda:
Cook peas with plenty of water in a pressure cooker.
Heat some oil in a pan. Add the chopped onions and fry on a low flame till well browned. Add ginger garlic paste and mix well. Stir in all the powders and fry for a minute. Now add cooked peas, 2 cups of water, tamarind extract, salt and jaggery. Cover and let it simmer on a low flame for 15-20 minutes or until the gravy thickens.

Putting it all together:
Arrange two patties on a plate.
Pour a generous helping of ragda over it.
Top with chopped onion, corriander leaves, sev and tamarind chutney.
Dig in!!!

The ragda tastes great by itself and can be served as a curry with puri/roti. As it can be made within 30 minutes, this is my first post for Blogging Marathon #5 themed on Curry in a hurry under 30 minutes.
I must give a shout out here for the Fun Foods brand of Imli Sauce (which I bought at Nilgiris). It has just the right balance of tanginess, sweetness and spiciness and kicked up the taste a notch.

Check out the Blogging Marathoners doing BM#5 along with me  Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Aarthi, Divya, Me, Jayasree, Kaveri, Pavani,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets:Gayathri, Priya Suresh,
Seven Days of Microwave Meals: Monika,
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Cool Lassi(e), Harini, Vaishali, Suma
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Kalyani
Summer Coolers: Kamalika, Srivalli


Indian Khana said...

Yum ..I love this ...

Unknown said...

I just want to run to kailas parbat and eat this have tempted me enough lazyto make it on my own..looks yumm..

Priya Suresh said...

Seriously am drooling over that wonderful platter, makes me hungry..

lata raja said...

Aah tell me about tweaking recipes so much that they lose semblence to the original...i mean I would have been tempted to add spice to the patties and all those you mentioned NOT to!
The patties and the ragada are invitingly delicious!
Thank you for pointing out also that the rawa idli batter can be allowed to mature for a few hours unlike making it in haste. Have edited my post there with your comment. I am sure to try the same sometime soon!

Divya said...

im a big fan of this patties.... looks yummy.... love to taste it...

Unknown said...

Hmm...Very testy patties...

Aarthi said...

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Pavani said...

Ragda patties has been on my to-make list for a looooong time too. Yours looks delicious. I'll have to make it soon.

Finla said...

Wish i had them, selish.

Monika said...

oh god how droolworthy they look

Harini said...

Never say no to this !! I agree about not adding any masala to the pattice.

Suma Gandlur said...


Reshmi Mahesh said...

Oh made me hungry...its just superb..

jayasree said...

Just reading through your post, make my mouth water. I think I will make this at the earliest.

Vimitha Durai said...

Patties look so crispy and yum...

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Love this dish...Has been a long time since I had this...would love to try your version

KrithisKitchen said...

Superb dish.. makes me hungry.. yum yummm...
Event: Serve It-Chilled

MySpicyKitchen said...

Love ragda patties and this use to be my order at street side stall near my college, along with pain puri.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Looks so inviting..

Aarthi said...

I have written about that story now..check that dear..

A Kamalika Krishmy said...

Can I have a plate of that please