August 29, 2008
This was one of my older recipes without detailed instructions, and I am re-doing this as one of my friends tried it out and was not sure of the assembling method. So I decided to help her out with step wise procedure that I have adapted.
If you have not tasted Egg puffs from the Indian bakeries, then you really have missed something... I tried to imitate it with the help of puff pastry (which is a blessing in disguise!). I cannot imagine making the pastry sheets from scratch, those layers of dough and butter! I would'nt even want to know how much butter they use to make these sheets, but they taste out of this world. Definitely not a very healthful recipe, but everything in moderation is "the" mantra right?
I made this for a cooking competition, and had to make like 50 of them, and hence the difference in shapes, normally I would just fold corners to make a neat little packet as shown in the procedure. One addition that we normally would not find in the Indian version would be fennel. I use a small fennel bulb and it lended a wonderful flavor to it.
The egg-wash step is mandatory if you want that golden sheen on the egg puffs.
If you have not tried to make it, this is one for life.
Puff pastry sheet (Pepperidge farm) – 1 sheet
Hard boiled eggs (shelled and cut in half length-wise) – 3 nos
Red onions – 2 large
Fennel – 1 small bulb (Optional)
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Powdered cumin seeds –1/4 tsp
Curry leaves – 4-5 leaves
Oil – 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida – a pinch
Salt to taste
Thaw the pastry sheet in the refrigerator overnight, or at room temperature for 40 min.
Heat the oil in a pan, add cumin powder & curry leaves, immediately add the onions and cook them on medium low until they start turning transparent brown. Add fennel and sauté for a couple of minutes.
Add the garam masala, chilli powder, asafoetida and salt and sauté for another 2 min.
Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface, do not attempt to roll it too thin. Cut the pastry sheet into 6 rectangles.
Place a tablespoon of the onion mixture on a strip and then a half of the boiled egg, cut side down. Fold the pastry over the egg and seal the edges by pressing the edges together.
Place it on a baking tray/cookie sheet and brush with egg wash (one whole egg slightly beaten)
Bake in a 400F degree oven (or as mentioned in the pastry sheet package instructions) till the top is golden brown.
Server warm with sliced scallions.
I am sending this to Hima's Sunday Snacks event
On another note:
Paru of "Brindavan Recipes" has tagged me for a Meme :)
I had almost forgotten in the grind of everyday routine. Sorry for the delay Paru :(
I will make up for it by sending it to 10 people instead of 5 :)
The rules of the MeMe are:
* Pick up the nearest book
* Open to page 123
* Find the 5th sentence
* Post the next three sentences
* Tag 5 people and acknowledge the person who tagged you.
Ok here I go:
The nearest book is "Secret" by Rhonda Byrne, and the "3 lines" that make sense are:
"When you feel bad about yourself, you block the love and instead you
attract more people and situations that will continue to make you feel
bad about you"
That makes you want to read the book, is'nt it? It is definitely a great book and a must read for all.
Now, I am tagging: (Dont roll your eyes people, I love your blogs) :)
Oops that would be 11 people, Come on guys! I am just curious about what you all are reading! LOL