December 08, 2008

Kookoo Sib Zamini - Persian Potato Patties

Persian Potato Kuku

I serve these delicious potato patties (kookoo sib zamini) either as a side dish or as a main dish for a light lunch or dinner. Fried vegetable and egg dishes are called kookoo/kuku in Iran. There are different variations of this recipe. کوکو سیب زمینی (Kookoo Sib Zamini) is a great dish to bring to your next picnic!

Persian Potato Kuku

Kookoo Sib-Zamini - Persian Potato Patties

Yield: 14 potato patties

5 large potatoes
2 large eggs
1 small yellow onion, grated, discard the juice

2-3 tablespoons bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil for frying

  1. Place potatoes in a large pot, add water to cover by a couple of inches, boil on medium-high heat until fork-tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Peel the potatoes and grate them.
  3. Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl, add the potatoes, onions, turmeric, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine and refrigerate the mixture for an hour.
  4. Make small patties, flatten them in an oval or round shape. You can also spoon the potato mixture into the oil.
  5. Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry potato patties on both sides until light brown. Drain on paper towels.
Serve warm or at room temperature with fresh herbs, pickles, olives, yogurt, and warm bread.

*Note: Add a handful of chopped parsley or a teaspoon of dried dill to the mixture if you like.



  1. Thanks Azita. I was wondering if I should add the onion or not. I found it here. By the way wouldn't five eggs in 2pound of potatos make the mixture too sloppy?

    1. Onions add a wonderful flavor to the potato mixture. However, you can make this dish without it if you prefer. If you find the mixture too sloppy, you may add 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder or use 4 eggs instead. Thank you

  2. Probably depends on the size of your eggs, and the size of your potatoes! Looks yummy!

  3. My father used to make something similar to this, but I think he would shred the raw potatoes and then squeeze the moisture out of them using a dish towel. Is this method common or was he just doing things his way?

    1. Hi Neima, this is not a common/traditional method of preparing Kookoo sibzamini. However, it's an easy and quick cooking/preparation method.

  4. My husband family made these with ground beef (kabob flavor) and shred potatoes was so wonderful

  5. did you ever tried to bake them? i would have to make 50-100 of them, depending on size, and baking would really speed up the process :)

    1. No, I haven't tried that yet but I'm sure that you can bake them in the oven.