Ragda patties is a very very popular street snack in Mumbai and many other parts of Northern India. Its chunky, spicy, tangy, sweet all at once and in short mouthwateringly irresistible like all other ‘chats’!
It is easy to assume that Street Food = Junk Food = Unhealthy Food.
However when the premise of a street food like Ragda Patties is a balanced meal made of Potatoes (Carbs) and Dried peas (Protein and Fibre) and tomato-onion salad (fibre and vitamins) one can make it even healthier at home !
What makes this unhealthy outside is the deep frying of the patties in god-knows-what oil and the number of times the oil is brought to high temperature to fry different batches in a day or over several days. This procedure of reheating oil several times, produces trans-fats. Eating food containing transfats is one of the biggest cardiac risks.
At home, I prepared these golden patties on a non stick tava with just 2 teaspoons of olive oil, in total (Honest!!) and I added grated tofu to the potato mix to make it richer in protein content. Tofu haters of the world – this one is for you. You wouldn’t even know that there was tofu in it thanks to the fresh flavours of mint, raw mango, ginger, garlic and green chillies that went into it.
This is how a street food with a notorious ‘unhealthy’ tag attached to it can turn extremely healthy and even wear the crown of ‘ health food’.
Here’s the recipe for you. This makes a hearty dinner for two or three.
Recipe: Potato-Tofu Patties with Ragda – Healthy Ragda Patties