Farali Pattice

Farali Pattice is street food from Mumbai, India’s largest commercial city. It is often consumed when fasts are observed and only specific kinds of food are eaten. This is normally a breakfast dish, but I like it as a tea-time snack. In the Mumbai street food version, it is deep-fried. But it need not be so. It is lip-smackingly delicious when it is air-fried. Do try it. Every time I have served it to guests, it has been a superhit!

To Be Mixed Together Into A Stuffing

5 tbsp freshly grated coconut
3 tbsp roasted and coarsely ground peanuts
3 tbsp coriander leaves (dhania, kothamalli), chopped
1 1/2 tsp raisins, chopped
1 1/2 tsp cashew nuts, chopped
1 tbsp ginger-green chilli paste
1 1/2 tbsp date paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
To Be Mixed Into A Potato Mixture
1 3/4 cups boiled and mashed potatoes
3 tbsp arrowroot flour
A pinch of salt
Divide the potato mixture and the stuffing into 8 equal portions each
Flatten one portion of the potato mixture into a circle, about 3″ in diameter
Place a portion of the stuffing in the centre and fold the edges to make a ball
Set aside
Repeat for the remaining potato mixture and stuffing
Roll each ball in the arrowroot flour till it is evenly coated
Transfer the balls to a steamer and steam for 2 minutes
Transfer to the air fryer and ‘fry’ at 200°C for 10 minutes
Remove to a serving bowl and serve with a spicy green chutney and sweetened yogurt

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