10 November 2006

Vegetable puffs

Here's a simple snack for a cold, rainy day. Takes hardly any time to put together, and totally delicious.

In the good old days, when it rained in the afternoon after college was out, it was understood that we'd all troop down to the friendly neighbourhood bakery and have some nice hot puffs, with a kadak chai. The warm layered pastry with a spicy vegetable filling was always guaranteed to hit the spot and give our spirits the badly needed boost to start cycling back home.

With store bought puff pastry, making this lovely snack becomes a breeze. Do try it out.

Vegetable puffs

3 large potatoes
1 cup frozen cut vegetables (thawed/defrosted)
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp garam masala or kitchen king
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

Microwave potatoes on high for 8-10 minutes. (potatoes can be parboiled too)
Peel potatoes and coarsely mash.
Heat oil. Add powdered masalas and fry for a few seconds.
Add potatoes and thawed vegetables.
Add salt to taste.
Stir well, and cook till dry.
Keep aside.

1 pack frozen Puff Pastry (thawed)

Preheat oven to 180C.
On a well floured surface, roll out thawed pastry to 3mm thick sheets.
Cut into 2" squares with a pizza cutter.
Taking 2 squares at a time, put 1 1/2 -2 tbsp of filling on one square. Cover with another. Seal edges with wet fingertips.
Transfer to baking tray. Repeat till all pastry and filling are used up.
bake in the lower rack of the oven for 15 mins, or till tops are golden brown.
Serve hot with tomato ketchup.


Anonymous said...

This is mine and my hubby K's alsolute favorite snack!!! Thanks for the recipe..I haven't made it in a while, I just might this weekend!

Ruchi said...

I have become a fan of your blog, your recipes remind me of good old days in India :) I love to cook and your blog gives me a lot of cool ideas. Today i am making these Vegetable puffs :) Thanks agian!

Manjari said...

This puffs remind me my school days too. Will try it soon. Today gonna try ur pani puri recipe..