Ragada Pattice: with Radish, Potato, and Paneer

I think I'm really liking this work scene, where I come home to a special creation by Shankar. Today's menu featured a delicious radish, potato, and homemade paneer tikka in a savory peas and tomato sauce. The tikka's were large enough to be an entire meal on its own, and were just perfect smothered in the sauce with crisp minced red onion, fresh cilantro, and chaat masala powder. The following recipes make enough for 8 large tikkas. The leftover tikkas are going to be used in the switchup: 'radish-potato-paneer burgers' for tomorrow's lunch! We were at my parents place in Toronto over the weekend, indulging in FoodTV when we saw Jaimie Oliver sitting in his garden making beer battered pakodas. So we tried it with these tikkas, but to be honest there wasn't much difference in taste between the battered tikkas and the ones we left plain. The sauce or ragada should be a thin channa, but Shankar just used what we had on hand and substituted peas for chickpeas. You can get the recipe for homemade paneer on Savithri's Spot here.

Radish, Potato, and Paneer Tikka
3 cups of paneer, 2 small potatoes boiled and mashed, 1 cup of shredded daikon/radish, 1 bunch of chopped green onions, 1/2 large green chili minced, 1 handful of cilantro chopped, 1 tbsp of garam masala, 1 tbsp of dhania jeera powder, salt to taste, 1/2 tsp of turmeric

1/2 cup gram flour, enough beer or water to give it a smooth consistency that is not too watery, 1 tsp dried mint

1. Mix the ingredients for the batter together until no lumps form.
2. Mix the crumbled paneer, mashed potatoes, radish, and all the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
3. Take a 1/4 cup of the mixture at a time, roll into balls and flatten. We found flattening on a oiled board, and cutting out circles worked the best.
4. In a saucepan, heat some oil.
5. Dip the patties into the batter and fry them on both sides.
6. Alternatively you can batter them and bake them in the oven at 350 for about 25 minutes. Flip them and cook the other side for a few minutes. Ensure you have oiled the tray or sprayed it with cooking spray. Spray the battered patties as well.

Sauce - Ragada
1 large beefsteak tomato diced, 1 handful peas, 1/2 red onion diced, 1 tsp of chili powder, 1 tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp of channa masala, 1/2 tbsp garam masala, 1/2 tbsp dhania jeera powder, garlic (optional -- we didn't use it)

1. Saute the onions in oil.
2. Add the tomatoes and fry till the water separates.
3. Add the various powders, and peas and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Season with salt. Adjust the seasoning of the masala powders to your taste.

Verdict: Guaranteed to make anyone drool. Ok, I'm eating a plain tikka as a midnight snack right now. Seriously, you know when you open the fridge and you want something to snack on? Yeah, this is it. Make some, you'll see.

Here is the switchup: The most delicious homemade potato burger. Toasted buns spread with mint chutney and maggie masala chili sauce, layered with slices of onion, chopped cilantro and lettuce. You could add cheese to yours as well. This was SO amazing. I wish you all could be here to try some with me. Now get this, the patties Shankar made for our next day burger were all baked, and he used fat free milk for the paneer. This meal not only tasted good, it was also low fat, and low in calories. I also bought the lighter buns from the store. Can you believe it?!


Anonymous said...

I don't know whats better, the recipe or the pictures...hell, both are!
Good Job S!
Did you notice, Food Network in Canada is different than the one in US? I think so....

Happy Mother's day...and have a lovely weekend.

FH said...

Beautiful photos.Delicious cutlets.Wish I could have some right now. My compliments to the chef!;D
Have a fun weekend Kanchana.
Have fun with mom this Sunday:)

Latha said...

We love Ragda Pattice Kanchana! Your pictures look divine, I'm craving some right now :-)
I made my ragda with soaked peas (the dry Vatana variety). I just like the taste better with those than the chickpeas. Thats how we get it in Bangalore and I've just gone wiht all these years :-)
Boy, Shankar is perfect! A woman's beat friend :-)
I have a fren here - and her husband is Shankar too... just liek your shankar, wonderful cook, perfect husband! Must be in the name, i tell u :-)
Have a great weekend u guys!

bee said...

wow. i'm growing some radish. will try them when they are harvested. kanchana, are you on the food blog desam list? your posts don't show up.

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Bee -- I gotta get on that, haven't had the chance to set up RSS yet.

Trupti, Asha -- Thanks for the COMpliMENTS.

Latha -- Yes I do think Shankar is perfect too!

archana said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Kanchana.I wish to compliment S for creating such an innovative and yummy dish.
The presentation and the dish are looking awesome :)I liked your idea of combining the tikka with the ragada.Will try it some time .

Vini K said...

Wow,the pictures look soooooo appetising!I am drooling here, and it is only 7 AM in London as I type this!great work,Kanchana!Will definitely try this recipe..:)

Thanks for dropping by regularly to my blog,Kanch..have been a bit too busy these days to leave a comment on your blog..I have kept visiting though:)your pictures are very very attractive.Nice photography:)

Anonymous said...

How beautiful does that look! I love veggie tikkis of any kind! Add with ragda and you have the best chaat there is! Radish must give it a nice kick too. Beautiful pix, Kanchana.

VINI said...

totally mouthwatering...AWESOME presentation!!!

Sia said...

ha ha ha... so i am not alone when it comes to munching some snack at mid-night;) compliments to the chef and also to the photographer...excellent job done:)

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Roopa said...

wonderfull pictures and delicious tikkas.

USHA said...

Hi Kanchana,
Tikka alooks gr8...veg.burger:))

Nice presentation..

Mandira said...

wow, the tikkas look amazing. I'm craving some now!

Sharmi said...

hi K, lovely looking tikkas. yummy yum. the combination of radis, potato and paneer cracked me up!!

Anonymous said...

Fansatic Tikkas...they look great...great presentation....thanks for sharing...hmmmm

DEEPA said...

wow ..yummy and very very tasty ...excellent pics...we used to have this kind of tikki in mumbai ...it is quite famous there....thks for shairng

Prema Sundar said...

Its True kanchana one who the picture of ur ragda patties is sure to drool..... lovely presentation and a a good recipe. hope u guys had a great time in Toronto.

Bong Mom said...

Shankar is an amazing cook. The pics are delightful too, does he photograph too ?


iam vidya..jus happend to c ur blog.....i do all u r doing there....iam new to this so dont know how to go about creating my own blog...nice to try diff. recipes...i so very njoyed browsing ur blog..xcellent job....

Aparna said...

Hi Kanchana .. I am Lavanya (Buffalo) 's cousin... That's how I was introduced to your website.. Love all of your recipes.. Made this one today and it turned out pretty well too.. in my case though, the sauce turned out a little less for the amount of tikkas... so would need to make some more when we plan to eat in the evening.. :) Awesome food and keep blogging ..