Saturday, September 20, 2008

Curry Puffs

I finally did it ! D, if you're reading this, this is my improved version, even though some cracked because I was trying to over-stuff my curry puffs !

I've always wanted to make curry puffs but I know I can never make pretty pleats like the professionals & to make those light crisp rough puff pastry. I will not bring myself to use pastry margarine & don't even talk about lard, so the idea has been put off for some time.

Recently, I've been thinking about curry puffs again. So I searched & searched the net for the perfect baked puffs, with very little oil in the pastry due to once again health consciousness. Most of the recipes that I found are deep fried version. I didn't give up, finally found a pastry with only 3 Tbsp of oil, so I tried this recipe many weeks ago. Sad to say, the pastry was horrible. The pastry was chewy & not at all flaky. The whole batch of puffs were just smelling like baking soda ! Since most recipes require using pastry margarine or lard for the crispiness, I turn to my pie pastry which uses butter. Hubby wanted something lighter, so I googled again until I found SeaDragon's blog ! He has a post on baked short crust version curry puff which looks yummy. I went through the pastry & the oil content seems alright for the amount of flour. I've used only butter in making the pastry. It was alright, not very greasy & I think the addition of cornflour yields a slight melt-in-your-mouth pastry.
As for the filling, I was too greedy, added 4 potatoes & 6 onions. I've used 2 Tbsp of meat curry powder & omitted the coconut milk. Since my girls are also having the curry puffs, I didn't add any pepper or chilli powder.
As for shaping, I cheated by using a curry puff mould that I got from Giant. I've never been good in shaping pastries of any kind. From the portion of pastry I made, I got 18 balls of 30g each, just roll each ball into a round disc, pop it onto the mould, add some filling & closed the mould, press hard & a curry puff is done. Oh I've added some hard boiled eggs too.
I ended up with only 15 puffs because the other 3 went into the rubbish bin, I over-stuffed them that they were beyond saving ! I still have more than half of the filling left, will make another batch to share with friends (will remember you, D !)

I've brushed the puffs with egg yolks, baked them at 190C for 30mins. These were our lunch this afternoon.


Denise ^ ChiCkyEGG said...

ah!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to scream already! hahahaha so .. soo.. i dunno, was my '6th sense" telling me u're baking that ? u know what? Friday Nite! Suddenly ur curry puff pop into my mind, and I seriously wanted to 'remind' you to post ur recipe! HAAAHHA! but then i was thinking may be a bit too rude to ask for it! hahahah.... who knows? ;p
hey, U must remember me:p however, mon & Tue I wont be in KK. outstation. Otherwise.. I use ur recipe, and I cook ! hahha, I like ur puff with boiled egg! serious! 1st time I ate curry puff with boiled egg la, was it singaporen style? ;p

ganache-ganache said...

maybe it's my kampung style, our curry puffs have eggs inside, wl let you know when I make, won't be Mon/Tue lah.....

NEE said...

I have a recipe that uses only butter. the results is so good and flavourful greg would not eat anything other curry puffs store bought. I also tried baked paus with butter. excellent results too.

Good on you to try!

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

i don't eat curry puffs unless they r homemade, n i hate the puff pastry puffs. these look yummy, but where's the pastry recipe? on the link?

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

er..can i make a suggestn? if u don't moderate ur comments, there's not much need for word verificatn! typing some of these verificatns is like taking an eye test n an IQ TEST! i had to type 4 times to get the above comment in n who knows how many more for this one...:)

SIG said...

I've been putting off baking curry puffs too, but might make some this coming Friday. The pleats look great, can't believe they are made using mould.

ganache-ganache said...

Nee : Yes, hubby will not eat anything made with man-made oil too ! Pau is one thing hubby loves so much but I can never enclose the filling properly, how I wish there's a 'pau mould' !!

Terri : I agree with you on puff pastry puff, so damn oily ! Ya, the recipe is on the link @ SD's blog. I didn't realise abt the word verification thing, when I started my blog I just leave the setting as it is, I also have to strain my eyes, haha... I've removed it, thanks for letting me know

SIG : I find it so easy to use mould & it's fun too, but one thing about using mould, you can't over-stuff the puff !

Christy said...

Hey, that looks great!:)

ganache-ganache said...

Thanks, Christy !

F.Lee said...

I have been searching Chinatown, NYC
for a curry puff mold and can't find one. There is no Giant in NY. do you know where else I can purchase one?

ganache-ganache said...

Hi F.Lee, I'm afraid I don't know where to purchase the curry puff mould in NYC. I used a mould becos' I'm bad in shaping, actually if you're good in pleating the edges,u won't need it, just use a round cookie cutter to cut out the dough. Hope this helps :)

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