Wednesday, January 17, 2007
One of my all time favorite snack, the puffs come in so varieties. There is the veggie puff, egg puff, mince meat etc etc. And depending on what part of the country you are in, the basic ingredients and veggies change. Some use beans others beets, cauliflower and what not. Some add lemon juice or amchur (mango powder) others skip the garam masala altogether.
Potato -1 large
Onion-1/2 finely chopped
Green Peas - 1/2 cup
Carrot - 1/2 cup chopped into small cubes
Ginger - 1' piece finely chopped
Garlic -1 clove finely chopped
Turmeric Powder -a pinch
Red chili Powder -1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala -1/2 tsp
Green Chilli -3 finely chopped
Coriander leaves - chopped a few sprigs
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tbsp
Puff pastry sheet (thawed)
Steam the potato in the jacket until soft, the idea being not to boil it with water where there are chances of it absorbing lot of the water. You can also use the microwave achieve the same result using the baked potato setting. Let it cool, in the mean time coarsely grind the ginger and garlic with a mortar and pestle. Heat 1 1/2 tsp of oil and splutter the seeds, add the crushed ginger garlic paste, green chili. Then add the chopped veggies (onion, green peas and carrots) and saute for 5 minutes until the onions become translucent. Add the turmeric powder, chili powder, cumin powder, garam masala and salt and stir for 2 minutes. Mash/ crumble the cooled potato and add it to the pan. Cook for 5 more minutes. Add the lemon juice, coriander leaves and mix. Turn of the heat.
Preheat the oven at 400C. Using a rolling pin spread the puff pastry. Cut the pastry into desired shape and place 2 tbsp of the mixture on one side of it and then bring the other side over the the mixture. Use a little oil to stick the edges firmly. Place the puffs in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes, until you see the golden color.
Remove from the oven and serve.
You can get the puff pastry from the frozen section at your local supermarket or stores like Dominick's and Jewel. You can also get it online from amazon.com
You can also substitute this whole stuffing with dry/ gravy (you will need to make the gravy dry) leftovers you want to finish.