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

Updated on January 14, 2017
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Curry Puffs
Curry Puffs | Source

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, you would have loved these pastry snacks and like me, will crave for them occasionally. In order to satisfy my cravings, I have learnt 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. | Source
Wrapped curry puff pastries ready for frying.
Wrapped curry puff pastries ready for frying. | Source

Pastry Recipe

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 | Source

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. | Source

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. | Source
Beef curry puffs.
Beef curry puffs. | Source

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.

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      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 :)

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

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

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

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

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

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

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

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

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

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

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

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

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      This looks really tasty! Thanks for the recipe.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      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!

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

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

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      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

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      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!

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      kiewkilw 5 years ago from Bangkok,Thailand

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

      Very good recipe. Voted up :)

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

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

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Another great recipe! These look delicious.