Perkedel Kentang (Potato Perkedel)

Not a very healthy recipe, but, an alternative way to enjoy potatoes. In Indonesia, our potatoes are not as big nor as dry as it is in America. So it is quite difficult to create a french fries from Indonesian potatoes. I guess that’s why Indonesian made this side dish (for rice) with potato as its main ingredient, but with more Indonesian flavor.


  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 3 or 4 garlic gloves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 teaspoon instant broth powder (optional)
  • 1 tbs flour (optional)
  • 1 egg (separate its yolk and white)
  • cooking oil


  • wok
  • mortar and pestle
  • 2 tbs


  1. peel off the potato’s skin. Slice into 0.5 cm thick each, fry with a preheated oil in medium heat until it’s ripe. (ripe and soft but not yet golden brown nor crispy).
  2. Grind the pepper (or powder pepper), garlic, and salt.
  3. Mash the fried potatoes, mix with ground ingredients, and an egg yolk.
  4. Shape the mixture using a pair of tbs. (don’t use your hand, it’s very sticky).
  5. Dip the shaped mixture in egg white, fry in preheated oil with medium heat until it’s golden brown and ripe.

What you should know

I don’t know the exact measurements for the pepper and salt. Since the mixture is ripe already, i suggest you to taste it first before you decide to add powder broth or more salt.

Flours are used to make the potato mixture easier to shape. Experts (like m’ mom) don’t have to. but beginners (like me) sometimes still need it. Make sure you don’t add more than one tbs of flour (if you need it), or it will ruin the whole flavor.

You can replace potatoes with tofu. If so, you don’t have to fry it first before you grind it.

You can also add corned beef or ground meat to the potatoes mixture. Add more potatoes and spices if needed.

Re: Perkedel Kentang (Potato Perkedel)

This looks like a fun alternative to french fries. I also like the opportunity to play with a lot of different spices (one at a time) beyond salt and pepper. I am going to try this with curry and a few other items in my spice cabinet to see what is good.

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:D did it work well? i’m very curious.

Re: Perkedel Kentang (Potato Perkedel)

It worked beautifully. Of course I couldn’t resist adding a little curry powder which added a really nice flavor. And counter to your instructions I used my hands, made a big mess and enjoyed every second of it.

Thanks for this recipe. It is a keeper.


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