Algerian Potato Patties


  • 4 medium sized potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • flour, for rolling patties
  • oil, for frying


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes, chopped onion, chopped parsley, salt, spices and egg until thoroughly combined. 
  2. Pour some flour into a shallow pan. Using a 1/8 cup, scoop out rounds of the potato mixture and drop into the flour. Gently roll the rounds in the flour, lightly coating on all sides. Using your hands, form the rounds into balls, then gently flatten them out into patties. 
  3. Heat about a cup of oil in a large skillet or frying pan. To test the temperature of the oil, sprinkle some flour on the oil and if it floats and sizzles, then the oil is hot enough to start frying the patties. Carefully transfer the patties to the skillet.
  4. Cook the patties until their edges turn golden brown, then flip them over and continue to cook them until browned on the bottom. Remove patties from skillet with a slotted spatula and allow them to drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  5. Serve warm as a side dish, appetizer, or in a sandwich.

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