Hearty Oatmeal Tikkis

hearty oatmeal tikkis copyTikkis are quintessential to Indian street food culture. Specially in North India (regions like Delhi), a typical street food shop would always have Tikki preparations on their menu. Tasty, usually deep fried and crunchy to core, tikkis are simply irrestible ! DSB takes a relook at the concept of tikkis and makes a much healthier yet equally tasty and appealing option which would make this treat a โ€œguilt freeโ€ indulgence. This recipe is also the part of Virtual Vegan Potluck 2014.

This recipe is my contribution to the Virtual Vegan Potluck. I had participated in this event last year as well and it was lovely to be a part of the virtual feast of vegan friendly dishes. Just like last year, i am bringing another Indian classical dish with a hearty reinterpretation and hope that it finds a place,both on your dinnertable and your hearts ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are interested in checking out my entry from the previous year, it was Jaipuri Onion Kachori (find the entry here)

โ€œTikkiโ€ is hindi for croquettes or cutlets. Usually Indian Tikkis are vegetarian but sometimes meats are added too, the most common being spiced potato tikkis. My childhood memories include devouring plates of pipping hot Potato tikki adorned with copious amounts of various chutneys and spiced yoghurt dip. As picturesque as it looked, the feel,textures and taste would leave a long lasting impression on anyone who gave this amazing dish a try. Cold and soothing yoghurt dip compliments the hot and spicy potato tikkis and makes it a winning combination.

Now time for some confession โ€“ I have always loved tikkis but the thought of deep frying these potato bites gives me a major calorie guilt and hence potato tikkis have become a rare and occasional treat for us. This actually became a source of inspiration for me and i thought of re-looking at it.

Oats, as we all know is probably โ€œworldโ€™s healthiest foodโ€ย  and has gained such popularity across the globe. We all enjoy nutritious bowls of oatmeal in our breakfast โ€“ so yummy, healthy and filling. Lately i have been making savory versions of oats in forms of Oatmeal poha, savory porridge or oat idlis. This one time, i made some oatmeal poha for breakfast but we did not finish the portions and it ended up in my refrigerator, taking up my precious space. Now there was this dilemma โ€“ wanted to finish the portion to empty my refrigerator space but was not interested in having the same meal againโ€ฆ what comes next ? Innovation off course ๐Ÿ™‚

Good things usually happen by chance ! I added some more boiled potatoes to my ready made oatmeal poha to create the binding, shaped them into tikkis and just pan fried. It tasted so great. Crunchy and full of flavours, i had found myself a great option. Next time i made it from scratch and it took me less than half an hour to prepare, isโ€™nt that great !

So here it is folks !! For people like me who like to have home made Indian food while reinventing techniques and finding newer ways to make things โ€œnutritiously funโ€ , one more recipe gets added to the cart ! Enjoy these Oats tikkis guilt free and spread the joy around !

Hearty Oatmeal Tikkis

  • Servings: 4-6
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For Tikki mixture

  • 2 cups instant rolled oats (can use steel cut or old fashioned or any so far they are instant)
  • 2 large potatoes โ€“ boiled and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup peas โ€“ boiled
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1 zucchini โ€“ grated
  • 1/2 cup corn kernel
  • 50 gms tofu/ paneer/ cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp fresh coriander โ€“ finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli โ€“ finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh mint โ€“ finely chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala (optional)

For Pan frying

  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons canola/vegetable oil

For Garnishing


  1. Take a bowl. Pour in the rolled oats. To this, sprinkle about 3-4 tablespoons of water and mix well with a spoon. Here also add 1 tablespoon of oil and combine. The oats will start to come together. If u wish, you can microwave this for about 45 seconds.
  2. Now, add in all the ingredients for tikki mixture and combine using gentle hands. I prefer using hands to mix at this stage to ensure even mixing of ingredients.
  3. The oats tikkis are now ready to be pan fried. At this stage, you can either deep fry these tikkis or pan fry on the griddle using very little oil. I prefer pan frying.
  4. For Pan frying, we will start with preparing a corn starch batter. For this, mix the corn starch with water and mix well so that there are no lumps. Take out the bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Now, taking one tikki at a time, coat both sides with the corn starch batter (i usually just dip the tikkis in the batter and lift using a fork) and then coat in bread crumbs evenly. Arrange on a plate. Repeat with all the oats tikkis
  5. Now, take a frying pan/griddle and put 1 tablespoon oil on it to heat. Once the pan heats up, place 4-5 tikkis at a time (depending on the size of the pan) and roast on both sides till golden brown. Hearty Oatmeal Tikkis are ready . If u donโ€™t have the bread crumbs, you can simply avoid step 4 and continue.

OMG !! I love these tikkis ! They are so healthy and so so delicious. Me and my husband went crazy with these over lunch. I served these with mint-coriander chutney (recipe here), vinegar onions and some tzatziki (recipe here) and it was awesome. These tikkis were sumptuous and really filling. I found this as a neat idea for tiffins and outdoor picnic lunches. I even tried them as patty for burgers and in replacement of falafels for my greek pita pockets ! It is so versatile , i love it !

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  2. Yum! I love that you use oats in here!

    Your links are all working, but you need to change where it says ‘Or go back to the beginning at Vegan Bloggers Unite’ as Vegan Bloggers Unite is not part of the Potluck this year.

    Poppy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I think I must make these very soon! Thank you so much for sharing them at the Potluck!

  4. Parsley In My Teeth

    Can’t wait to try these. They looks delicious!

  5. Wow, these look really delicious!

  6. Prachi, these look amazing! As does the rest of your blog. My husband and I LOVE Indian foodโ€ฆ I’ll be following you and look forward to checking out more of your recipes. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. These look so delicious. Deep fried snacks like these also remind me of my childhood street foods. I now try to recreate a healthier versions of them. I will try your recipe.

    • Thanks Teenuja ! Aah the childhood is such a fascinating time… one can eat guilt free… and now we watch calories all the time.. Glad that we find ways to enjoy such delicacies in a healthier version too.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by

  8. delicious Tikkis.. I also love Tikkis it such a versatile snack

  9. It looks v delicious n healthy too..can we do preparation a night before n then make in d mrng for breakfast?

    • Hi vaishali,
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Yes u can definitely make the preparation ahead of time, make the tikki shape and keep it in the fridge for using the next morning or even freeze a batch to use much much later.
      I personally have used both methods and they work just fine. Keep them in airtight storage.
      If u want to freeze a week’s worth of quantity, that’s fine too. Just take out the number of tikkis u will consume in a meal, defrost in microwave or thaw them and then pan fry when required.

  10. Hey thanks Prachi for detailed clarification..Happy Cooking ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Looks positively delicious, Prachi, thank you for the recipe!

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  13. They look delicious, perfect for snacking on ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I have always wanted to try this….Looks fabulous!!! Never knew you are in WP Prachi…just started to follow you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. These looks delicious !

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