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Sri Lankan Patties

A crispy pastry with a beautiful meat/or fish filling.

Sri Lankan Patties
Sri Lankan Patties



The Pastry (Makes 15 patties)

250 g  flour
40 g butter
1 egg egg
1/4 tsp salt
25 ml lemon



225 g mince beef
50 g onion
2 green chillies
1 cardamon
1 clove
1 tomato
100 g boiled potato
75 ml oil
15 curry leaves
1/4 tsp salt
 1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp  chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 juice of lime
50 ml thick coconut milk
oil for deep frying


For the pastry:

  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter.
  2. Separate the egg and add the yolk to the flour along with the salt and lemon juice. Mix in sufficient water to make a stiff dough, knead well and put on one side for 30 minutes.

The Filling:

  1. Chop the onion, and chilli, crush the cardamon and clove, dice the tomato and cube the potato and mix it into the beef.
  2. Heat the oil, add the onion and curry leaves and fry until the onion turns light brown.
  3. Add minced beef, chilli, cardamon, clove, salt, pepper, coriander powder, chilli powder, cumin, vinegar, and stir fry for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato, potato and cook for a further 3 minutes. Pour in the coconut milk, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add lime juice. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.


  1. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured board and, using a pastry cutter, cut circles in the dough. Beat the egg white. Place a little beef mixture in the center of each pastry circle, apply the beaten egg white to the edges and fold patty in two. Seal the edges and deep fry until golden brown.  Drain well.


Recipe Credits: MY MUM