A - Agre ka Bhalla -street food from Agra, UP

 

Agra ka Bhalla is a crisp  tikki chat from Arga. The tikki is stuffed and fried till crisp. It is then laced with beaten curd and chutneys. Ah ! the name Agra ka Bhalla ! The name is very deceptive as Bhalla is another name for Dahi Wada , so the first time I saw Agra ka Bhalla , I was expecting a different kind of Dahi Wada , but to my surprise it was a Tikki Chaat .This Bhalla is very popular among the spread at weddings here and while on our trip to Agra during our BM #75 meet I was hoping to relish this . Unfortunately we reached Agra at midnight and could not Explore the Flavors of evening street food . We  just enjoyed the breakfast there.

Today’s version is based on what I have had at weddings here , plus from what my niece living in Agra explained me . The Tikki is stuffed with moong daal and then fried on a big griddle , once crisp it is served with yogurt , sweet tamarind chutney and mint chutney . Yellow chilly powder , red chilly powder and chaat masala are a must . This is then garnished with grated radish , coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds .

The chat is undoubtedly very delicious , and a crisp Tikki , a mildly sweet yogurt take the chat to another level . We have many more versions of Tikkis which could be served as chats but nothing to beat this Agra ka Bhalla .

 Agre ka Bhalla -street food from Agra, UP  Agre ka Bhalla -street food from Agra, UP

Agra ka Bhalla

Ingredients

Tikkis

500 gms potatoes , boiled , peeled and mashed
2 tsp cornflour
Salt to taste

Stuffing

1 cup yellow moong daal
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp cuminseeds
Pinch asafoetida
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp dry mango powder
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves
Mint leaves

Accompaniments

Sweet Tamarind Chutney
Spicy Green Chutney
Fresh whipped curd
Grated radish
Pomegranate pearls
Coriander leaves

Spices

Red chilly powder
Yellow chilly powder
Black salt
Chat masala
Salt

Method

Tikkis

Peel and mash the boiled potatoes .Make sure the potatoes do not have any lumps .
Add salt and cornflour .
Mix well and divide into even sized little larger than lemon sized balls .

Stuffing

Wash and the moong daal for an hour.
Heat oil in a pan .
Add cuminseeds and asafoetida .
Add the soaked daal .
Sauté for a minute , add turmeric powder , salt and just enough water for the daal to cook .
We want each grain to be separate.
Once the daal is cooked add rest of the ingredients, mix gently .
Let the stuffing cool .

Assembling the Bhallas

Take the potato ball , making a deep depression , fill in a heaped teaspoon of the prepared stuffing .
Bring the sides together and form the ball again .
Lightly flatten the ball .
Heat a griddle , pour in oil .
Fry the Tikkis till golden .

Serving Style

Place the Tikki in the serving bowl .
Add whipped curd , tamarind chutney , mint chutney .
Sprinkle yellow chilly powder ,red chilly powder, salt , black salt , chaat masala .
Garnish with grated radish , pomegranate pearls and coriander leaves .

 Agre ka Bhalla -street food from Agra, UP

Some more Tikkis!

Broccoli Tikki

Soya Paalak ki Tikki

Beet and Spinach Tikki

Mattar aur Makai ki Tikki

Tikki Chole

Agra ka Bhalla

 

Print Recipe
Agra ka Bhalla
Tikki Chat from Agra, which is stuffed with yellow lentils, fried to a crisp golden and laced with creamy yogurt and chutneys.
Course Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Course Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Instructions
Tikkis
  1. Peel and mash the boiled potatoes .Make sure the potatoes do not have any lumps .
  2. Add salt and cornflour .
  3. Mix well and divide into even sized little larger than lemon sized balls .
Stuffing
  1. Wash and the moong daal for an hour.
  2. Heat oil in a pan .
  3. Add cuminseeds and asafoetida .
  4. Add the soaked daal .
  5. Sauté for a minute , add turmeric powder , salt and just enough water for the daal to cook .
  6. We want each grain to be separate.
  7. Once the daal is cooked add rest of the ingredients, mix gently .
  8. Let the stuffing cool .
Assembling the Bhallas
  1. Take the potato ball , making a deep depression , fill in a heaped teaspoon of the prepared stuffing .
  2. Bring the sides together and form the ball again .
  3. Lightly flatten the ball .
  4. Heat a griddle , pour in oil .
  5. Fry the Tikkis till golden .
Serving Style
  1. Place the Tikki in the serving bowl .
  2. Add whipped curd , tamarind chutney , mint chutney .
  3. Sprinkle yellow chilly powder ,red chilly powder, salt , black salt , chaat masala .
Recipe Notes

Agra ka Bhalla

You could enjoy Aga ka Bhalla and many other chats at

Chaat Gali in Sadar Bazar, Agra

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18 thoughts on “A – Agre ka Bhalla”

  1. OMG what an addictive and tempting chaat that is Vaishali. Love that moong dal filling in aloo tikki — adds protein to the dish along with flavor and texture. Love your presentation.
    I LOVE Street food and I’m so looking forward to all your yummy creations this month. I know my bookmark folder is going to grow a mile long by the end of April 🙂

  2. wow you impress me every time I come here di .. This agre ka bhalla looks scrumptious, amazing recipe to start the marathon with 🙂 how wonderful is the whole set up , give me a street food feel ..Looking forward to learning some new street foods from you this month 🙂

  3. Lovely setup and mouthwatering chaat there. The stuffing for an aloo tikki is mind blowing. Looking forward to all the street food you will dish out through out this month. A fantastic start to the series as well.

  4. Amazing start for the BM Vaishali. This BM is going to be so much fun with all the amazing chat recipes. Looking forward to it. This agre ka bhalla looks like a flavourful chat with all those awesome toppings and the tikki.

  5. I was kinda hoping that you would pick this theme to tempt us all. 🙂 And what a great chaat dish to kick start the theme ! Moongdal filled tikki with those spicy garnishes sounds mouthwatering. Looking forward to your street food recipes this month.

  6. Trust you to come out with something so mindblowing! When you have almost all of the street food one can find, you create a whole new list again!..wow..this chat looks amazing and love all the clicks Vaishali..as you know I am going to bookmark your entire series..Can’t wait to read what’s going to come in the ATOZ series…

  7. I too thought of seeing bhalla but it is tikki instead. Wow, I wish I could have tasted this bhalla chaat in Agra. Looks so tempting with radishes on top. Looking forward to your more posts.

  8. Omg, Agre ka bhalla looks fabulous and quite a new street food for me, thanks for posting this fabulous dish, now i know if i crave for some streets foods i will definitely make a visit at ur space Vaishali, you rock dear. Now am so eager to see whatelse you would have cooked to pleasure our eyes and tastebuds virtually.

  9. I am so looking forward to the street foods Vaishali. It has been ages since I have enjoyed some real street food and these are feast to my eyes. Your presentation is wonderful and what a lovely dish this is. Agre ka Bhalla is instantly bookmarked and waiting to be tried.

  10. Agre ka bhalla is kind of new chaat to me . Looks so inviting and love the moong dal filling inside the aloo tikki. Definitely it would be one of those chaat that you can’t stop eating with few spoons . Great start to Mega BM, looking forward to the rest !!!

  11. Wow street food again… my weakness point. I so wish I could grab that bowlful of goodness… yum yum yummm Love you presentation as well. Can’t wait for the next visual treat.

  12. The name is certainly deceiving, I read bhalla and was looking for it as I opened your post and saw tikki! Wonderful start off the the marathon. Looking forward to other street food. The whole preparation is tempting. Never made tikki with moong dal filling.

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