Puff is one thing we used to get a lot from our neighbourhood bakery along with plum cake (sliced and packed in paper wrapper). In those days, baking anything at home was not an option. We did not have an oven. When I moved to US, I found puff pastry sheets and learnt how easy it was to make puffs with these. When I made Croissants from scratch, i learnt the 'Lamination' technique of layering dough and butter. Now I appreciate how hard it is to actually make Puffs.
Puffs come in different shapes in my hometown (guessing same in most places), based on the stuffing. For eg, Veg puffs are always made rectangular like here. Egg puffs are made squarish by pulling the corners together. Chicken puffs are made triangular. Its easy for the baker and customer to not make any mistakes. I guess that is why they are shaped like that :-)
I have used store bought puff pastry sheets for this recipe.
Puff Pastry sheet 1
Onion 1 big thinly sliced
Green chilli 3
Curry leaves few
Cumin/Jeera 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Oil and Salt as required
Method of Preparation
1. Heat oil in a pan. Add Cumin, green chilli and curry leaf.
2. When they sizzle, add sliced onions. Saute till it is nice and brown.
3. Add coriander powder, turmeric and salt. Mix well. Switch off after a few minutes. Split into 6 parts.
4. Boil water in a pan. Add some salt to it. (this will prevent the egg from leaking even if they collide and one of them breaks). Add the eggs. Cook for 10-12 minutes. Switch off. Drain water and add cold water. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Peal the eggs. Slice into 2.
5. Lay the pastry sheet on a surface. Mine was 15cm by 10 cm. So I cut them into 6 squares of 5 cm * 5cm. I felt it was slightly big. But cutting into 9 would have made it very little.
6. Place a portion of the onion mix on it.
7. Place a slice of egg cut side down.
8. Pull 2 sides and wrap over the egg. Usually, it will just reach. As mine were bigger squares, it wrapped around well.
9. Pull the other sides and cover the egg.
10. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
11. Brush with some milk.
12. Preheat an oven to 200C. Bake the puffs for 15-20 min. Mine were done in 18 min.
13. Cool in a wire rack. Serve!