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Aloo Champs / Potato Cake Recipe

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It's been so long since I've had Aloo Champs, so I decided to make some. It's a tasty snack which is very filling as well.

aloo champs


  • 2 or 3 big potatoes
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp fried onions
  • 1 medium onion finely cubed
  • 1 tsp mint leaves finely chopped
  • 1 small green chilli finely chopped (optional)


Step 1

Peel the potatoes, wash, cube, and put in a recipient with a tight cover. Add double amount of water, some salt and let boil on medium-high fire. (Or you can put them in a pressure cooker with the skin on and take them out after 2-3 whistles)

medium rooster potatoes

peeled cut potatoes

boiling potatoes

How to check if potato is correct : After 15 minutes of boiling, take one cube on a plate and press with a fork. It should crush down easily. If not, let boil 5 mins more and test again and again after 5 minutes interval.

Also, we do not want the potato to be creamy. It should just be mash-able.

Step 2

Drain potato well, let it sit in a colander for like 5 mins untill all water is drained.

draining potatoes

Step 3

Put potato in a bowl, mash them with fork (dont wait for it to be cold to mash).

mashed potatoes

Step 4

Add the garam masala powder, fried onions (I always have them in fridge), cubed onion, chopped mint leaves, and chopped chilli (if you want)

chopped onions

fried onions in mashed potatoes

Step 5

Mix with your hand very well, making sure all the ingredients are evenly spread.

mashed potato mix

Step 6

Taste the mix and add some more salt if required (we already added salt in the potatoes while boiling but you can put more in at this stage). It shouldn't be too salty, because if you eat with chutney, the chutney will have salt in it...combining both in your mouth might be too salty.

Step 7

Check the taste of the garam masala too. It should be faintly nice, too much will make the mix bitter.

Step 8

Take a ball of the mixture, roll it between your palms to make a "gulab jamun" shape (long oval), then press both sides of the shape with your palm to flatten it. Roll the potato mix in grinded biscuit/bread crumbs.

raw aloo champs

potato in breadcrumbs

Step 9

Dip the potato mix in well beaten egg (you may add a little bit salt in the egg, but it's not required) and fry in medium-high fire for around 2-4 minutes. The mix is very soft, so be careful while you turn the aloo champ in oil.

frying potato mixture

Step 10

Remove on absorbing paper (kitchen towel). And eat??

ready aloo champs

Reminder : When you roll the mixture between your palms, compact the mixture firmly so that it doesn't break apart in the oil. That's why we don't want the potato mash to be creamy. Nor too raw either.


Special thanks to Khairah for this recipe. This was the first time I made Aloo Champs and it turned out quite nice. I didn't have garam masala, so I substituted with some cumin powder and coriander powder instead. I also didn't put any chilli in as I like to have it with crushed chilli (pima craze) on the side.

gices Published 06 Jun 2015
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Shani 22 Sep 2015

Thank you for sharing this recipe, this looks really delicious. One question though, it is normal potatoes you used or sweet? I guess normal but just asking coz the potatoes look red

Nivz 20 Jul 2015

Seems to be interesting and very delicious!
I've not understand the egg part in step 9.. The aloo must be dipped in the oil or in beaten eggs? If its eggs then how much should be added?

gices 20 Jul 2015

I used two large eggs for the recipe. So the aloo is dipped in the beaten eggs as this acts like a glue to hold the potato mix together.

Khairah 06 Jun 2015

OMG OMG OMG _ That's pretty awesome Gisssssssss :)
Im i m p r e s s e d !
'------> 8/10 for a first time :p

Tip 1:
When you make the oval part, roll it between your palms like you are rolling "dalgotni" so that the oval side becomes even, just like what we eat in dimsum, which we call "LONG" - boulette poisson.
Tip 2:
How to make garam masala: • 1 tbsp Cumin, 3 cloves, 4 cardamom and 1 big cinnamon stick. • Light-brown them in a non-oiled saucepan for around 2 minutes on medium-high fire by shaking the pan to move the ingredients. • Grind the mix into powder.
If you have powders of the above ingredients, you can take a lil bit of each powder, VERY lil bit... the whole to make like half of a teaspoon, then heat that mix in a saucepan and use it for the aloo champ.

Hope I didn't create confusion :|