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How to Make Curry Puffs: Delicious, Deep-Fried Pastries With Curried Meat and Potatoes

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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and hobbies. She likes travelling and making papercraft models.

Curry puffs are popular snacks in southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; they are one of the delicious snacks you really have to try if you happen to be visiting these countries. Similar to the empanada that originated from Portugal, the Asian curry puff has fillings made up of meat and potatoes wrapped in a pastry shell. These snacks have exotic curry flavours in them; otherwise, they will not be called curry potato puffs. There are many recipes for preparing the fillings for the deep fried pastry puffs but the most common ones that are more popular among the local people are usually made up of chicken, beef, tuna or just plain vegetarian. In Singapore, there are stalls that have come up with curry puffs with different local flavours like durian, banana, chilly crab and red bean paste.

If you have tasted curry puffs before, it's likely that you are a fan of these pastry snacks. If you're like me, you crave for them occasionally. In order to satisfy my cravings, I have learned to make them over the years. It is very easy to make the curry puffs and all the ingredients are easily available from our stores. One great thing about the pastry is that there is no need to proof or knead to perfection unlike what some pastry recipes require. All you need to do is use a food processor to make the dough. If you do not have a food processor, you can mix the ingredients manually with no fuss.

Here's how you can make the delicious deep fried pastry puffs by following my easy recipes. The recipe for the pastry can be used for all the different curry puff fillings mentioned below.

Pastry ready to be filled with meat and potatoes.

Pastry ready to be filled with meat and potatoes.

Wrapped curry puff pastries ready for frying.

Wrapped curry puff pastries ready for frying.

Pastry Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1½ cup plain flour
  • 5 tablespoons margarine or shortening
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

How to Make the Pastry

To make the pastry, mix the flour with margarine/shortening, salt and baking powder in a food processor until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add in water and mix into a dough. Let the dough rest for half an hour.

Roll the dough into a long piece and cut into ten small portions to make the pastry for each curry puff. Roll each portion into a thin round piece about 10cm wide. The round pastry is ready for wrapping the curry puff filling.

Wrap the Filling in the Pastry

Put the filling in the centre of the round pastry you have made, fold the pastry in half and seal the edges by pressing and folding them with your fingers.

Heat up some vegetable oil in a deep pan or pot for deep frying.

Deep fry the curry puffs until they turn golden brown in colour.

Deep fried curry puffs

Deep fried curry puffs

Chicken Curry Puff Recipe

Filling:

  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 cup of diced chicken meat
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Heat oil and fry the chopped onions until golden brown. Add in curry powder and sauté until fragrant. Add the chicken, potatoes and 1 cup of water. Cook until the potatoes are tender. Add pepper, salt, sugar and cook until filling is dry. Set aside to cool while you prepare the pastry.

Malaysian Chicken Curry Puffs Video

Vegetarian filling for curry puffs.

Vegetarian filling for curry puffs.

Vegetarian Curry Puff Recipe

Filling:

  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Prepare the filling in the same way as the chicken filling. Heat the oil and fry the onions until golden brown. Add in curry powder, potatoes, peas, carrots and 1 cup of water. Cook until the potatoes are tender. Add pepper, salt, sugar and cook until filling is dry. Leave aside to cool before wrapping with the pastry.

Spicy beef filling.

Spicy beef filling.

Spicy Beef Curry Puff Recipe

Filling:

  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 fresh chilly, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 cup of diced beef
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • some coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Cook the above ingredients in the same way as with the chicken filling recipe. Cool the filling before wrapping with the pastry dough.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can ready-made frozen puff pastry be used for this recipe?

Answer: I would recommend shortcrust pastry instead of puff pastry.

Comments

lady rain (author) from Australia on July 27, 2014:

greatstuff, I have tried curry tuna fillings but I haven't used sardines before. Maybe I'll make some sardine curry puffs next time when I make a big batch of sardines :)

Mazlan from Malaysia on July 25, 2014:

Have you tried with the sardine fillings? It is even better if it is extra chilli hot!

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on August 06, 2013:

Very interesting. Empanadas are very popular in all Latin countries.

Susan from India on April 11, 2013:

Awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing.

lady rain (author) from Australia on March 11, 2013:

Missy Mac, I hope you'll get to taste these delicious curry puffs very soon! Thank you for commenting here :)

Missy Mac from Illinois on March 09, 2013:

Lady rain this recipe look delicious. I love comfort foods. I will share and make these. Thanks !

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 26, 2013:

Natashalh, I hope you get to try out this recipe soon!

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 26, 2013:

livingsta, I'm sure your mum's curry puffs were delicious. It's a wonderful feeling when we recall our childhood memories :)

Natasha from Hawaii on February 26, 2013:

This looks really tasty! Thanks for the recipe.

livingsta from United Kingdom on February 26, 2013:

I remember the puffs mum used to make for us when we were kids. We loved them and this recipe is very similar to that. Thank you for sharing!

lady rain (author) from Australia on October 09, 2012:

Rusticliving, I hope you get to make the curry puffs soon because they are delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe in your hub. Cheers :)

Liz Rayen from California on October 09, 2012:

These look amazing lady rain. I will definitely try these very soon. I am sharing this link on my hub , Portuguese Malasadas! All I can say is Oh Yummy! Thumbs up and shared! Lisa

lady rain (author) from Australia on June 25, 2012:

kiewkilw, I have not tried those flavours you mentioned but I am sure they taste delicious. Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment. Cheers!

kiewkilw from Bangkok,Thailand on June 25, 2012:

We also make pineapple, soy beans, grapes flavour! i like chicken curry puffs the most though

Very good recipe. Voted up :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on March 23, 2012:

randomcreative, thanks! You should try them out soon :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 23, 2012:

Another great recipe! These look delicious.