Bengali-Style Potato Cakes

When many people think of “cake” they think of some kind of sweet cake like you might have for a birthday or for dessert. Yet there is a whole other world of cakes that are savory, such as crab cakes or shrimp cakes. Today I want to show you how to make another kind of savory cake — in this case a potato cake like the ones that I grew up with in Bangladesh.

There are many different names out there for potato cakes as I make them below. I’ve heard them called potato chop, potato cutlet, kabab, and croquettes. I guess it depends on what part of the world you’re from. Let’s just keep this simple and call them “potato cakes.”

This recipe is pretty easy. Although it’s a finger food, it can serve as a substitute for a real meal when you’re not in the mood to cook up a storm.

By the way, this is a fun thing to make when you have extra boiled potatoes on hand from another thing that you’re making. Sometimes when I have extra boiled potatoes left over from a mashed potato or potato salad dish, I will make these potato cakes. It is a family pleaser.



  • 2 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 Thai green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. red onion or shallots finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. mango powder, amchur
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup canola oil to fry the potato cakes


I used peeled russet and Yukon gold potatoes for this recipe.

In a large bowl, mix chili, cilantro, green onion, and dried spices. Make sure all the ingredients are well combined. Add mashed potatoes and beaten egg to spice mixture. Mix well.

Using your hands, shape potato mixture into 12 equal sized cakes.

Heat oil in a shallow, nonstick frying pan or griddle pan. Fry the cakes on both sides until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

Transfer to a serving vessel and serve as a part of a meal or appetizer.


Makes 12 cakes

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