Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vegetable puffs

Vegetable Puffs... yummm.. Just the thought of it brings back good old memories.. We used to get these amazing Puffs at a Bakery in a place called Moodabidri (1 hour by bus from Mangalore) in my home town. This place was exactly in between our bus journey from dad's ancestral home and Mangalore. The bus would take a break of half an hour. It so happened that once during one of these breaks, my dad treated us with these puffs... hmmm... yum yum yum... So from that day onwards, every time we went from our ancestral place to Mangalore, we would wait for the break and then suddenly we would be hungry. It was only after a couple of times that my dad figured out that it was the thought of Puffs that was making us hungry hahaha..

Sometime back I got a recipe for making vegetable puffs (my source being www.showmethecurry.com). You can eat these puffs during tea time or serve them as appetizers.

So here goes the recipe with a few changes that I did to suit my taste:
Puff Pastry Sheets – 1 box (from the frozen section of a grocery store. I used the Pillsbury brand)
For the Stuffing:
Oil – 1 tsp
Onions – 1/4 small, finely chopped
Ginger grated – 1 tsp
Garlic grated – 1tsp
Potato – 1 small, shredded
Salt – to taste
Carrots – 1/4, shredded
Paneer – 1/4 cup, shredded
Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
Cilantro – 2 tbsp finemly chopped
Dry Mango Powder (Amchur) – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder – to taste
Garam masala – ¼ tsp

1. Take the sheets of Puff Pastry out and thaw them at room temperature for about 40 minutes.
2. Pre-heat the Oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Now for the stuffing, take a small skillet and heat Oil on medium heat.
4. Once hot, add in the ginger and garlic. Then add the onions and saute till they turn translucent.
5. Add in the Potatoes and a little salt. Mix well, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes till the Potatoes are cooked.
6. Add in the Carrots and the Paneer. Mix.
7. Add in the spices – Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder, Garam Masala, Dry Mango Powder and Red Chili Powder. Lastly add the chopped cilantro leaves.
8. Mix really well and keep aside.
9. Cut the Pastry sheets strips into 3s to form a square.
10. Put 1 tbsp (approx) of the stuffing in the center.
11. Fold the Pastry Sheet to make a triangle.
12. Use a fork and gently, but firmly, press into the sides and press away (to form a design and help seal)
13. Put the Puffs on a cookie sheet lined with foil.
14. Place in the pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
15. Once they are out of the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to rest and cool down for 5 minutes.
16. Serve with chutney or ketchup.

·         You can add or remove the spices as per your taste needs.
·         As a variation to this, I made dry paneer burji and used it as the stuffing.
·         You can use stuffing of your choice like scrambled eggs etc. the Pastry sheets are like the blank canvas. You can decorate it the way you like it.

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