This has been a long pending post. I got a chance to try it out last week and we loved it. Vegetable Puffs brings back memories of our days in Pune. "Hindustan Bakery" is a famous bakery which is very famous for these puffs. Usually, these used to be our Sunday morning breakfast. The hot puffs with tomato ketchup. Wow...it feels so nostalgic.
1) 1 pastry sheet thawed at room temperature
2) 4-5 medium sized boiled potatoes. Mash them and keep aside.
3) 1 cup boiled green peas or frozen
4) 1 tspn fennel seeds
5) 1 tspn mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder each
6) a pinch of asafoetida
7) 1 tbspn cumin-coriander powder and red chilli powder each
8) Salt to taste and Oil for frying
1) Thaw the pastry sheets at room temperature.
2) Preheat the oven at 450 degrees.
2) Heat oil in a skillet. Add the fennel seeds. It leaves a very nice aroma. Then add the mustard seeds followed by cumin seeds, turmeric powder and asafoetida.
3) Now add in the peas and the mash potatoes. Mix well and add in all the powders and salt to taste.
4) Cover for few minutes and cook it. Turn off the gas and let it cool completely.
5) By this time the pastry sheets are thawed completely. Take some All Purpose Flour and roll the sheets with the rolling pin. Now, cut them into small rectangles. I used the Pepperidge brand from Walmart. And I made 9 puffs out of 1 pastry sheet. You get a packet of 2 sheets.
6) Take 2 spoonfuls of the potato-peas mixture in the rectangle and cover it sealing the sides with water so that the stuffing does not come out.
7) Repeat this for all the rectangles.
8) Bake it for about 20 minutes. Take them out and let them cool for some time.
9) Serve them with ketchup.
You can make any filling of your choice. Non-Vegetarians can fill in Kheema and make Kheema pattice. Enjoy!!!