Alayet Bandora

Alayet Bandora is a very basic tomato stew. Bandora is the Arabic word for tomato. This stew is similar to the Italian Marinara sauce but has no herbs at all. Alayet Bandora is usually served with white rice or pita bread depending on personal preferences.

Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to take a step by step photo of this recipe, but its quite basic and shouldn’t be difficult to follow.

This tomato stew is very traditional and economical. It is most common in Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.


Alayet Bandora
Alayet Bandora

You will need:

  • 6 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 500 grams minced meat*
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tb  butter or Ghee **
  • 1/2 ts all spice
  • salt and pepper

* The minced meat used can be either ground beef, lamb or even a blend of both.

** Ghee is simply clarified butter. Its more flavorful and has a higher burning point therefore wont burn while cooking.


In a medium sized pot melt the butter or ghee then add the chopped onion and stir for few mins until it gets tender. Add the minced meat and cook until its browned.

Next add the tomatoes, all spice and season with salt and pepper.

Cover the pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Then when it starts boiling uncover, reduce heat to low and keep it for another 1 to 1 1/2 hour.

That’s all. It’s ready to be served with a side of rice or bread.

Happy cooking, and as we say in Arabic “Sahha Wi Afia”

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