Chappa is very similar to aloo tikki with the difference that we have a channa dal stuffing. We serve this as a snack and use the same patties for ragda patties too. Mama made the dough and stuffing while I shaped them and fried them. We deep fried them and then before serving just heated them on the tawa. You can just shallow fry them, cook them on the tawa like aloo tikkis or just bake them.


2 cups boiled channa dhal
1 tbsp oil
1/2 inch ginger, minced
2 tsp green chillies finely chopped
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp jeera powder
1/4 tsp aamchur or fresh lime
garam masala a pinch or more to your liking
salt to taste


  1. Heat oil.
  2. Add the ginger, green chilies and masalas and fry them slightly.
  3. Add the channa dhal and mash it lightly.
  4. Mix well. Adjust seasonings.
  5. Keep aside.

For the dough:


1/2 kg. potatoes(1 lb.)
4 slices bread
2 tsp.minced green chillies
2 tsp. chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp. mint leaves
1tsp.jeeri or jeera
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
oil for frying

  1. Boil, peel and mash potatoes.
  2. Soak the bread slices in water for 5 mins.squeeze out the water and crumble over potatoes.
  3. Add salt and herbs,jeeri and 1 tsp oil.
  4. Knead well to form a soft dough.
  5. Divide into 12 balls.
  6. Smooth the balls and your hands with little oil.
  7. Take one ball in your hand and flatten it into a circle with your hand.
  8. Place about 2 tsps of filling in the centre.
  9. Seal the edges of the potato dough and pat well with hand into a patty.
  10. Deep fry in hot oil till golden brown.

Mama's Notes
  • If necessary,dip in egg, roll in breadcrumbs and deep fry tikkis for a crisper top.
  • Instead of channa dhal, you can stuff tikkis with 2 cups shelled,boiled peas(slightly mashed), or 2 cups cooked minced meat or chicken.

2nd day of the Marathon

Here are what other members cooked today.

  1. DK
  2. Siri
  3. Srivalli
  4. Ranji
  5. PJ
  6. Curry Leaf
  7. Priya
  8. Bhawana
  9. Raaji
  10. Ruchii
  11. Anu
  12. Kamala
  13. Roopa
  14. Divya Kudua
  15. Rekha
  16. Divya M
  17. Lakshmi
  18. Raaga
  19. Lakshmi Venkatesh
  20. Sripriya
  21. Viji
  22. Kamalika
  23. Pavani


Divya Vikram said...

I would prefer the shallow fried version.Looks perfectly shaped Medhaa..

Uma said...

Wow, these look great. Perfect shapes.

BTW, you forgot to collect your treat from here:

Cham said...

They just look perfect evening snack!

Arundathi said...

perfectly shaped. good to be running with you!

rekhas kitchen said...

wow so tempting good shape too

srikars kitchen said...

looks perfect.. thxs for sharing...

Srivalli said...

Medhaa..thats really yummy ones...nice circle ones!

PJ said...

What a lovely snack!!thanks for sharing

lakshmi said...

how interesting - i like the idea of the peas stuffed version.

Bhawana said...

kya bat hai di :). Lovely pic and recipe. U have given me that so I will also making it and posting in this month. may be in the last week:).

raaji said...

love to do shallow fry instead of deep-fry.....thats more healthy......

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely and i like them shallow fried,.Perfect shapes and nice presentation

Madhu said...

Nice recipe Mehdhaa, adding channadal is very neat thing. looks good and healthy.

Priya said...

Prefect shape...good evening snack!!!

Roopa said...

Hey that looks too good:) Ver nice snack during this cool weather:) Never made these patties before, I hade made aloo tikki once, but adding channa is new to me. Will try sometime:)

Siri said...

A perfect evening snack I must say Medhaa.:) Using channa dal is so new to me!!


kamala said...

Perfect evening snack Medha..

Kalai said...

Perfectly round and delicious! Nice one, Medhaa! :)

Divya Kudua said...

Looks great Medha..its fun when you have your mom's company for cooking,isn't it?Shall try out the shallow fry version!!

Anonymous said...

Oh yum I have to make these, they look very similar to something my friends mam used to make for us.

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