Quinoa Potato Cakes (Quinoa Aloo Tikkis)

Quinoa is one of my most favorite grains to cook with these days.I love the fact that it can be cooked on its own or combined with other products to create a variety of dishes!My recipe today is an Appetizer/Snack or even Breakfast combining Quinoa and Potatoes.If you’re familiar with Indian Foods you must have heard of Aloo Tikkis that are these yummy potato cakes made with Indian Spices!If you’ve been to Delhi,you must have come across lots of street stalls selling Aloo Tikkis,Chaats,Chole, Pani Puri to name a few, cooked right in front of your eyes!The Street foods in India are to die for and just writing about them makes my mouth water :) In an attempt to quench my insatiable appetite for Delhi Street Foods, I came up with this recipe that’s both healthy and delicious!!

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The process involves boiling the potatoes and cooking the Quinoa.Once they’re cooked I mix them with some Indian Spices readily available at your grocery stores and pan fry the ready patties with a little oil until they’re all nice and golden!If you’re looking for a great Quinoa recipe that’s a tad different from the usual but packed with flavor, then this is for you.It tastes just like a Aloo Tikki, but is healthier and has a nice texture!

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Quinoa Potato Cakes (Quinoa Aloo Tikkis)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves 4

Healthy and Delicious Quinoa Potato Cakes/Tikkis for a great Appetizer, snack or breakfast!


  • Quinoa (Cooked)-1 cup
  • Potatoes large-2 (boiled)
  • Fresh Crushed Ginger-1/2 inch
  • Ground Cumin-1 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp
  • Fresh Coriander-1/2 cup
  • Jalapeños (green chillies)-2 chopped
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-to pan fry


  1. Cook the Quinoa according to the instructions.
  2. Boil the potatoes until tender.Drain and allow to cool and mash.
  3. In a deep bottomed vessel, add the Quinoa, mashed potatoes,ginger, cumin, garam masala,japalenos,coriander and salt.Check the seasonings.
  4. Made round patties with the mixture.
  5. In a skillet heat about 2 tbsp of oil on medium heat and place the patties.Let it develop a golden color on one side before flipping over and repeat the process for the other side as well.
  6. Arrange on a platter with some salad of your choice and some sauce or chutney!
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  1. prachi says

    Hi Soni your cutlets look awesome. My family loves quinoa and I will definitely try them. I generally avoid potatoes these days,Can you suggest some other option for potatoes.?

  2. says

    These were just as good as I was hoping, and so easy to make. I shared a link to your blog on my blog, and I hope you don’t mind that I shared one of your pictures to show how yummy they looked (because I was too busy eating mine before I remembered to take a pic).

    Thanks again for sharing this awesome recipe.
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  3. Nancy S. Wacker says

    Do you think sweet potatoes would work instead of white potatoes? Looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Soni says

      Hi Nancy,
      I haven’t tried it with sweet potato but I’m thinking why not! Sweet potatoes would give these a different texture and I’m sure will taste delicious :) I’ve used white potatoes here since I was trying to recreate the “Aloo Tikkis” from Delhi!Please let me know how they turn out! Thanks!

  4. says

    Your patties are an excellent idea! What a healthy dish, I don’t know why I have never come across those before. Love the ingredients, maybe I d even add some crushed Garlic because I go crazy for garlic and its healthy. Cheers Soni!

  5. Soni says

    Like I’ve clearly mentioned in my instructions you will need 1 Cup of ‘Cooked Quinoa’.Please note that measurements are always standard i.e produce found at your local grocery store.Not everybody has access to a ‘Costco’ everywhere!You could use a cup and a half of mashed potatoes apprx for this recipe.Hope that helps.

  6. annie says

    This looks delicious but I have some questions. Do you measure the quinoa BEFORE or AFTER you cook it? I assume it swells up like most grains?

    Also, about how big is a “big” potato in your book? I mean, a “big potato” from Costco is a far cry from the “big potatoes” I grow at home and still different from a regular grocery store “big” potato. Those Costco potatoes could each feed a family. Maybe more helpful (and easier) would be an estimate of how much mashed potato you ended up with?

  7. says

    Quinoa became my favorite grain 5 years ago when I became gluten free. I haven’t made potato patties using quinoa because no one in my home really like potatoes but I have used quinoa for burger patties. I can tell it would taste wonderful in potato patties as well because I like tikkis with sweet and sour chutney. I will make some for myself.
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  8. says

    OK, I am SO making these soon! I have an abundance of potatoes and quinoa in my household. We too are on a huge quinoa kick these days and it seems we’re using it more and more in place of rice to help keep our meals more low-calorie and low-carb! This sounds delicious and an excellent twist on one of my personal favorite Indian street foods!

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