Egg Puffs

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Some foods may not be totally segmented into one particular genre, culturally, or otherwise. Such is the case for the recipe presented here.  No one quite knows of it's inception, how it evolved into present day popular nosh status or even it's questionable origins. Though, it isn't categorized as authentic "Indian food", this overlap of European pastry plugged with curried filling displays a harmonious fusion of two starkly different textures and tastes, a sort of East meets West conjugation. This unique short eat/snack/appetizer (and maybe breakfast item) is known as the egg puffs and as per popular demand, possibly can be recognized as Indian.
Churned out in unusually high numbers at local bakeries throughout India (more so in the South), it is  on most occasions the first thing that disappears from behind the display counters before midday. Had with a cup of chai/coffee, the filled puff pastry is a well- favored, sought- after and preferred teatime munch.
In comparison, it  is most similar to a turnover, savory - yes, spicy- gratifyingly so.
Puffs or pattice in Indian culinary nomenclature are usually spiced fillings,in many instances accompanied by a substantial protein and enwombed in rich layered pastry dough. Egg puffs are nothing more than  boiled eggs spun in masala ,wrapped in this pastry. 
 
Masala is a South Asian concept and varies according to country and region. It is a mix of spices, which can be dry roasted, ground, like the one used in the vindaloo paste, sauteed for a gravy like sauce, or even combined with additional zesty ingredients. The masala for the eggs is fried along with onion, ginger and garlic .
 Ingredients:
 
 Egg masala filling~
  • 12 boiled eggs
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1  diced onion 
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • half of a jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
For the puff pastry ~
  • packaged frozen puff pastry  – 2 sheets
  • small bowl of water
Method for the filling:
 
  • Thaw the frozen pastry sheet in the refrigerator overnight, or at room temperature the same day for 30-40 minutes until soft and easy to work with.
  • Have 12 hard boiled eggs peeled and ready.
  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Heat the oil in a pan, throw in curry leaves and mustard seeds. Allow the mustard to start  popping, immediately add the onions. Cook them on medium flame until they become browned and slightly caramelized. 
  • Stir in ginger, garlic, jalapeno and saute for 2-3 minutes until cooked.
  • Add the coriander, cayenne, garam masala, cumin. Saute for additional 2 minutes until oil slowly separates and rises above.
  • Turn off heat, add salt, eggs and and combine with masala.

Assembling the puffs~

    • Using a rolling pin, roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface, do not attempt to make it too thin.
    • Cut each puff pastry sheet into 6 extended squares (large enough to wrap whole egg). You should have 12 total from 2 sheets of pastry. 
    • Forming a diamond with the pastry cut, one pointed end nearer to you, place an egg with some masala onto the square- don't overstuff. Fold the bottom part of the pastry over the egg. Brush the rest of the edges with water. Fold up the two sides, finishing up with the top corner. Your end result should look like a bulging envelope. Seal by brushing with water and pressing the edges together.
    • Repeat for the remaining.
    • Transfer the puffs to baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 20-24 minutes (rotate pans halfway through, if needed ).

                                                                   

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