January 22, 2010

Kookoo Ghandi - Sweet Saffron Potato Patties

This dish consists of  fried potatoes and eggs, blended with some sugar and saffron. Usually, I like having my meals and sweets separate and each in its own place. However, there are those sweet but occasional dishes such as the sweet rice, beet and yogurt dip and kookoo ghandi that I like to cook once in a while or for special occasions. However, in general we Iranians like our food more on the sour side, adding dried lemons or lemon juice to our soups and stews and most of the time serve pickled vegetables (torshi) with our meals.

Potato was brought to Iran and its neighboring countries in the late 19th century by a foreign diplomat. The Persian/Farsi name for potato is "Sib-Zamini" sib means apple and zamin means the ground/earth.Therefore the name sib-zamini literally means "ground apple" in our language. Potato is widely used in cooking, it adds flavor and texture to the food but in this case it is a dish in and of itself. For the regular Persian Potato Patties (kookoo Sib-Zamini), see the recipe here.

Kookoo Ghandi - Sweet Saffron Potato Patties


7 medium size potatoes or 3 cups of cooked and graded potatoes
3 eggs
3-4 tablespoons sugar
1/3 teaspoon powdered saffron dissolved in a tablespoon of hot water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil

  1. Wash, scrub and rinse potatoes. Place potatoes in a large pot and pour enough water to cover them plus an extra inch of water. Cook for about 30-40 minutes until the center of the potatoes are well cooked. When an inserted knife comes out clean, drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Peel and grind potatoes, add salt, eggs, liquid saffron and sugar. Mix thoroughly. 
  3. Set aside for 20 minutes before frying.
  4. In a non-stick frying pan heat some oil. When oil is hot take a small scoop of the batter and make it into a round or oval shape, flatten and gently place in hot oil. Fry on both sides.
Serve warm with plain yogurt, sabzi khordan and bread.



  1. Thanks so much for your comment on my site, it has led me to discover your lovely blog! These patties looks wonderful. My husband loves potatoes fried in any form and will try these out for him. :)

  2. I love this fritter, especially to enjoy after rain with a cup of mint tea.

  3. What an easy and delectable dish! What do you like to serve them with? Love the bit of history on how the potato got to Iran.

  4. A great flavor combo! Those patties must be delicious!



  5. dearest azita, another lovely post. i love potatoes- and this is just the thing i'd like to serve to my guests before i serve the main course. hope you had a gorgeous weekend, x shayma

  6. Nadia, thank you so much for visiting.

    Elra, I agree!

    Bria, thank you. I like to serve them with roasted lemon chicken and steamed green beans.

    Rosa, Thank you.

    Shayma, thank you and have a wonderful week my dear.x

  7. oh would love these for breakfast yummy, Rebecca

  8. These sound totally scrumptious and I love the addition of saffron!

  9. Beautiful esp. the flavor of saffron - that is what makes it so different!

  10. Cahide, Thanks!
    Chow and Chatter, these are great for breakfast.
    5 Star Foodie, just a little bit of saffron makes any dish taste wonderful!
    Soma, I Love using saffron!

  11. Azita
    I was not aware of this dish and I love it! I am wondering if it would taste good with sweet potatoes as well, since this is what I have in my pantry at the moment!

  12. Taste of Beirut, I've wondered the same thing but I've never made this dish with sweet potatoes. I'll give it a try one of these days to see how it turns out!

  13. Oh, delightful! Saffron adds a magic, ethereal touch. Thank you for sharing this cooking happiness with us, Azita :)