This recipe for Maakouda Nujum (star maakouda) is usually made during Purim. According to the folklore of Libyan Jews, the eggs, which are actually the “stars”, represent the stars in the night sky in the verse from the Megillah (the scroll of the book of Esther) – “On that night the king’s sleep wandered” – the verse in which the turning point in the plot of the story began, and which ultimately ends with, “The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor.”
Ingredients for Purim Star Maakouda
- 1 Potato Large, cooked and diced
- 3 eggs hard boiled
- ½ cup oil
- 1 bunch parsley chopped
- ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 handful chickpeas cooked
- 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 7 eggs
1. Place all the ingredients except the uncooked eggs in a bowl, mash with a fork and mix until combined.
2. Heat oil in an oven safe pot and get some oil on the sides of the pot as well. Pour the mixture into the pot and cook on the stove for 5 minutes. At the same time, heat the oven to 355F (180C) degrees.
3. Transfer the pot to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
4. Take the pot out of the oven, make small holes in the pie and pour the eggs into them. Bake another 15 minutes until the pie is firm.