How to Make Malaysia's Favorite Snack: Kuih Karipap

Updated on November 19, 2019
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I grew up in Malaysia, where I enjoyed cooking and eating local dishes every day.

Kuih karipap (also known as a curry puff) is a very popular snack in Malaysia. If you've never had it before, I would say that the taste and the texture are almost identical to the samosa. In Malaysia, curry puffs can be found in food stalls. The savory fillings are made from potatoes, sardines, beef, and chicken, while the shell or the skin is made from a very simple pastry dough. For a vegetarian version, you can skip putting the meat in the filling and instead replace it with vegetables. Cabbage, potatoes, and yams make good replacements.

The other day, my husband bought some potatoes from the store. I was thinking it would be nice to make something with them. My husband never had kuih karipap before, so I wanted to see if he would like it. Kuih karipap is ideal for breakfast and tea time. Let's see what we need for the ingredients...

The Ingredients:

  • 4 potatoes (cut into small cubes)
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • An onion (chopped)
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 garlic
  • 5 dried red chilies
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp or anchovies (optional)
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and sugar for the taste
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water (add half spoon of salt and dissolved)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (warm)
  • Oil for frying


Potato filling

  1. In a blender, throw in the onion, garlic, red chilies, dried shrimp, and add some water. Blend until it made a thick paste.
  2. Heat oil in a pan over a medium heat.
  3. Saute the paste until it fragrant.
  4. Add the curry powder and the potatoes. Stir until the potatoes coated well.
  5. Add water, sugar, and salt. To make sure the potatoes cook thoroughly and tender cover the pan with the lid. (30-35 minutes)
  6. Set aside. Let it cool.

Pastry dough

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, and add the oil. Use your hands to incorporate the ingredients.
  2. Slowly, pour in the water bit by bit. Keeps kneading until it forms a dough. It should make at least 20 or more.
  3. Shape the shell/skin: I bought a curry puff cutter to make the shape finely. But, if you don't have the cutter, don't worry because you can make whatever shape you want by using your hands. You can make it round or square.
  4. Use a rolling pin to stretch the dough as thin as you can.
  5. Then, take a spoonful or the filling and put in the middle.
  6. Wrap the filling with by taking the bottom rolls and pinch the edges with a fork to seal it. (If you don't have the cutter)
  7. Continue rolling and shaping the puffs until all it's done.
  8. Fry the puffs in a pan (make sure the oil is ready over a high heat) and the puffs should be ready when it begins to turn golden brown.

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      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR


        15 months ago from UT,USA

        For sure! Karipap is one of my favorite snacks. I made it for the first time for my husband and he loves it very much. I hope you will try to make it.

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        Linda Crampton 

        15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        These sound delicious. Thank you for including the vegetarian option. I love the thought of combining the vegetables that you mention with curry powder and then covering them with pastry.

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR


        16 months ago from UT,USA

        Awesome! Hope you going to like it :)

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        Mary Norton 

        16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I love samosas so I will try to make this. It looks like something I can do.


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