Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland, by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau.
2 potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed with a fork
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 green chili, finely sliced
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and form 2- to 3-inch patties. Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan. When hot, place the potato patties in a single layer around the pan. When lightly browned, turn. Serve with taetul (tamarind/date chutney and/or coriander chutney) and slivers of raw onion.