Potato fritters

September 14, 2020  •  Category:

A recipe by one of my favorite Lebanese chefs, Marlene Mattar; she (lucky her!) visited Aleppo, in Syria and created a cookbook based on her travels there. Slightly adapted.

Potato fritters

Joumana Accad Mediterranean, Middle Eastern September 14, 2020 Main Dish, omelet, potato, lunch,

6 servings


  • 1 1/2 lb potatoes
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp chili powder or paprika or Aleppo pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (ground)
  • 1 tsp garlic paste (4 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or olive oil, more as needed)


1. Place the potatoes with salt and vinegar in a Dutch oven and cover with water; bring to a simmer; cook over low heat for about 30 minutes till tender, then drain, peel and mash the potatoes.

2. In a large bowl, whip the eggs a bit then add the potatoes and the rest of the ingredients ( less the oil).

3. Heat the oil in a large skillet and fry large spoonfuls of the potato and egg mixture on both sides till puffed and cooked and golden-colored.

Recipe Notes

These cakes can be baked as well; pour the oil in a round pan and place in a 400F oven for a few minutes until hot; pour the mixture onto the pan and let it bake for 15 minutes till set.

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  1. Ana Carla says:

    sabe vendo essa receita agora até me deu vontade de fazer, ha alguns anos atras vi essa receita em uma novela, e tive vontade de fazer,mas agora vendo ela completa aqui no seu blog vou tenta fazer nesse final de semana.

  2. Jason Argon says:

    Hi Joumana!

    Lovely recipe! I put dill instead of cilantro and some crumbles of feta cheese. Potatoes in Greece: After the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the declaration of Greece as an independent state,the Governor of the country Ioannis Capodistrias brought from abroad huge quantities of potatoes to feed the starving population and they were given for free.They were looking so unattractive and nobody was eating them.So he thought of this artifice:He put soldiers to guard the potato loads.The soldiers were instructed not to bother with the potato thieves(i.e starving people). In the morning the potatoes were gone! This is how Greeks learned to eat potatoes..I have sent you some emails with paintings of the Lebanese countryside by a Greek painter around 1910 and something from family life.Keep well!

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