Friday, June 11, 2010

Curry Puff Recipe- How to make?

Believe me, when in Malaysia, nobody bothers to make their own curry puffs at home. Well, I sure didn't. Curry Puffs are very popular in Malaysia and Singapore and usually served as snacks anytime of the day.

It is basically curry chicken and potatoes fillings and deep-fried in a pastry shell. The fillings may be similar to Asian Samosa though the outer pastry is different. Curry puffs are easily available in Malay and Indian food stalls and even Ikea Malaysia sells delicious curry puffs for just RM1 per piece. (USD 30cents).

Now that I am in Dallas USA where curry puffs are only available at one restaurant (as I know of), I was naturally excited to put my newly "certified baker" to good use!! Haha, I took a part time course in baking and got a certificate! You can read about it at my last posting.

Everything turned out well, the only part I did not like about curry puffs was that it is deep-fried. I am not sure if I ever ate a baked version, but maybe I will try it next time. Anyone has baked curry puffs before?

Simple ingredients

Part 1 Filling:
1/2 cup of finely diced chicken breast meat
2 large potatoes (boiled and diced)
1 medium red onion (finely chopped)

Curry mix - mix together with 1/2 cup of water to make paste
2 tablespoon of meat or chicken curry powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (as desired if you want it spicy)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of water

2 Hard Boiled Eggs (quartered)

Oil for deep frying.

Part 2 Dough :

Pastry Dough A (Outer)- knead into a dough
250gm All Purpose Flour
60gm Shortening
20gm Sugar
4gm Salt
140gm Water

Pastry Dough B (Inner) - knead into a dough
100gm high Ratio Flour (Cake Flour)
65gm of Shortening (or you can use Vege/Olive Oil)

Simple steps

1. Make the filling first. Heat oil in pan and fry onion till fragrant. Add the curry paste mixture and stir fry till fragrant. make sure fire is low to prevent from burning. Add the chicken, potato sugar, salt and a dash of pepper. Add water and cook for 5 mins till mix is dry and cooked. Leave aside to cool.

2. Divide both doughs into 2 (equal sizes).
With a rolling pin, roll dough A into a flat round shape (thicker in the middle).
Take dough B and put in the middle of dough A. Wrap up the sides and close up dough B completely. With the rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangular shape. From the top, roll the dough into a swiss-like roll. This is to make swirls on the skin of the curry puffs.

With a bread knife, cut up the dough into 10 - 15 pcs. Roll out each piece and fill the middle with chicken curry filling. Fold into two and pleat the joint edges.

Repeat the same process for the second dough.

3. Deep fry at 180'C till light golden brown

And there you have it, homemade curry puffs right out of my kitchen. I am happy!


Linda said...

Thanks for recipe. I always wondered how to make the swirls on the curry puffs!

mysimplefood said...

Thanks Linda. It's easy, just a little bit more work that traditional way.

Rice Palette said...

Holy smokes, I've never had curry puffs before!! This looks amazing!

Nate @ House of Annie said...

Great job! I love Malaysian curry puffs.

Though I like deep fried food, I also am not fond of deep frying. Would love to know if baked curry puffs come out as good.

mysimplefood said...

Hi Rice Palette - You must try it. It is yummy!

Hi Nate - How are you in Malaysia? When are you going back to the States? I will try to bake it one day but I guess the skin texture will not be the same.

Anonymous said...

Hiya. I was reading your recipe and I love the pics btw. Very appetizing!! The two boiled eggs...what's that for?

mysimplefood said...

Hi!! - The hard boiled eggs is also added into the filling. This is optional but curry and hard boiled eggs goes very well together. I highly recommend it.

billy said...

i wonder is it still crispy when cool? is it hard & crispy or soft & crispy?

mysimplefood said...

Billy - Hmmm, hard to say cos I usually put my curry puff in the fridge so and then bake it a bit before eating. I would think it would be soft crispy cos I don't put any preservatives but if you bake it a bit before you eat it will be nice and crispy and warm too.

Anonymous said...

You should try baked curry puffs. I don't know how to make them but my aunt always make baked curry puff and they are very tasty!

Caren said...

Hi there, how many puffs can this recipe make?

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