Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chicken Puffs


In India, by evening the bakeries are filled with a different variety of hot puffs. Though I am not a big fan of these puffs, my family loves them a lot.


Here in the US as we get them very rarely, I bake them once in a while for my puffs loving daughter and husband. Now as my in-laws are here, I make sure they eat fresh homemade snack along with their evening tea and puffs have become a common one.



I usually bake egg puffs and paneer puffs. These chicken puffs, I made for the first time and is a huge hit. This is a perfect snack for guests. Make the chicken filling and fold it in the pastry sheet. Arrange them on a baking tray and when needed just bake and serve hot puffs.
Enjoy them as it is, or douse them generously with ketchup and bite into this splendid treat.


Ingredients:
  1. Puff pastry Sheets- 10 square sheets
  2. Boneless Chicken Pieces- 1 Cup
  3. Green Chillies (chopped)- 2 tbsp
  4. Pepper Powder- 1 Tsp
  5. Red Chilli Powder- 1 Tsp
  6. Turmeric Powder- 1/2 Tsp
  7. Salt- as required
  8. Tomato Sauce- 1 tbsp
  9. Garam Masala- 1tsp
  10. Fennel Powder- 1/2 Tsp
  11. Onions (chopped)- 1 no
  12. Ginger and Garlic Paste- 1 tbsp
  13. Oil- 1 tbsp
  14. Egg- 1 no

Method:
  1. Depending upon the instructions on the pack of puff pastry sheets, thaw them for some time. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Chop the washed and drained chicken pieces into small cubes. Keep this aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped onions, green chilies. Stir till they turn translucent. Add the ginger- garlic paste, fry for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, fennel powder. Stir till the raw smell disappears. Add the tomato sauce along with salt.
  5. Saute well, add the chopped chicken pieces and cook until done. If any moisture is left cook till the gravy becomes dry. 
  6. Take one squared pastry sheet and place a tbsp of chicken masala in the middle of the sheet and fold in the desired shape.
  7. Repeat with the remaining till the sheets and chicken masala is finished. Beat the egg and do the egg wash on top of the folded puffs for a shiny finish.
  8. Arrange on a lined tray and bake for about 15- 20 minutes. The top will turn golden brown color.
  9. Serve them along with hot tea or coffee.



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