Cut the potatoes in half vertically and then slice each half thinly
so you have half-moon shapes; use a mandolin if you have one.
Add the potatoes to a large bowl with the onion, season with some
salt and mix together to combine.
Heat all but one tablespoon of the oil in a non-stick frying pan
and when itís hot, turn the heat down to medium and add the potatoes
and onion. You donít want to fry these too quickly; the potatoes
should be cooked through but not colour. Turn very carefully in
the oil every 5 minutes. Cook for 20 minutes in total or until the
potatoes are soft all the way through.
Drain the potatoes in a sieve over a bowl to reserve the oil ó
this has so much flavour, you absolutely want to keep it for other
Whisk the eggs in a large bowl and mix in the harissa and cumin.
Season again with salt and pepper and add the potatoes back in.
Mix very gently to avoid breaking up the potatoes.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the same frying pan and
add the egg and potato mixture.
You want the heat medium low here (donít burn the bottom), so
cook for around 4 to 5 minutes. Place a plate larger than the diameter
of the frying pan over the top and very carefully turn the Mahkuda
over onto the plate.
Now, you are going to put it back into the pan to cook the other
side, adding in any potato thatís escaped! Tuck the edges in with
a spatula if need be to make a nice shape.
Cook for a further 3 minutes and then repeat the process as before,
placing the plate over the top and turning the frying pan over.
The Mahkuda should be lovely and golden.
Serve with a nice crisp salad or some cooked meats.
Note: Feel free to be creative and add olives, peppers
and any other Mediterranean flavours you feel appropriate.