Greek Tomato Patties from Santorini-Domatokeftedes

June 16, 2014

Tomato balls, Tomato patties, domatokeftedes, Tomato keftedesThese are probably my favorite vegetable based patties: domatokeftethes, which translates into tomato patties. I don’t exactly know why, but I think it has to do with the fact that they have tomatoes and are an island summer dish. I especially like them because they are so simple: tomatoes mixed with  a few herbs and that’s it!

These are a so tasty, they are a meze on their own. Although I’ll gladly eat these for lunch, accompanied by a dollop of nice creamy strained yogurt (also known as “Greek” yogurt outside of Greece). They are also perfect for vegans since they are nistisima, meaning that they contain no animal products (the yogurt is optional). And this is the beauty of Greek food: out of almost nothing (tomatoes and a few herbs) they make these wonderful delectable dishes that satisfy your taste buds, hunger and nutritional needs.

Other than the olive oil in which they are fried in (which is not all absorbed anyway), all the other ingredients have minimal calories but plenty of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.

You may find several versions (with cheese, zucchini etc.), this here is a modified version from the great Evi Voutsina, chef, author and I would say Greek food historian who had literally travelled all over Greece to get these authentic recipes.

So in this particular recipe you will find that cinnamon is used, which I have not seen in other recipes. Also keep in mind that although the preparation is fairly easy, you will need to make the mixture 2-3 hours before frying as all the ingredients need to sit together, not only so the flavors can mingle but to soften the onions as well. Ms. Voutsina also points out that the secret to a good domatokeftes is to dice the tomatoes and onions by hand and not grate them.

I used regular tomatoes, but obviously if you have Santorini tomatoes all the better.

Greek Tomato Patties from Santorini-Domatokeftedes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Category: Appetizer

Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Vegan

Yield: 20 patties

Greek Tomato Patties from Santorini-Domatokeftedes

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized tomatoes chopped
  • ½ red onion finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped mint (spearmint-I used a bit more as you can see in the photo)
  • 1-2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • Olive Oil for frying
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Chop the tomatoes (do not deseed, use the whole tomato) and place in a bowl.
  2. Chop onion and add to tomatoes
  3. Add cinnamon, mint, oregano, dill, and pepper to tomato mixture and mix well.
  4. Mix in a bowl the flour and baking soda and add to the tomato mixture and mix well. I also knead by hand.
  5. Let the mixture sit for abut 2 hours. The mixture/batter should be soft and somewhat liquidy and should fall off the spoon when tilted. Taste the mix and add salt as needed.
  6. In a pan heat the olive oil about 2 cm high at medium high heat, the oil should cover the patty half way.
  7. Once the olive oil is ready, add about one heaping teaspoon of batter for each patty, fry for about 1 -2 minutes on each side, flattening just a bit so that they cook inside. Make sure the olive oil is hot enough otherwise the patty will absorb more oil and not be crispy.
  8. Place on paper towels and serve immediately.

Photo by Elena Paravantes@ All Rights Reserved

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22 Comments

  • Reply Tracy June 17, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I made these yesterday, just a bit larger for lunch. They came out great. Thanks!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD June 18, 2014 at 5:59 am

      Thanks Tracy!

  • Reply Theresa June 18, 2014 at 2:27 am

    This sounds delicious! For the tomatoes, do you scoop out and discard the seeds/pulp or do you use it all? Thanks!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD June 18, 2014 at 5:59 am

      Thanks Theresa! No you just use it all. You want the dough/batter to be a bit liquidy.

  • Reply Vassou June 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I just made these now and had to sit down and let you know that they are excellent! I can’t wait to make them again! I’m even thing variations, maybe eggplant? Efharisto!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD June 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Parakalo Vassou! Wonderful! Yes eggplant will definitely work, they are called melitzanokeftedes. I’ll be making them soon once we have the good eggplants in august

  • Reply Vassou June 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Do you do anything special with the melitzana? I know some people like to salt them to take the bitterness away, but I prefer the slight bitterness. I have one sitting on my counter right now. I was going to make (what my Papou) called Greek Pork chops, but I’m thinking maybe this recipe!!

  • Reply Amy June 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I don’t know that I could live without tomatoes and I am so happy to have another way to enjoy them. I made these this afternoon and they are wonderful! I’m not used to tomatoes in this type of recipe which makes them even more exciting. Thank you Elena!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD June 28, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Amy, glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Reply Patti Alexakis July 3, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I made these Monday night and had some batter left over that my husband took to his work studio and cooked this evening, Wednesday, and he said his guests raved about it! He printed the recipe I sent him on how to cook the patties and gave it to one of the guests. Next I’m going to try the recipe using chickpea flour that I ordered over Amazon.com and it’s a beautiful pale yellow. I’ll let you know how that turns out. I LOVE chickpeas. I believe the flour is called besan.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD July 3, 2014 at 6:07 am

      Great idea! That flour will raise the fiber content too.

  • Reply Linda July 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I made these for our family, they were delicious! We had some tzatziki with them and what a hit. Even my daughter’s friend who does not like tomatoes, liked them! I love this website! Wonderful!

  • Reply Lisa July 8, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    delicious! I had a multitude of home grown tomatoes and this was just amazing! I used a non-stick pan and a lot less oil. They need some to be crispy and they were just delicious. Could be a fantastic veg patty with feta and lettuce bun, though they were gone before we could do that!

  • Reply UC August 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Made these as a specialty for my vegetarian friend, only to find out that everyone at the party couldn’t stop eating these … Next time, I need to make a double batch!

  • Reply Sue October 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Made these last night and they were absolutely fantastic. Didn’t have dill or red onion on hand (I used white onion but a smaller amount) but the flavours were still there. VERY important to let the mixture sit a minimum of two hours (three in my case), as you rightly say, and the cinnamon is integral! Like you I used more mint than the recipe called for and love love LOVED these! We had them as a “meze” before dinner, with a dollop of plain yogurt, and ate so many that dinner was an afterthought! Thank you for another gem of a recipe 🙂

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD October 27, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Sue! Glad you enjoyed them!

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  • Reply shena May 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Nice recipe, will try it. It is possible to buy vegan yoghurt though so maybe mention that.

  • Reply Sandy July 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Could you use cilantro instead of mint or maybe half mint/half cilantro? I am a cilantro lover, and use it whenever I can.

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  • Reply Carol S. June 22, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I have seen these made with garbanzo (chick pea) flour and I plan to try that, since I have an issue with wheat!

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      Great idea and you will get some extra fiber and protein too!

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