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Chicken Curry Puffs

Chicken Curry Puffs

The British left behind many legacies when they quit India. The most perceived is, of course, the pervasive presence of the English language in the average Indian's life, which, has largely contributed to the country being catapulted as a significant player on the global scene.

I am indeed thankful for the many other subtleties that are not always mainstream. Being married to a Parsi, these little things are brought much more often to my notice. Parsis were the most anglicized during the British Raj and perhaps, even maligned for their adoption of many English traditions. But, they are a lot more clued into the Queen's culture than most Indians. Besides being originally Persian also helps!

Chicken-Curry-&-Puffs

One of the little things that I am glad was a fallout of colonization, is tea with pastries. Bakeries are a true delight to me and the smell of fresh, baking bread and pastries is the best ever mood booster! And, I love the fact that the bakeries have savory and sweet treats for the so inclined.

Tea, as you all know, is my favorite time of the day. Since I was a kid, I have loved having something warm with my tea. At home, mum would make a simple snack, like upma or more exotic stuff on weekends, like masala vadai. And, some days, when she stepped out for errands she would stop by a bakery and pick up fresh Puffs!! Those were my absolute favorites!

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Chicken or Egg puffs;spicy stuffing encased in flaky pastry. Hard to ask for more pleasure in life! In India, making pastry isn't that easy but here it's a simple joy, especially with frozen pastry sheets so easily available. I made these puffs on a cold day recently with leftover chicken curry, spicy, aromatic and warming. The curry itself makes for a great main course with rice or roti...



Chicken Curry Puffs

2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg yolk whisked with 1 tsp milk for egg wash

Chicken Curry
(you won't need all of it for the puffs but you can make a meal of it with rice/bread/roti)

1/2 kg boneless chicken thighs
1 large onion, diced fine
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup whole milk yogurt
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp garam masala or curry powder
2 T fresh cilantro, chopped
salt per taste

Cut the chicken into bit size pieces and marinate in the spice mix, salt and yogurt. Refrigerate for an hour.

Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft. Add the chicken and saute uncovered for five minutes. Cover and cook stirring occasionally, until the meat is cooked through. If there is a lot of water, cook uncovered till the sauce/gravy is thickened.

Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with rice/roti or use as stuffing

To Assemble:

Roll out the pastry to one inch wider on each side. Cut 3 inch circles of the puff pastry. Place a bit of filling in the center. Brush the edges with egg wash and cover with another circle of pastry. Crimp the edges with a fork.

Bake at 400 F for 15-20 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Cool for a few minutes but serve warm. Store in an airtight container. They are yummy cold too :D

21 comments:

  1. I am so much craving for these amazing puffs! Love its shape.

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  2. Those look fabulous! Now I know what to do with my leftover frozen homemade puff pastry. Gorgeous shots.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Simple and yummy :) As with frying techniques, puff pastry makes everything yummy and stylish :D Even better if the filling is yummy by itself ;)
    What about filling it with some Dhansak for instance? :D

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  4. Your puff pastries came out beautifully !
    I would never think of filling them with curry, so that's a good idea I should keep in mind ;)

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  5. Oh I miss these-big time. I make a simpler potato version for get togethers --they're a great party pleaser. But the chicken ones---oh you have me lusting for some right now!!

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  6. I'm a HUGE fan of frozen puff pastry just because u can make awesomeness like this in minutes and also in short notice! Chicken curry puff is a great Indian twist to the traditional savory puffs.

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  7. Great way indeed to use leftovers... ;)

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  8. What a great way to use leftover chicken ... love the idea of a warm savory snack with afternoon tea. I can see having a couple of these warm puffs with a salad for a light lunch also! Delicious!

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  9. They're beautiful. So elegant and fun too!

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  10. I love love anything to do with puff pastry. They are just so versatile for both sweet and avoury snacks. Love your version!

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  11. Never had a chicken puff in India but I can smell and taste veggie puffs and the all the goodies in the corner bakery...maybe I'll make some veggie puffs this weekend

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  12. I've just bookmarked this recipe Asha. Im particularly excited to try the chicken curry recipe. Especially with some rice or roti.

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  13. Delicious. No one could resist the puffs.

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  14. Whenever I see curry puffs on a menu, I always have to order them. A massive weakness. Strangely, I've made puff pastry myself. I've made a million curries myself. But never tried curry puffs. I am definitely going to give this a try. They look AMAZING!!!

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  15. I have some leftover beef curry from yesterday and now I know exactly what to do with it! Thanks

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  16. Ah, I still have a pack of frozen puff pastry. Such great idea. :)

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  17. These look delicious! Puff pastry and curry, a few of these would make a great lunch!

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  18. Oh these look good- I am definitely printing this recipe ! Thanks - ceecee

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  19. I like almost anything encased in puff pastry, but these are such a classic that I don't know of anyone who can just eat one!

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