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These were good. There could be a couple of reasons why some people are having trouble frying them. First, many people may be using western style mashed potatoes made with milk/cream and butter. You will probably fry the patties more easily if no liquid is added to the potatoes. You should boil the potatoes whole, unpeeled, until fork tender. When cool enough to handle, peel and mash the potatoes and add the remaining ingredients, then form into patties. You really don't even need the flour as the mixture is very easy to work with. I then heat a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, I add just 2-3 Table. oil and add some of the potato patties. Fry until golden on both sides. Drizzle more oil, a teaspoon at a time, if needed. Using too much oil causes potato patties to start falling apart. Thanks for sharing this inexpensive recipe.

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Andtototoo! December 10, 2009

Every time I make these they are better and better! Great recipe, and listen to others about the oil, they are to be shallow fried, not soaked!

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Momma Zakaria September 06, 2011

These taste delicious, but are quite difficult to fry. I even took a commenter's suggestion and didn't add anything to the potatoes and they still crumbled apart a bit when I tried to flip them in the frying pan.

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LEM413 July 31, 2010

I have not made these yet, but they look and sound delicious. Just a tip for those having difficulty with the frying. Ihave found that rather than using oil for things without much binder, just use a non stick pan well coated with cooking spray. Also lightly spray the cakes themselves. It may not be completely authentic but you lessen all the fat from oil and they don't break apart as easily since there is not much liquid hot or otherwise to seep through the cracks.

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MarraMamba December 19, 2007

Really yum, but a bit difficult to fry. Worth the effort though!

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Akubi-chan May 29, 2007

Great taste, but difficult to fry. I was wondering if some binder like egg would have helped hold the potato cake together better.

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NsimaChef January 03, 2006

I normaly only eat fried stuff during ramadaan except for french fries that is. I had a super craving for some thing fried and I had some parsley mashed potatoes left over from dinner My Mom’s Amazing Parsley Potatoes so I gave your recipe a bash dear Hajar and i was not disapointed. We make potato cakes as well over here with the only diffrence we flour then dip them in fluffy beaten eggs. I can do with out the extra cholesterol thank you.

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lemoncurd December 13, 2005

No wonder these are so popular and are a staple. I only made one out of left over mashed potatoes and went a bit heavy on the parsley & scallions but this was delicious. I will watch for mor recipes from you Hajar- Thanks for posting

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Bergy December 12, 2005
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