Iraqi Fried Meat Patties with Vegetables

‘Uroog/Kebab Tawa/Shiftayat

Preparation info
  • Makes


    small patties
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

  • About

In Iraq, we make two things that bear the name ‘uroog/’urooq: one is the flatbread with meat and vegetables, and the other is meat and vegetables mixed with dough and fried as patties, and hence the name kebab tawa (cooked in a fryingpan). The difference is in the proportion of meat and vegetables to dough.

In the northern city of Mosul, these patties are called sheftayat. The name in all probability stemmed from the medieval practice of wrapping a ground/minced