Patees ~ Emirati Beef Patties

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Today is commemorated as Martyr’s Day across the UAE. The day was declared by the president of the UAE, as a mark for respect towards all the UAE soldiers, who were martyred on their duties and from this year onwards, it is a public holiday. You can read more about it here. May Allah bless the souls of the martyrs with the highest ranks in His Jannah, Aameen…


Following up from our Faloodah post of yesterday, today is a nice snack to have with a cup of hot black coffee, or kahwa, like the locals call it here. This recipe is also from the cut-outs as mentioned yesterday. I made a few variations to the original recipe – I mixed the beef mince into the potato mash, while the original recipe had asked to put a little beef inside a potato ball and shape like a patties. I don’t think it would make much difference as such. 🙂 The red chilli powder is my addition, since there was no spicy element in the recipe. I guess black pepper would be a good substitute, as it would be a good match with the spices that go into this recipe – cumin and cinnamon. Unlike our usual cutlets, this was different in taste. I had made these during Ramadan (yeah, that long ago, but kept it pending specifically for this time! 🙂 ) and as umma sank her teeth into one along with her mug of chai, after Iftar, she commented, “It always feels nice to eat somebody else’s cutlets!” Hehe… I have always mentioned that umma makes the best cutlets amongst all of us, though she normally does not eat much of it. I can understand – I always eat my food the next day!


We will have one more post tomorrow to make three Emirati recipes back to back, and it is one of the most requested recipes that I have been wanting to post since so long. Finally, InShaAllah it is becoming time, and I can’t wait to post it. I am sure you all are waiting for it too… 🙂 Till then, off to the simple recipe…


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Patees ~ Emirati Beef Patties

Course Tea Snacks
Cuisine UAE
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 450 gm beef mince
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic pounded
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup frozen green peas
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 large potatoes boiled
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Breadcrumbs to coat
  • Oil for frying


  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Fry garlic briefly.
  • Add the beef mince along with the spice powders and green peas and cook till the mince is done.
  • Switch off and allow to cool.
  • Mash the potatoes and mix in the butter.
  • Add the cooked beef mixture and mix well.
  • Shape into patties, dip in eggs and roll into breadcrumbs.
  • Deep fry or shallow fry till the patties are golden brown.
  • Serve warm!


These patties can be frozen for around one month. Before frying, thaw them to room temperature and then fry.

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  1. Lovely!really feeling like eat one yummy……..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shazia…

  2. Aameen..

    Cutlets 🙂 my all time favourite! Now I just cant wait for the third recipe!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Famidha… 🙂

  3. Looks delicious…… Lovely styling esp first pic….. cute napkin……!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya…

  4. Looks so yum. We usually make the desi version with lamb, would like to try it out with beef!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Abida…

  5. Yumm perfect little snack

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nammi…

  6. Patees are really yum! It’s our family favorites.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Hiba…

  7. Cutlets turned out super delicious ..I would add some veggies instead of beef ..guess the egg wash has given such a beautiful texture to the patties

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sathya…

  8. The cutlets look superb….Its advent here and I have taken it up this year….I am so tempted right now to have these…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa… so sorry for tempting u!

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