According to Wikipedia, “A patty, in American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand English is a flattened, usually round serving of ground meat or meat alternatives.”  A Jamaican patty is a pastry that contains various fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. It is made like a turnover but is more savory.  My patty is the Goan version of a pastry filled with a vegetarian or meat mixture cooked in herbs and spices.

The spices in my Green Masala is what give these patties that unforgettable taste.  Now, for those of you who are not familiar with the word masala, it is basically a number of spices ground together to form a paste or powder used in Indian/Goan cooking.  I do not have the entire recipe written down, but I just throw some spices in the blender and taste it, then accordingly add more heat or spice as I go along.  I can tell you what some of the spices are – They include a large bunch of cilantro, green chillies, chopped onion, cumin, salt, sugar, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, cloves, cardamom, tamarind, cinnamon, turmeric and a good splash of vinegar.  I usually make up a batch of this and refrigerate it, using it on anything and everything really.  Roasts, hamburgers, shepherds pie, baked fish, curries etc.  The vinegar in this mixture keeps the masala pretty fresh for several weeks.  Since this masala has all the spices in it, just a few dollops of it goes a long way.  Note to self:  Write down the quantities for a printable recipe the next time 🙂

I chopped up several vegetables, sauteed some onion, and put in a few tablespoons of this masala into the pot, then added all the vegetables.

IMG_3352I cooked till the vegetables were tender.

IMG_3356Rolled out the dough and cut out circles.

IMG_3357I happened to have this Pampered Chef cutter lying around, but you can use any form.

IMG_3358Added a spoonful of the vegetarian mixture and sealed into a semi-circle.

IMG_3362Baked it @ 425 degrees for about 8 minutes and these beautiful golden brown patties emerged with the most amazing aroma.

IMG_3364Great served with some mint or coriander chutney or just on its own.  Enjoy!


38 Replies to “Vegetarian patties”

  1. Now I understand “masala” that it is something special to the individual who is cooking or the region they are from. I love what the spices can do to a recipe! I can see myself having fun with this down the road… A patty for me is something flat and your lovely veggie dish reminds me of turnovers because of the shape. Regardless, I am sure they are delicious. Thanks so much for bringing these to Fiesta Friday #69 🙂

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      1. No Judi, I never seem to get pingbacks, or if I do, I probably don’t see them… I’m behind in getting my responses in and visiting other blogs.. but I just responded to you a bit ago about “masala”. 🙂


    1. Thanks Judi.. You are right, they would/could be called “turnovers”, but we grew up calling them “patties” – kind of like a Jamaican patty if you’ve ever tasted those. Masala is the general term for spices ground to form a paste or powder. For instance, your garam masala powder is also a masala, but with specific whole spices ground together. So glad to see that you are taking such an active part in “international cuisine”. I love to challenge myself too, and am already thinking of something exotic that I might blog about next :)). Thanks again for co-hosting Judi, enjoy the long weekend and relax.


  2. I loved learning the different definitions of “patty” from your blog post today! I did know a bit about Masala from my trip to Jamaica last year. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful recipe. Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Ahh didn’t realize they called it “masala” in Jamaica too. I suppose any blend of spices really is a masala. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting. Have yourself a beautiful weekend. 🙂


    1. Julie, thanks for stopping by. I feel sure that you tried Sonal’s spices that she mailed to you? It is a masala. Masala is the general term used for a blend of spices whether they are blended to a powder or a paste. My masala that I used for the “patties” were a blend of whole spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon etc. then I added the fresh ginger/garlic and cilantro, and doused it all a bit with some vinegar to make a paste. So that was my “masala”. I call it my “green masala” 🙂

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      1. Yes, that would be a mixture of spices put together, the general term would be “masala”, but also like the one Judi made was “garam masala”. So I guess they each have different names, but basically they are a bunch of spices ground together. I’m not sure if she is marketing her spices yet, I wasn’t one of those lucky ones to have sampled her spices :). When she does market them, I’ll be sure to try them.

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    1. Yes, you’re right Ginger… like a cornish pasty I guess; have you ever had a Jamaican patty? They too call it patties. So different in various parts of the world eh!


  3. The pastry looks so beautifully puffed and glazed and browned! I really enjoyed this post–descriptive, but not dictating. It really shows how flexible and intuitive you are when cooking these, and encourages me as well!

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  4. The only patty I know is the burger patty or anything of that shape. These look like emoanadas, too. Thanks, Loretta. I have learned something today. These sound amazing. Happy FF! 🙂 xx

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    1. It is not really a garam masala – it is what I call a “green masala”. It has a lot of fresh ingredients in it too, instead of the powdered blend of the garam masala. I use it on so many dishes, and it really goes well with anything. It has to be refrigerated of course.


  5. Loretta,
    How in the world did I miss this post of yours? Well I am salivating as I am kicking myself. These patties look absolutely scrumptious. and remind me of our annual trips to Goa.The patties I grew up eating in Maharashtra are with a similar filling with a puff pastry “cover’. Your pastry looks awesome. I would love the recipe sometime, if you don’t mind sharing.
    Hope you are having a relaxing weekend.

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    1. Hi Sandhya, I’ve actually missed your visits on a few of my posts lately, I thought something must have been amiss, but you were probably busy like we all seem to be lately. There are some blogs that I do visit from time to time if I haven’t seen anything on my Reader, and yours happens to be one of them. :). If I don’t see anything, then I will go to your blog to see if you’ve posted anything for the week. Anyway, glad you like the patties, are you looking for the masala recipe or the puff pastry? If it is the latter, then I’ll have to tell you that it is the Pepperidge Farm Puff pastry sheets. If you want to try it from scratch it is extremely time consuming and uses a lot of butter. Let me know if it is the pastry you’re after, and I can point you in the right direction of another blogger.


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