Kopra Patties – Street food from Madhya Pradesh

Rainy days call for board games, some painting and a ton of books. If you have books you should have munchies. A few of these days extend as gloomy skies for extended days. That’s really when the books need to be reread and board games become boring.
To pep up these days the magical black pepper tea alone is not enough. So we resort to some more wider variety of snacks. Then come the pakodas and most of the deep fried elements. This school holidays we had heavy rains which pretty much kept us off the road. The repeated gloom in the sky left us more hungry than ever. That’s when the beautiful Indore street style kopra patties decided to swap places with the much wanted Alu Tikki (plain potato patties)

The cuisine of Madhya Pradesh

The down to earth foodie inspiration from the heart of Madhya Pradesh is a well-known fact. The first thing that races to the mind is poha- jalebi.
The seeping in history Malwa plateau has acquired its cuisine from the passing traders. Being a pretty large state the influences of the nearby state cuisines are very evident and contribute to the huge variety of delicacies found in this region.
Start with the poha in the morning and go all the way up to midnight through the streets of this foodie haven. I bet you can’t find a better spot to try varieties and cuisine samples from all the neighbouring states being just in this one place.

The challenge


My partner for the Shhh cooking challenge this time was Priya Sateesh and she picked out two humble looking ingredients potato and coconut. Initially, poha raced through my mind and I was quite confident. Soon I was researching and realised the Indore style poha doesn’t have both these together. So the extensive read began. I found an online newspaper article about the kopra patties. Sounded good and saved it for the rainy day. The prep began with the Indori Jeervan Masala which really attracted me. So here is my version dusted with the flavourful masala.

 To deep fry or not


While making these “inspired” Indori patties, what bothered me was the oil residue which is going to hang around. With the rain outside, I was not too sure if I  wanted the oil fumes..so we baked some and we pan roasted some. The pan roasted ones were outright delicious. The baked ones a bit like baked potatoes. But once the masala was sprinkled and dunked in the green chutney all was good.
Hope you enjoy this week and try out the patties. I may redo this for the Diwali party as it is indeed quite easy to prep and so delicious. What is your plan?

Kopra Patties

Street food from Madhya Pradesh
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Snacks, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Baking, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 75 kcal


For the dough

  • 2 cup potato boiled and mashed
  • 1 tbsp oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp jeervan masala
  • salt to taste

for the stuffing

  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp almond flakes or cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp golden raisins
  • 1 tsp coriander leaves chopped
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon juice

for roasting

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

for garnish and serving


  • To make the dough, boil and peel the potatoes.
  • Mash the potatoes, oat flour, jeervan masala and a pinch of salt and mix well.
  • Knead this to form a soft dough and set aside
  • Mix the ingredients for stuffing and keep ready
  • Make small balls of the potato dough and make a small depression in the centre
  • Make a cup shape and fill a tsp or a bit more of the filling in this depression.
  • Seal the potato dough ball and flatten gently.
  • Prepare all the patties the same way and set aside
  • Brush oil on a flat pan and bring up to medium heat
  • place the prepared patties and roast them gently on both sides till golden
  • Serve hot with green chutney and a sprinkle of Jeervan masala


You can avoid the jeervan masala totally if you are not fond of it.
Vary the nuts and seeds as per your preference.


Serving: 50gCalories: 75kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 129mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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The Girl Next Door
5 years ago

Kopra Pattice is something entirely new to me. They look so delicious, btw. Will try out the recipe some time soon. 🙂

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

A very tempting snack, I nearly made this and then decided to make something else as I got a bit lazy to grate the coconut. My mother in law use to make these patties especially when we would keep Ekadashi fasts. So definitely know they taste so delicious.

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

Your post makes me nostalgic Seema. Khobra pattice is one snack that i would always treat myself with , during my almost 3 year long stay in Indore. Never attempted it at home though. Love your healthy version .

Vidya Narayan
5 years ago

Absolutely delicious Seema. Loved the filling plus the Jeeravan Masala that gets sprinkled on top for that extra oomph to the dish. Maharashtra and Gujarat have similar Farali pattice that they make with potatoes and coconut especially on fasting days.

Shobha Keshwani
5 years ago

Delicious patties.. very different stuffing. I have never tasted them before.

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
5 years ago

That does sound amazing, especially the filling in those patties… I would also have preferred the shallow frying over deep frying, but then we can’t compare the taste difference, right? 🙂

5 years ago

Stuffed patties with very flavor full fillings.. Dat too using oats powder sounded healthy yet tasty munching is possible.. Looks delictable

Priya Suresh
5 years ago

Kopra patties are just fabulous and those patties are inviting me.. Well done and truly an incredible dish you have shared.

5 years ago

With coconut in the pattis, it definitely caught my attention…the pattis looks scrumptious

5 years ago

This dish is something I never had before. The stuffing is so rich and tasty and I am sure kids will enjoy for sure. Defenitely going to try.

Ashima Goyal Siraj
5 years ago

These look delicious and congratulations on the healthy twist to the patties! I have never done a coconut and dry fruits filling with potato patties. These sound very festive and perfect for the season! Thanks for sharing.

5 years ago

Pattice is my weakness and this pattice appeals to my taste buds as well. Loved your detailed explanation and the lovely, healthy end result.

priya satheesh
5 years ago

Wow ! Such a tempting snack.. esp loved your filling. You have beautifully used the secret ingredients.. Yum !

5 years ago

sounds very similar to a gujarati dish called farali patties, your patties look so nice and tempting

5 years ago

Wow this is one delicious recipe with all that khopra stuffing, I am drooling here Seema. Awesome find.

5 years ago

fabulous Seema, reminds me ragda patties. with all mouthwatering coconut filling will give a nice taste to these paotato patties. Just loved this recipe. Platter looks so inviting.

Sujata Roy
5 years ago

Never tasted coconut stuffed potato tikki. This looks awesome. I can imagine the sweetness of coconut and spicy potato. Lovely share.

5 years ago

this is a totally dish to me, and I love the stuffing and pan frying / baking version here ! so glad u picked this for the theme, am bookmarking this to try soon 🙂

5 years ago

Seema!!!!!!!!! I am bookmarking this one. My SIL made it ages ago when I was newly married and I was too shy to ask her how she did it.:D Thanks a lot.

5 years ago

These patties look so yummand adding of coconut is new to me. Never tried this way, that is the best thing of knowing different cuisines

Veena Krishnakumar
5 years ago

Stuffed patties look very delicious and I have bookmarked this.Awesome share

3 years ago

The first time I tried khopra pattice in Indore I fell in love with it and I ate it almost every evening during my stay there! Once back home, I HAD to try making it because I missed it so much! Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is another recipe that comes close to the taste I miss

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