Today’s post is about one of the most amazing street food bites in Morocco: the battered Maa’kouda.
However, the non-battered seems to be the most published and written about especially in English..
I never had a non-battered maa’kouda although I grew up in Morocco. Instead, this battered version is what what my family has been making before I was born. It’s the same version I see sold in Fes as well as in old fast food shops located in old quarters of Casablanca. I’m sure the other one also exists, but I’m sure that if you eat both, you’ll enjoy this one more.
Battered maa’kouda, or “Tortilla” as we call it in our family (don’t ask why, and don’t mix it with the Spanish egg tortilla) is made in masses. You can’t just have 1, you will eat a lot, especially when it’s served with a nice harissa sauce and a glass of tea or a soda drink (if you’re on diet, pass another day). We usually count at least 5 per person :). You’ve been warned..If you have a large family, as for help 🙂
|How about this sandwich?|
For the record, I never got that batter right before. The reason why is that everytime I asked one of my family members about the ratio water/flour in the batter, they laughed at me. In Morocco, we measure by the “eye” especially in the cooking.. Measuring does not make sense, you reproduce what you see..
For the sake of this post, I measured anything going into the batter, but for the potato patties, it’s not a big deal although I measured it as well. Making good battered maa’kouda means that you need to get the batter right, this is what makes the fame of some street food sellers more than others.
I tried to give approximative measurement because some potatoes might need more seasoning than other, just like the people who might want more herbs or garlic than others..
|This is a street maakouda bought in the old Rcif (Fes), the filling is almost absent. Homemade is much better.|
I’ll just try to give a mother-recipe which is already a good one and an authentic one. I hope you give it a try..
Makes 14 maa’koudas
Prep: 30 min- cooking: 4 min by batch
For the potato patties
- About 400g of boiled potatoes
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 4 tbsp of chopped herbs (parsley and/or coriander)
- Salt, black pepper, harissa or cayenne, ground cumin to taste
For the batter
- 70 g of all purpose flour
- 10g of corn starch (I like to add it, replace with all purpose flour)
- 40 g of fine semolina flour (or fine semolina), see note
- 180 ml of water, lukewarm
- 3 g of instant dried yeast
- 3 g of baking powder
- Seasoning: 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of ground cumin (optional), 2/3 tsp of turmeric, 2/3 tsp of sweet paprika, a hint of grated garlic.
For the harissa sauce
- 1 heaped tbps of good homemade harissa (if you really can’t find it or make it, use tabasco or sambal oelek)
- 1 heaped tsp of tomato paste/concentrate
- 2-3 tbsp of water
- 2 heaped tbsp of freshly grated tomato (seeds out) or a good passata
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- Salt, black pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp of chopped coriander
|Battered fish served with Maa’kouda. So instead of fish and chips, how about fish and maa’kouda?|
Prepare the batter
|You don’t have to add harissa to the potato patties’ mix but it does make a difference.|
|Battered maakouda with fine semolina flour|
|Potato patties with spring onions and grated spicy cold cuts called “cacher” in Morocco|