Monday, March 11, 2013

Tasty and yummy vegetable puffs- A perfect and complete snack



Here is a lip smacking snack loved by everybody.  Its crunchy outside and the smooth masala veggies inside, a perfect and complete fulfilling snack.  In my childhood, we used to go to the nearby "Varghese Bakery' to have one of these and this treat was reserved for special occasions.  Hot puffs removed from the baker's small oven smeared with some tomato sauce used to heavenly. 
Last week, when my daughter called me to tell that she just finished making puffs at home, my initial reaction was 'Ahhhhhhhh". I always thought it to be laborious and once she explained to me, I totally agreed with her and  it was easy breezy to prepare veggie puff.
You can subsitute your own choice of filling, enjoy the treat :):) 

Vegetable Puff recipe:

Ingredients:



Puff pastry sheets: 12 nos (small squares)
Mixed vegetables (finely chopped): Potato, carrots, beans, peas, lima beans, bell peppers
Onion: 1 large
Green chillies: 2nos (depending on the spice)
Cumin seeds: 1tsp
Red chilli powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
Cilantro/corriander leaves
Curry leaves: a sprig
Oil: 2 tsp
Salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees along with a pizza stone.
  2. Pour some oil into a pan, add the cumin seeds and let it splutter
  3. Add the curry leaves and onion to this. Fry the onion until it is translucent (cooked).
  4. Add the red chillies and turmeric.
  5. Add the mixed vegetables and salt.  Cover this and cook the vegetables for a few minutes until it has a slight crunch to it.  Note that, when you bake the puff, the vegetables will cook some more.  Do not overcook the vegetables.  Let it sit for sometime to cool.  Add the chopped cilantro. 
  6. I thawed the puff pastry sheet for 1 hr. Apply some all purpose flour and roll out thesheetsthe sheets. Use some all purpose flour if the puff pastry is very sticky. This will also ensure your puff pastry does not stick to the pizza stone. (My first one got stuck to the pizza stone- lesson learnt :-)) 
  7. Place vegetables on one half of the puff pastry sheet.
  8. Roll over the other half.
  9. Make sure to leave ½ cm on the sides. Use a fork and seal the edges.





 
10.  A lot of people brush the puff pastry with egg to get a golden brown gloss. I do not like the flavor   of egg on my puff pastry sheets and hence I used some milk (to be very honest it added only a slightly more crunch to my already crunchy puff pastry :-))

11.  Place the puff pastry on the pre-heated pizza stone and into the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. 
12.  My first puff was slightly brown as I had exceeded the time and was worried I would burn it. But, let the puff pastry bake in oven until you see a golden brown cover. This will ensure the puff pastry is cooked through and stay crunchy for a longer time.



13.   Enjoy with some Maggie ketchup (I used hot and sweet- yum!)

      'Life is too short and I'm Italian. I'd much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 'O' -Sophia Bush


52 comments:

  1. Seeing these puffs reminds me of the "Honest bakery" near our college...the puffs used to be so good..yours looks wonderful

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  2. Never seen people saying no to this flaky beauties, obviously its my all time fav too.

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  3. Who will say no to this yumm snack!!

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  4. I love veggie puffs. I have not been able to have the same taste out of India. Used to love having them after school. Yours looks good. Good Job of creating your nostalgic snack.

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  5. Very yummy and inviting puffs..best tea time snack..it's fabulous.

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  6. i am addicted to these puffs.. yumm ones..

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  8. We love Veggie puffs. The filling can be changed in number of ways is the best thing about these.
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  9. Nothing like having a puff with a cup of masala tea..

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  10. never say no to this yummy snack..love savory puffs anytime...loved ur filling!

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  12. Perfect with a cup of tea,yummy snack.

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  14. Vegetable puff looks crunchy and yummy.

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  15. I would love one of those now..looks so yummy :)

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  16. Delicious vegetable Puffs my favorite.

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  17. Oh! these veggy puffs have the inviting look.

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  19. Puffs look crunchy and delicious.I too won't add egg for brushing the pastries, as I hate wasting one egg...just using a little and won't know what to do with excess in odd times:) Milk or butter brushing is good. Love the way u explained....yummy!

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  20. Love Vegetable puffs !!! They look lip smacking good. Love your step by step directions, I'm getting inspired to make them soon. Good to see you back. Missed you and was wondering about you.

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  21. our favourite tea time snack looks wonderful

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  22. Wow! Love love love vegetable puffs and this looks absolutely delicious!

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  23. Feel like grabbing it,my fav :)

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  32. Your puffs look so delicious. Loved them a lot!

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  33. Lovely puffs. I will also go for milk as am allergic to egg. Love your colorful spicy filling too.

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  34. Where were you when I was a vegetarian! This looks fantastic, I need to save this so I can make it later!

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  35. I just love veggie puffs! thank you for the recipe. Sounds quite simple and easy :)
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  39. That is yummy puffs. I make it more often. Thanks for birthday wishes to my daughter, she a great fun .

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  40. Lovely Puffss.. awesome with Indian Chai :)

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