Jamaican vegetable patties

I was inspired to try and make these vegetable patties after seeing Levi Roots make his sunshine patties on Saturday morning TV with Paul Hollywood (AKA Mr. Bake-off). I made some adaptations to his original recipe because I love spicy food and wanted to add more of a kick. I also used red cabbage and peas because I have enjoyed the addition of these in traditional Jamaican patties I have eaten in the past.

These are packed full of vegetables and a lovely warming treat which can be made at the weekend and eaten for lunch throughout the week with a crisp salad or just on their own dipped in your favourite sauce.

I overstuffed mine so they don’t look quite as professional as I would have liked (lesson learned) but I’m sure I will refine the technique with practice and they did taste delicious which is the most important thing!


  • 1 carrot, diced
  • ½ 1 small butternut squash, diced
  • Small piece fresh root ginger, peeled, grated
  • 1 handful fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed, chopped
  • ¼ red cabbage, chopped
  • ½ can of sweetcorn
  • ¼ a potato, cubed
  • Handful of peas (frozen or fresh)
  • Vegetable bouillon
  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • pinch salt
  • 115g/4oz cold butter, cubed
  • 4-5 tbs cold water
  • 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • ½ tspn Chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp All spice

How to make:

For the filling:

  • Put all the chopped vegetables into a large pan and pour in enough boiling water to cover them along with 2 tsp vegetable bouillon or 1 bouillon cube
  • Add the Paprika, Cayenne pepper, all spice and chilli flakes (optional).
  • Boil until the veg is tender then drain and leave aside to cool.

vegetable parry mix

For the pastry:

  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, ground turmeric and salt in a bowl until well combined.
  • Add the butter cubes and rub them into the flour using your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  • Add the water, a tablespoon at a time, stirring until a dough is formed
  • Roll the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes

making veggie patties

 Make the Patties:

  • When the pastry has chilled, roll it out onto a floured work surface, half a centimetre thick
  • Use a large mug or pastry cutter to cut out circles, fill with a spoon of the filling and fold, sealing with a fork around the edge
  • Brush the patties with egg and place them on a baking tray

Cook for around 25 minutes (or until golden-brown in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C/ gas mark 6).

vegetable pattie

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2 Responses to Jamaican vegetable patties

  1. Ziakiwi

    Yummy making these now…but not cooking at 600 degrees Celsius. Thanks for inspiration Vege Girl.

    • Girl Meets Veg
      Girl Meets Veg

      Oops ha thanks for spotting my typo- I am new to this blogging malarkey so please forgive me. Hope you enjoy them and do let me know how they turn out!

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