Maakouda – Moroccan Potato Patties

Maakouda is one of the popular Moroccan street foods. Maakouda is a spicy deep fried potato fritter made from mashed potatoes with herbs and spices. These fritters are usually sold in paper cones with a heavy coating of a spicy tomato-based sauce, or as fillings to sandwiches. Maakouda is also found in Algerian and Tunisian cuisine.

This recipe will be enjoyed by kids as the patties are not spicy. These potato patties are crunchy on the outside but soft and creamy on the inside. These potato patties can be eaten hot, warm or at room temperature and can be served as an appetizer or a side dish. They can also be stuffed in a bread with lettuce and tomato slices for a filling meal, anytime.


• 1 lb potatoes, peeled and diced
• 1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
• 1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1 tsp salt
• ¼ tsp pepper
• 3 eggs
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 cup of flour
• 2 cups of oil


This recipe takes about 20 minutes to make. Serves 12 patties.

Boil potatoes in enough water until tender. This will take about 5 minutes.
Drain and place potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
Add cilantro, parsley, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic, and 1 egg.
Mash everything together until mixture is smooth.
Form into 12 small patties.
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
Beat egg in a shallow bowl.
Place flour shallow bowl.
Dip each patty into egg then coat with flour.
Fry patties until golden brown.
Place fried patties on a plate lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.

Ideas And Tips:

• You may use panko breadcrumbs instead of flour.

• If you want to make the patties spicy, you can add chili flakes, finely chopped chilies or chili powder.

• You can add cream cheese or any shredded cheese to make the fritters creamier.

• You can bake the patties if you don’t want them deep fried. Add all the eggs and half of flour to the mixture. Place patties on a greased baking sheet. Lightly spray or brush the top of the patties with oil. Bake for 15 minutes at 300°F.

Maakouda - Moroccan Potato Patties
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