Back in action with Crispy and spicy vegetable puff

I have been away from the blogging world for almost 3 weeks now and it feels like forever. But I’m back in action!!! So many wonderful things have happened in the last 3 weeks including my first scientific publication, writing a book chapter, writing my PhD thesis and several dance performances,  that kept me away from my camera. Ofcourse, cooking happened regularly because nothing can keep me away from food :). Anyway, several crazy weekends later I have finally found time to use my camera and hence decided to update my blog. This weekend was more of a chai drinking…book reading…sleep/relaxation weekend. Hence I wanted to make something that would go well with chai and there was only one thing that came to my mind: Vegetable puff. I’ve had some really yummy ones during my undergrad days in Chennai. The crispy outer layers and the spicy potato based stuffing inside…Ooohhh…YUM. There are several ways of making the  stuffing but here I will be presenting my mom’s recipe. With the frozen pastry sheets this dish is so easy to make.

You can either use pastry sheets or pastry shells. With pastry sheets you have to cut them to suit your requirements whereas the pastry shells can be used directly because they have been precut.

Ingredients:

Onion – 1 large (chopped)

Tomato- 2 (chopped)

Veggies:

Potato – 3 large (boiled and mashed)

Carrots – 1 cup (boiled and mashed)

Peas- 1 cup (boiled)

Spices:

Garlic – 3 pods

Chilli powder- One and a half tsp

Coriander power – 2 tsp

Salt to taste

Cumin seeds – 1tsp

Oil – 2 tsp

Cilantro

To make the stuffing:

1.  Boil all the vegetables and mash them up. I usually boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker (3 whistles) and the carrots & peas (in water) in the microwave.

2. In a sauté pan, add 2 tsp oil and add cumin seeds and sauté till the seeds turn golden brown.

3. Add chopped onion and garlic and sauté till the onion turns translucent and slightly golden.

4. Now add the tomatoes and sauté for another 3-4 mintes.

5. Now add the spices (chilli, coriander and salt) and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

6. Add the mashed vegetables and cook them till the veggies take up all the spices.

7. Add finely chopped cilantro at the very end and mix it well.

Now the veggie stuffing is ready


To make the outer layer:

You can either use pastry sheets or pastry shell:

Pastry shell:

1. Thaw the shells at room temperature and bake them at 400F for about 17-20 minutes (till the outer coat  becomes nice golden brown) in a baking dish.


2. Cut open the shells and place 1 tbsp of stuffing (depending on how much stuffing you want to add) into the bottom half of the shell and close the top half to make a nice sandwich.

Pastry sheet:

1. Cut the pastry sheets into 4 slices (as shown in the picture).


2. Place the masala on one of the sides and use the other half to cover it


3. Bake it for 20 minutes at 400F with the stuffing inside.


So the basic difference is that the pastry sheets are baked with the stuffing inside and the pastry shells are baked separately and the stuffing is added later.


Serve it with tomato ketchup.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Balaji says:

    Like the organization of the pictures and the detailing!! Keep it up!

  2. Harini says:

    It looks yummy Suru 🙂 Like your detailed explanation at every step supported by pics. Fantastic presentation. keep it up:)

    1. Thanks Harini 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    Mmmm…this is making me hungry! Looks delicious as always!

  4. Rethas says:

    Lovely Surabi! It looks frikkin delicious. Make us (me) some when you’re here. Or will we be running around doing other important stuff?

    Looking forward to seeing you here soon.

    1. Yeah.ofcourse will make all of this and more 🙂

  5. Nivy says:

    This is brilliant ! I am such a fan!

  6. Niv says:

    May your tribe grow.

  7. bonchanteur says:

    This recipe looks delicious and your pictures are so crisp that I feel as though I am in front of these amazing puffs!

    1. Thanks a lot 🙂 Glad you like it /

  8. Solomon Paul says:

    Hi. Surabi…… Nice to see the appetizing dishes. Your presentation and photography look really great and appealing. I should make an attempt to do one of these dishes or drive to Houston. Good Job..

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