Servings : Makes 50-60 pies
Irresistible crisp pastries with a fantastic spicy mince meat filling. These taste great with lemon squeezed on top!
- 1 kg beef mince (or you can mix lamb and beef)
- 500 gm onions, grated or finely diced
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 1 tbsp garlic paste
- a bunch of chopped coriander
- 2 tsp black pepper powder (adjust to your taste)
- 2 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 egg white (beaten with 1 tsp water)
- 1 egg yolk (beaten with 1 tsp milk)
- puff pastry as needed
Put the minced meat in a pan and add the cumin and coriander powders, turmeric powder, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, chillies and some of the fresh coriander. Turn on the heat and stir until the mince is cooked through and all the moisture has evaporated. Once completely dry pour it all out into a bowl.
In the same pan that you had used to dry the mince, put the spoonful of butter and lower the flame until the butter melts. Add the onions and stir fry until they become soft. Add a bit of turmeric powder to colour them slightly.
Once the onions have softened, pour the dried mince back into the pan. Stir it with the onions until well combined. Let this cook for 5 mins or so, stirring constantly so the mince doesn't stick. Check for salt/pepper. Switch off the heat once you find the mince isdry enough such that it begins to sticks to the bottom of the pan. Squeeze some lemon and sprinkle a bit of garam masala, some black pepper and fresh chopped coriander. At this point you can add some mashed potato if you want, I normally do not.
Let this mixture cool completely.
Cut the block pastry into squares of about 5 cm. (You can cut them bigger if you prefer big pies). If you are using ready to use individual sized puff pastry then no need to cut them. Roll the squares out flat and then pour in some of the mince mixture.
Before folding over to close the square, drizzle a bit of the egg white on the mince that’s in the pastry. This will sort of bind the mince together so it doesn’t fall out and get messy while eating. Fold the square diagonally to form a triangle and then press down the edges with the end of a fork to give it a pretty finish.
Poke the top of the pie a few times with the fork to make a vent for the air to escape while baking.
At this stage, you can lay the pies out on a flat tray and freeze them, and once hardened you can pack them in ziploc bags or store in large tins in the freezer. That's what I normally do when am free so that all I have to do when I next want meat-pies and don't have time to make them (or have sudden unexpected guests) is to take them out of the freezer, apply the egg wash and put them directly into the oven. You won't even need to thaw them out, just preheat the oven while you're brushing them with yolk and put them right in!)
Before baking, brush the tops of the pies with the beaten egg yolk to give them a good golden colour. Pre-heat oven to about 175 degrees C before putting the greased tray in. Let them bake for about 25 mins to half an hour depending on the size of your pies. You can adjust and lower the heat if you want them to get baked longer so that the end result becomes more crispy.
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Can we use filo pastry for this? Oh btw- Love all your recipes! and congrats on the website initiative! looks great 🙂
Thank you Mahek! Yes you can, although you will need to use 2-3 filo sheets together as they are very delicate and using single sheets might cause the pastry to crumble and fall apart. Make sure to brush melted butter between the sheets.
Thanks for the tip and your prompt reply! I made these with puff pastry as the recipe suggested. Loved them! Will post a pic on fb 🙂 also have you thought about doing cooking shows or publishing your own cook book!
i made it…it was good to taste but it was somewhat feeling very dry filling to eat …..
Did you follow the filling recipe exactly? Did you drizzle the egg white as suggested? The filling is normally never that dry, unless you left out any of the ingredients.
A.alkm fauzia i must say my hubby kums hom ali coz of my cooking.thank u.a quick question,i bought puff pastry n on d cover it ws written 9sheets,das dis mean every sheet for a pie?minal aideeeen
W/Salaam, thank you! And yes that is what it means. 🙂 Minal faizeeeeen!
Pls how do I make d block pastry 4 d meatpie? It is not sold where I liv. May Allah bless u
At the moment I don’t have a puff pastry recipe posted. InshaAllah will try and post one soon, but in the meantime please check on YouTube for video tutorials.
I use this recipe. It’s easy but you do need to read the entire post before you start. One modification though, i grate the cold butter out of the fridge and then mix with flour and then freeze it for at least 1 hour. Then continue with the addition of egg and water, form dough and fold. It does take practice, but even if it’s not perfect, it’s generally still delicious.
A.a thnx 4 da recipe jst wana knw how to make da pastry
W/Salaam, I buy the pastry.
Salams many thanks for the recipe please could u advise how many pastries are made with the above recipe
W/Salaam, depends on the size of your pastry block.
Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah. Sister fauzia can u tell me how to make the puff pastry sheets. I don’t get readymade ones here.
W/Salaam, at the moment I do
W/Salaam, at the moment I do not have a recipe for puff pastry but will try and add one soon inshaAllah.
Assalamu alaykum dear Fauzia
Assalamu alaykum dear Fauzia
u told us yu will teach us how to make the puff pastries last year
but till now u haven’t 🙁
please put up its recipe soon… atleast try in shaa Allah
ramadan is around the corner
it wil help us all 🙂 in shaa Allah
(i. e for those who don’t get em ready made)
W/Salaam, actually I said i
W/Salaam, actually I said i will TRY and add the recipe. Unfortunately I have as yet not managed to find the time to try because I get the puff pastry so easily ready made. But you can check on YouTube there are very many really good video tutorials for making puff pastry.
Yah fauzia Alhamdulillah u
Yah fauzia Alhamdulillah u get em ready made
but for some of us it’s hard to get em ready made
Please please please please try 🙂
we sure do love yur cooking
Nd wud like the pastries made by You 🙂
Fauzia uko fiti sana. I had
Fauzia uko fiti sana. I had these for dinner yesterday and they were awesome.
I love your recipes by the way.
Thanks and keep up the good work.
Salaams Fauzia! You have been a life saver when it comes to cooking. Thank you so much for all your recipes. Wanted to ask how early in advance can we make and freeze the pies if making for a party? A month? Two months? Also, is it okay to make slits then freeze?
W/Salaam, thank you. A month is good, and yes you can make the slits before freezing.