I did not blog for one day but feel that its been ages since I blogged last. Weird! I wanted to blog about the aloo puffs (Stuffed puffs with a spicy potato filling) I made on Sunday but could not do so till today. There are two reasons for the delay.
One, my computer – it got infected by a virus and I could not access anything! Luckily, I was able to switch on my computer in Safe mode and delete the root cause file. Then, I installed MalwareBytes, and that too deleted some infected files and when I restarted, my computer was back with me! What a relief! But it did give me a scare!
Two, yesterday I was busy mapping out what all I have in my pantry and the refrigerator. The thing is, in two weeks time I am leaving for India on a looooong vacation. 🙂 🙂 So, I have two weeks to finish the frozen blueberries, cranberries and the other stuff I have in the refrigerator that I am sure V will not use. (Yes, V is not coming along :(!). And, yesterday was spent figuring out how I would do that without throwing it all in the dustbin!
Well, now, the list is made and each day, for the next two weeks, I have some experiment lined up. Its going to be real busy in the kitchen till I leave. For today, I had Indian styled chowmein and a raspberry cake on the list. Tomorrow, it is okra and chilli paneer and of course, Office Thursday!
On Sunday, I used the leftover puff pastry dough (from the time I made the apple turnovers) to make some puffs stuffed with a spicy potato filling. These puffs are very popular in Indian bakeries and a famous to-go for tea parties at home. One of my friends had made these puffs as a snack for us on our trip to Vegas. So, while thinking of ways to use up the leftover pastry dough- I though this was the perfect way to use them.
V loved them. I mean he loves everything I make (I think he is just nice) but these puffs- he really did love them. Even looking at the pictures now while I was writing my blog, he was like- I want more! 🙂 The pastry puffed up beautifully and the filling was perfect for Sunday breakfast!
- 1/2 Puff Pastry dough
- Spicy Potato filling
For the spicy potato filling:
- 3 potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
- 1/2 big onion or 1 small onion
- 1-2 tbsp oil,
- 1.5 tsp cumin seeds
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- Handful of chopped cilantro
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp garam masala
- Juice of half a lemon
See the procedure for thawing and rolling the puff pastry dough here. Instead of 9 squares I cut the dough to make 5 bigger puffs. For the filling:
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Add the cumin seeds to the hot oil.
- Once the cumin seeds stop crackling, add the onions and fry till they turn translucent.
- Add the ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute. Add the green chillies and sauté for a few seconds.
- Add the red chilli powder and turmeric. Mix.
- Mix in the potato and peas well.
- Add in the salt and the garam masala and fry for a minute or two.
- Add the lemon juice and the cilantro. And mix on heat for another minute.
- Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool completely before you spoon it on to the puff pastry.
- Spoon the filling on the pastry and seal the ends of the pastry (as explained here).
- Brush the tops of the closed pastry with an egg wash.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 400 F and then at 375 F for 15 minutes.
- Serve hot with mint chutney or ketchup.