Vegetable Puffs is a favourite snack and I remember the endless times we've had these back in India. I missed them when I came here until one day when a friend mentioned using them to make veg puffs. The so-called "pups" (remember that?)are a breeze to make with the frozen pastry sheets.
I made these puffs using the traditional standard veggie filling found in most puffs in Indian bakeries(or atleast in all the places I've eaten these from!)
You will need:
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (thawed)
1 potato small cubed
½ cup fresh/frozen peas
1 carrot chopped
½ cup chopped green beans
1 tsp Garam masala
½ tsp Cumin seeds
½ tsp Chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp Oil
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Boil veggies in boiling water for 3-5 minutes, till just done but not overcooked. Drain and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and when it begins to splutter add the garam masala and red chilli powder. Let it sizzle for a few seconds and then add the boiled veggies. Toss to combine well. Season with salt and let mixture cool.
Meanwhile spread the thawed puff pastry sheet, and lightly roll to thin it out a little. Cut into equal sized rectangles. Place a spoon of the filling on one half of the cut rectangle, and fold the other half over the filling. Press sides to seal the pastry.
You can brush the top with beaten egg to help the puffs brown well. Otherwise bake for a minute longer to achieve the golden colour.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Keep a close watch after 15 minutes and remove when done. Serve hot with your favourite ketchup.
These are great while sitting at home or when on the road so I'm sending them to the "Travel Food Festival" hosted by dear Easy over at Simple Indian Food.
Another version of veggie puffs over at dear Rajitha's blog.