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Moroccan Potato Fritters (Maakouda)

Moroccan Cuisine is diverse; full of spices, mixtures and blends which create some of the most memorable dishes. But there are some simple Moroccan recipes you can do at home like this one!

Maakouda are Potato Fritters/Cakes which are popular Moroccan street-food treats. You can enjoy them as appetizers, snacks or as  side dishes with soups like Harira (a typical Moroccan soup) or Chorba (Algerian/Tunisian Soup.) You could also enjoy them along side some perfectly grilled chicken, here is a recipe I think accompanies Maakouda beautifully.

These delicious fritters would make great appetizers served alongside some dipping sauces like Harissa to add a kick of spice.

Moroccan Potato Fritters (Maakouda)

Easy Appetizer Recipe you can serve with soups or dipping sauces like Harissa
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Moroccan, North African
Keyword: Fried Food, Harira, Moroccan Street Food, Potato Fritters, Ramadan, Soups
Yield: 15 Fritters
Author: smartcookie


  • 4 Medium Potatoes
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp Plain Flour
  • salt To Taste
  • Olive Oil (to fry)


  • Peal and Dice your Potatoes before adding them into a boiling pot of water to soften. This will take around 15 minutes.
  • After they are soft enough, drain the water out and mash the potatoes. Be Careful when draining the water out as it is hot!
  • Put only 1 of the eggs into the mash as well as the spices and herbs. Mix it all together and your mixture is almost ready for frying!
  • Take small balls of dough and make flattened circular shapes with them (or style them up to your liking 😉
  • Break the second egg into a separate bowl and wisk it momentarily. In another plate place the 6 tablespoons of flour. Now we're ready to fry!
  • In a stove pour some olive oil, enough to create a shallow swimming pool for the fritters 😉
  • Dip the fritter into the egg first then into the flour second before adding to the oil. Allow the oil to fry both sides of the fritter over medium heat until it become crispy.

What Is The Best Oil To Use For Frying Maakouda?

Mediterranean countries like Morocco known for their day-to-day consumption of Olive oil. Therefore, if you are cooking any Mediterranean meal it is is highly likely that the go-to oil is Olive Oil.

What Is The Difference Between Frying and Deep Frying?

Frying is the process of using fat such as oils and butters to cook food. The only difference between frying and deep frying is that deep frying uses a larger quantity of oils, which are heated, to be able to submerge the food in and cook it.


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