Mogo Tikki -Cassava Croquette- by Leena: An unsung Superstar Tikki

 Leena is a friend and life saver. I have known her for over six years now. From my days of being a student at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), paper submissions, endless night readings to the birth of my child, she has been with us thick and thin. Our weekends are better because of her Aloo paratha, her animated conversation, and endless suggestion of how to keep the home clean and tidy. Her knowledge of which product is sale in Wilkinson to where is the best place to shop cloths are as wide as her culinary skill.  Her recipes are also very different from a Bengali kitchen which attracts me a lot as I get to eat very unusual, unsung Gujrati home cuisine.  
Here is one of Leena’s best dishes that I have had: Mogo Tikki (Cassava Tikki)
What is Mogo or Cassava: From Wiki “The cassava root is long and tapered, with a firm, homogeneous flesh encased in a detachable rind, about 1 mm thick, rough and brown on the outside. Commercial varieties can be 5 to 10 cm (2.0 to 3.9 in) in diameter at the top, and around 15 to 30 cm (5.9 to 11.8 in) long. A woody vascular bundle runs along the root’s axis. The flesh can be chalk-white or yellowish. Cassava roots are very rich in starch and contain significant amounts of calcium (50 mg/100g), phosphorus (40 mg/100g) and vitamin C (25 mg/100g). However, they are poor in protein and other nutrients.”
The Mogo picture attached is not my photo. I have taken it from Wiki
Makes: 10 depending on size of the tikka number can vary
Time: 1 hours including preparation
Level: very easy  
500gm cassava or Mogo
500gm yoghurt
2/3table spoon lime/lemon juice
1 bunch fresh coriander
3 Green chill (or more if you like it hot)  
1inch ginger’s paste
1 onion diced into small pieces
Salt and paper as per taste
2 teaspoon chat masala
Sev for garnishing
Tomato garnishing
Oil for frying the tikka
4/5 tablespoon Corn flower
Ingredients for coriander Chutney
1 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 green chili
1 or 2 tsp lemon juice
½ sugar (optional)
Black salt or rock salt or sea salt as required
Ingredients for Dates and Tamarind Chutney
½ cup Tamarind
½ cup seedless dates
½ jaggary
½ teaspoon coriander powder
½ cumin powder
½ red chilli powder (optional)
Black salt or rock salt or sea salt as required
Method :
1  1  Cut and clean  the Mogo in to small pieces and boil
2.      Meanwhile take all the ingredient for coriander chutney in a blender and mix it well. Keep aside. The consistency will be thick liquid
3.       Take all the ingredient for Date and tamarind chutney in blender and mix well. It will be liquid  in consistency
4.      Now the Mogo should be boiled. Mash them like potato
5.      Add salt, paper, ginger paste, green chilli, lime/lemon  juice, chat masala and mix well with the mashed Mogo
6.      Divide the mixture into small or medium shaped patties. Rub corn flower on both the sides of the tikki
7.      Heat oil in a tava or a shallow frying pan. Gently place the Mogo tikki and pan fry them. You can also deep fry them
8.      When one side of tikki becomes golden and crisp, turn over and fry the other side of tikki.
9.      Gently flip for a couple of times till the mogo tikki are golden and crisp evenly.
10.   Once done, then drain the Mogo  tikki on paper towels to remove excess oil.
11.    Arrange the tikka in a shallow deep plate
12.   Mix the yogurt with little water/milk  and pour over the arranged tikkis and let it soak for 5 mins
13.   Pour the coriander chutney and date tamarind chutney over the youghurt soaked tikkis
14.   Garnish with tomato, diced onion, fresh chopped coriander, sev and chat masala
15.   What are you waiting for? Dive in 
Mogo Tikki -Cassava Croquette- by Leena: An unsung Superstar Tikki
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Mogo Tikki -Cassava Croquette- by Leena: An unsung Superstar Tikki
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