ALOO PUFFS

by Shumaila

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!

ALOO PUFFS

Ingredients

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

Directions

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:

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Add the cumin seeds to the hot oil.
  3. Once the cumin seeds stop crackling, add the onions and fry till they turn translucent.
  4. Add the ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute. Add the green chillies and sauté for a few seconds.
  5. Add the red chilli powder and turmeric. Mix.
  6. Mix in the potato and peas well.
  7. Add in the salt and the garam masala and fry for a minute or two.
  8. Add the lemon juice and the cilantro. And mix on heat for another minute.
  9. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool completely before you spoon it on to the puff pastry.
  10. Spoon the filling on the pastry and seal the ends of the pastry (as explained here).
  11. Brush the tops of the closed pastry with an egg wash.
  12. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 F and then at 375 F for 15 minutes.
  13. Serve hot with mint chutney or ketchup.
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