Puff Pastry with a desi twist – Bhaji Puff (Puff pastry stuffed with left over Bhaji) -
It is Saturday morning and I am wide awake at 7.00 am. My body clock does not understand the concept of weekends and it does not matter what the day of the week is I am up by 6.00 or latest by 7.00 am.
Now that I was awake I started thinking of what to make for breakfast. I did not want to slog early in the morning making a heavy breakfast and I did not have the stomach to eat Oats or Cornflakes on a Saturday (my stomach knows it is a weekend). I did not have the energy to make something heavy like Parathas or Pooris which are a perfect treat nor did I have the ingredients.
I had some left over Dosa bhaji in the fridge and some puff pastry sheets, so I decided to give the Puff pastry a desi twist and make a Bhaji Puff.
I was skeptical how it would taste but I wanted to give it a try. And thank god I did. The bhaji tasted delicious with the light flaky pastry and was an awesome accompaniment to the hot cup of Ginger tea that I was brewing.
One thing I realized when I was making this was that you could use almost any leftover dry sabzi like Aloo bhaji, scrambled Eggs/Paneer/mince, whatever is available. Do remember that the filling that you use is dry and not watery else you would be left with a mushy slush for a Puff.
This puff is so easy to make and all you need is 1 cup bhaji and 1 sheet of pastry which makes 6 beautiful puffs that melt in your mouth with every bite. Can it get any easier then this? I don’t think so. Also it does not have to be a breakfast option but can also be made as a starter for a dinner/lunch party. I think this is a perfect start to the weekend don’t you?
Recipe (Preparation time 20 minutes, makes 6)
1 Cup left over Bhaji
1 Pastry sheet
A knob of Butter to coat the sheet
Remove the frozen pastry from the freezer and let it thaw for a few minutes. Mash the bhaji with a spoon so there are no big chunks of Potatoes left.
Cut the Pastry into 6 squares and lay little portions of bhaji on each square. Be careful not to go overboard with the bhaji or you will not be able to roll the pastry.
Now lift one side of the pastry square gently and just roll it over to make small puff shapes like the picture above and turn the pastry around so the open part on the pastry faces downwards. Now coat the puffs gently with some melted Butter.
Bake the puffs for 15 minutes in a preheated oven or till the pastry has a slight Golden texture. Serve it with Chilli or Tomato sauce.