Warm, flaky and crispy on the outside, buttery and delicious from within, Curry Puff is great as an appetizer, tea-time snack, or, as a lunch surprise for kids! Easy to make filling used in store-bought pastry shells, and baked till golden crisp. These delicious puffs are ready in just 30 minutes!
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place the shell dough keeping 1 inch distance between them. Bake the shells in a pre-heated oven as per package directions. (I baked at 425F for 18 mins). Cool 5-10 minutes before handling.
PREPARE FILLING (Instant Pot or Stove)
Heat ghee or oil in a wide skillet on medium-high heat. Add potatoes and grated ginger, and stir well. Cover with a glass lid and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add cubed paneer, vegetables, tomato ketchup and spices. Stir well. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes, until the veggies soften.
Open the lid, add roasted cumin, chaat masala and cilantro and saute for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.
Instant Pot Instructions
Turn on Instant Pot on SAUTE (high). Add cumin seeds and wait for them to sizzle.
Add potatoes, grated ginger, paneer, vegetables, tomato ketchup and spices. Stir well, cover with a glass lid and continue to cook on saute mode for 5-7 minutes. Alternatively, cancel saute. Close lid. Press Pressure Cook/Manual for 0 minutes, vent set to sealing.
Manually release pressure after cooking is done (QR). Open lid after pin drops. If the vegetable filling is too watery, turn on SAUTE, and cook it off for a few minutes till it is dry.
Add roasted cumin, chaat masala and cilantro and stir. Filling is ready for stuffing.
FILL PUFFS and SERVE
Using a pairing knife, or your fingers, gently remove the center cap of the shell. It comes off really smoothly. You can re-use it and top the puff with it after filling it, I usually snack on it while filling the shells ????
Fill the shell with a couple of tablespoons of filling. Serve with tomato ketchup, Sriracha or Cilantro chutney.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.