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Cumin Infused Potato cakes

Starch ingredients are so versatile in the kitchen because they can be transformed into so many dishes, each one having its very own character and unique taste. One of my favourite starches to cook with are potatoes because you can make nearly anything with them in a relatively short amount of time.

I have made potato cakes, which I was a bit nervous to make since it was my first time. Heaven shined on me and they turned out perfectly! The potatoes were boiled with whole cumin seeds, and their taste really comes through. The exterior is  crunchy because of the bread crumbs, while the interior is nice and soft. This is super easy to make and I hope you will give this a try.



2 eggs
1 cup of bread crumbs
1 bunch of finely chopped coriander
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
6 large potatoes


I got my breadcrumbs from the bakery section of Nakumatt, and I am sure you can get them in any supermarket. They cost between ksh.100-ksh130 (approx. $1.50 ), and I believe that will not dent your purse/wallet :). However you can make your own bread crumbs at home by putting some slices of bread in an oven at 180º for about 4 minutes, then when they are stiff, put them in a food processor at high speed, and with that, you have your bread crumbs.


Peel your potatoes and cut them into wedges. Put them in your sufuria, add some salt and your cumin seeds and let them boil until they are just soft. Mash them, but do not let them become creamy like the ones we made here because that will make it hard to mould them. Let them have the stiffness of ugali or doughnut dough.

boiling potatoes with cumin

mashed potatoes with cumin

Put them in a bowl and set your working station. Beat your eggs, then on a separate tray mix the bread crumbs with the chopped coriander.Take some of the mashed potatoes and mold them, then dip them in the beaten egg, roll them in the bread crumb mixture until they are completely coated them set aside as you wait to fry them.

I prefered mine to be rectangular, because I found making good looking circles would be hard.

moulding potato cakes
Heat your vegetable oil and when it is hot enough, begin frying. Allow two minutes on each side or at least until each side is golden brown.

frying the potato cakes


Remove from heat, drain excess oil on a paper towel them serve warm.

crispy potato cake

Perfect combination of soft interior and crunchy exterior with the aromatic smell of whole cumin will make these potato cakes the talk of the town.

crispy flavourful potato cake


Without doubt, everyone in the universe would fall inlove with this dish. Give your family an unforgettable meal, make them these potato cakes!

Peace and love,


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  1. Ponic Kambi

    I really love your blog. The recipes are so simple with readily available ingredients plus you encourage your readers to play around and experiment with the recipes . I will definately try out the recipe. One question though do you use ur hands to shape the mashed potatoes

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so much, Kambi. It is in the experimenting that we learn and discover new things:).
      About the potatoes, I did use my hands. I initially wanted to do circles but I figured it would be simpler to do rectangles. To get almost perfect rectangles, just make sure your mashed potatoes are stiff enough and you are good to go 🙂

  2. Cynthia

    assist me with a recipe of fried potatoes

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Let me try one then it will be up in next month 🙂

  3. Hope

    i just came across ua websyt 2day n i must admit ure damn awesome

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Welcome on board Hope! Thanks for the compliment and I am happy to share my culinary adventures with you. Hope you give any one of my recipes a try 🙂 🙂

  4. festus

    Easy to make indeed and all ingredients are found in every homestead

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Very very easy. And best part is all ingredients are accessible to all of you

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