Jamaican Patties - Vegetarian

I love the jerk spice from Jamaica. So for the alphabet J, I was searching for recipes that use Jerk spice. I landed on this jamaican beef patty recipe which seems to be a very popular street food option. It is essentially a beef filling in crunchy pastry filling, shaped like empanadas.The filling is what I understood something everyone raves about, considering that I had to really work hard towards replacing the right protein and fats. I do remember that while serving these to DH, I told him- have some Jamaican beef patty. He had a look on his face that went from shock to duh..I tried explaining this was not a planned joke but in my head this recipe had been playing out for such a long time that I had subconsciously recorded this as Jamaican beef patty.

I have an affinity towards towards the African baked recipes , these recipes are not extravagant or rich. Also they have intensive flavor coming from variety of spices which means they are close natives of Indian cooking. You can ofcourse play with the filling and its flavoring but sticking to the recipe is good idea considering it brings out the 

The Jamaican patty is also special for its pastry, the outer cover. It has a hint of turmeric which means with color you get some dose of good health. 

All in all - worth trying..

Ingredientsfor the pastry 
1 cup flour a pinch of turmeric4 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed2-3 ice cubes
salt to taste

for the filling 1 onion finely chopped
1 medium capsicum finely chopped
1 zucchini grated
1 tspn ginger garlic paste
1 tspn green chilly paste
1 tspn thyme 
1 tspn garam masala
1 tspn tomato ketch up
2 tbsp grated paneer about 1 1/2 teaspoons saltOil to cook

1) For the pastry , chop the butter using dough cutter or fork.
2) Add flour, turmeric, salt to the butter and using the fork/ cutter or tip of your fingers make crumb like flour mixture. Add the ice cube and gently form a stiff dough. Set it aside or refrigerate until use.

3) In a pan, heat the oil, add onions, ginger garlic paste and saute it until soft.
4) Add all the vegetables one after the other and continue sauteing. Add the spices and paneer and mix it well. Season with salt. Set the filling aside to cool down

5) Pinch out small balls of the dough and roll it out flat.
6) Place the filling in the centre
 7) Fold it into half and seal the edges with the help of fork.

8) Bake the prepared patties in lined baking sheet for 15 min in preheated oven at 200C


Priya Suresh said…
Am in love with this beautiful jamaican patties and the fillig went in sounds fantastic to give a try to this fantabulous patties.
The filling for these patties sounds delicious and perfect selection for the alphabet .
Pavani said…
Delicious looking Jamaican patties. Love your vegetable filling.
Same pinch. Love those spicy Jamaican patties. I used minced soya keema to fill them.

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