Back home in India, you are sure to tumble on these hot buys in any bakery. Early in the evenings, the inviting smell of these puff pastries make sure you don't go home without buying them. So just to recreate one such memory, we tried an easier version of these Egg Puffs using store bought Pastry sheets.
Puff pastry sheets: 1 sheet (which makes about 4-5 puffs)
* We have used and recommend the Pepperridge Farm pastry sheets. 2 sheets come in one box.
Eggs (hard boiled): 2-3
Onions (finely chopped): 1/2 cup
Tomatoes (pureed) :1
Ginger-garlic paste: 1 1/2 teaspoon
Green chillies (chopped): 2-3
Curry leaves: a few
Cilantro/Coriander leaves: handful
Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
Chilli powder: 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
Chicken masala: 2-3 teaspoons
Pepper powder: a pinch
Saunf/Perinjeerakam (slightly powdered): 1 teaspoon
Tomato ketchup/Sugar: 1 teaspoon
Egg wash to brush
* You can make the egg wash by beating one egg with a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar.
Heat oil in a pan, saute the ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, curry leaves and chopped onions. Sprinkle some salt and saute well. Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder, chicken masala and pepper powder. Mix well. When the masala starts to coat the onions, add the tomato puree and keep sauteing until it all comes together. Add chopped cilantro leaves and crushed sauf and stir. Add tomato ketchup/sugar and give final mix. Adjust the salt and spice levels. Let it cool. Slice the boiled eggs and add it into this mixture. Give a gentle mix making sure the eggs doesn't get completely crushed.
Meanwhile take out pastry sheet from the refrigerator and let it sit out in room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you make the puffs. Divide the sheet into 4-5 pieces and roll out into a square using a little flour. Place a scoop of the filling into the center and fold all 4 sides like shown in the picture. Brush a little egg wash on the corners and the top side. Preheat the oven to 400 ° F and bake until pastry rises and gets golden brown. Takes about 20-30 minutes for 4-6 puffs. Enjoy it hot.