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Beef Galayet Bandora Recipe


Galayet Bandora Recipe is a sauteed tomato dish that is mixed with onion, olive oil, chopped beef, and potatoes. This is a traditional breakfast Jordanian food which is eaten using flatbread/pita bread or rice.

Galayet Bandora beef with tomato sauce and potatoes in a bowl

As a half Jordanian, this is one of my favorite Middle Eastern dish which is flavorful and delicious. When I was in Jordan for vacation, I have eaten this dish in a local restaurant and also in my relative’s house.

Traditionally, Galayet Bandora is made with only tomatoes, olive oil, onion, and green hot peppers. Furthermore, It is a very simple dish which is very common among locals. However, in my experience, I found out this recipe has other varieties, which can be modified by adding eggs or meats such as lamb, beef stew meat, or ground beef.

I remember my father made his upgraded version of Galayet Bandora by adding beef and potatoes. This may not seem a traditional Jordanian food but it is a mouthwatering dish. He added even some spices to make this dish more flavorful. I promise you this one of the best Jordanian beef in a tomato sauce dish.

Galayet Bandora beef with tomato sauce and potatoes in a pan

What is Galayet Bandora?

This is a traditional Jordanian food that is sauteed in a pan with olive oil, tomatoes, onion, and green pepper.

In Arabic, the word “Galayet” mean sauteed in a pan while “Bandora” means a tomato. By understanding the name, we can tell this is a sauteed recipe. Also, this is commonly an appetizer dish.

When I was in Jordan, most of these recipes are vegetarian since it has no meat. However, some varieties of galayet bandora; such as my father’s recipe, meat, and some spices are added to help enhance the flavor.

Because I love this dish, I learned this recipe from my father, which I am excited to show you how to make one.

Recipe Ingredient

My ingredient is not traditional since I am adding spices and meat, but it is very delicious, and I am sure you will love it. Below are the ingredients of my version of making Galayet Bandora Recipe:

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Chopped Beef Stew Meat
  • Chopped Potatoes
  • Cumin
  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt & Black Pepper

Olive oil, onion, and tomatoes are 3 major ingredients for making this recipe. To me, I love adding a lot of olive oil and onion since it gives a nice flavor of the sauteed tomato dish. Also, instead of fresh tomatoes, I used canned crushed tomatoes since it is convenient and easy to use.

In addition to that, I include chopped beef stew meat and potatoes in my Galayet recipe. Adding these two ingredients makes this dish very appetizing since we all love potatoes and meat.

Lastly, I am adding cumin, allspice, and cinnamon to help spice up my Arabic beef sauteed tomato dish. Traditionally, we don’t add spices in this recipe, but I find it delicious and flavorful when you use them. Of course, I add salt and black pepper for seasoning before serving this dish

What do you serve with this recipe?

Beef Galayet Bandora Recipe is best to serve and eat with rice or bread. In Jordanian and Middle Eastern culture, we love eating this food using flatbread/pita bread/ or kubus as well call it.

Furthermore, because this is a breakfast meal, it is best to serve with other side dishes such as scrambled eggs, hummus, vegetable salad, zaatar bread, pickles, and Arabic tea.

If you are looking for other dishes that are perfect to serve and eat with Galayet Bandora, here are other recipes that you may like to try at home:

Step by Step Instruction

Firstly, add olive oil in the pan. Once it is hot, add the onion and stir for a few minutes till it is cooked. Next, add the sliced beef and let it sauteed for 5 minutes or till it is tendered.

Later, add the canned crush tomatoes, cumin, allspice, and cinnamon in the pan. Give a quick stir till it is well mixed. Add chopped potatoes and stir to mix the other ingredients. Cover with the lid and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes in low heat or till the sauce become thick.

Lastly, add salt and black pepper for taste. Turn off the heat and serve with flatbread/pita bread or rice.

Galayet Bandora beef with tomato sauce and potatoes in a bowl

For full instruction of Beef Galayet Bandora, here is the recipe card below:

Beef Galayet Bandora

5 from 9 votes
Recipe by Saif Al Deen Odeh Course: AppetizersCuisine: Jordanian, Middle EasternDifficulty: Easy


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Galayet Bandora is a Jordanian breakfast fried tomato dish which is mix with onion, olive oil, beef, spices and potatoes.


  • 300 gram of thinly sliced beef

  • 1 large potato

  • 2 large onion

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil

  • 2 cup canned tomatoes

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin

  • 1 teaspoon of allspice

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • Salt and Black Pepper for Taste


  • Add olive oil in the pan or skillet.
  • Once it is hot, add onion and stir for few minutes or till it is cook.
  • Add the sliced beef in the pan. Let it sauteed for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the canned crushed tomatoes and add cinnamon, cumin, and allspice. Stir to mix
  • Later, add chopped potatoes and give it a quick stir.
  • Cover with the lid and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or till the sauce becomes thick.
  • Add Salt and Black pepper for taste.
  • Turn off the heat and serve with rice or pita bread / flatbread


  • If you don’t have canned crush tomatoes, you can use fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce.
  • Adding potatoes is not common for this recipe, but it makes the dish more delicious.

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  1. I love Middle East cuisine and halal food! I can eat this beef dish everyday!

  2. This looks amazing. And I have all of the ingredients!! I am definitely giving this a go. Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂

  3. This is why I love food blogs! Learn so much about world cuisine..thanks for sharing this recipe

  4. The beef looks so tender and it sounds like a delicious comforting ragù for upcoming fall season. I am saving this one in my bookmarks 🙂 thank you for sharing!

  5. Such simple ingredients and big flavors! Yum!

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