Dimer alur chop – Bangladeshi potato and egg croquettes

Dimer Aloo Chop – Potato and Egg Croquettes

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Growing up, aloo chops or potato croquettes were always on our teatime table - a quintessential Bangladeshi nasta, or snack item. Sometimes the golden, crispy exterior encased a simple spiced potato mixture, sometimes the potato revealed minced lamb or fish and, quite often, a wedge of hard-boiled egg. The egg version is in my opinion the most versatile and perfect as a light bite.

The coating mixture is a little different here with the addition of rich tea biscuits – something I learned from my aunt, who’d picked up the tip from a visit to Bangladesh. You really don’t taste any sweetness but rich tea biscuits do add a deliciously smooth shell in terms of texture. Serve your aloo chops with ketchup or a chilli dipping sauce as a starter, or for afternoon tea the Bangladeshi way – with a cup of spiced dhood cha (spiced milk tea).

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Peel and chop the potatoes into large chunks and place in a saucepan along with the 3 eggs. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil, then simmer on medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Check on the potatoes and make sure they are cooked through by piercing with a fork. Continue to cook a couple of extra minutes if the potatoes aren’t cooked through
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Take off the heat, rinse with cold water and drain in a colander. Remove the potato chunks and transfer to a mixing bowl and mash thoroughly
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Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the panch phoron. Stir for 5 seconds until the spices pop, then add the garlic and onions. Stir in the salt, pepper and the green chillies. Sauté until the onions are soft and translucent – around 3 minutes
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Add the ground spices and cook for a minute, then add the mashed potato. Mix everything together until well combined and add the chopped coriander. Check the seasoning at this point and adjust if necessary. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow to cool for 10–15 minutes
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While the potato mixture is cooling, peel the hardboiled eggs. Quarter them lengthways so that you have four equal wedges for each egg. Set aside
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Prepare the coating mixture by blitzing the biscuits in a food processor until you have fine crumbs, then transfer to a deep dish. Mix in the breadcrumbs and set aside
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Next, whisk the eggs in a bowl. Place the flour on a separate plate and line these all up ready to begin to assembling your aloo chops
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To make the aloo chops, divide your mixture into 12 even portions. Roll each into an oval shape and make a hollow in the centre. Add a wedge of hard-boiled egg and close up with the mixture, making sure the egg is fully covered, then gently form into a barrel shape. Place on a baking sheet and continue preparing the rest of the croquettes
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Roll each aloo chop in flour, shake off any excess and dip into the egg, ensuring you have coated it all over, then roll in the biscuit and breadcrumb mix
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Heat the oil in a wok or karai over a medium-high heat – you want it to be about 7cm in depth. Fry the aloo chop in batches, turning once or twice, for 2–3 minutes, until golden all over. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil and drain on kitchen paper. Serve hot, with lime wedges and chilli sauce
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