Algerian Makouda Recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious and flavorful appetizer that’s sure to please everyone at your next gathering, you should try Algerian Makouda. This crispy treat is popular in Algeria, but is made in various ways around the world. This famous snack is made from mashed potatoes that are fried in oil until they are crisp and golden.

Makouda is often served with different accompaniments, such as harissa, garlic mayonnaise, or a combination of both. It is also a great side dish to serve with meat or fish. Whatever way you serve it, this is sure to become a favorite with family and friends. Now let’s get started and learn how to make Makouda!


  • 3 large potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Garlic mayonnaise or Harissa, to serve (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, parsley, cumin, onion, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix well with your hands until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Using your hands, shape the mixture into small balls. They should be about the size of golf balls.
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Carefully place the balls in the hot oil and fry for 4-5 minutes, flipping occasionally, until they are golden and crisp.
  6. Remove the Makouda with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  7. Serve the Makouda with garlic mayonnaise or Harissa, if desired. Enjoy!