Filled with curried potatoes, curry puffs are one of the many favourite ‘kuih’ in Southeast Asia. Also known as Karipap, it consists of a pastry dough which is then filled with a variety of fillings such as potatoes, sardine or a combination of curry potatoes and minced meat.
Curry puff may look like another puff pastry or savoury pie but it is the unofficial king of 'kuih' for many of us in Malaysia and around the region. Crispy deep fried curry puffs are best when eaten together with a glass of Malaysian sweet tea 'Teh Tarik'. I especially love having freshly made curry puffs where the fillings are still warm.
Crispy curry puffs
In Malaysia and Singapore, curry puffs or epok epok is a breakfast and teatime favourite. This dough recipe will give you a crispy curry puff pastry to wrap the curried potatoes. With every bite, you will notice the flakiness of the dough and the delightfulness in savouring them. The fragrance of the filling makes the curry puffs even more delectable as you savour every mouthful.
Why is my dough crumbling or soggy?
Follow the exact amount mentioned in this recipe and the dough should first appear to be crumbly. However, keep mixing and kneading. The dough will come together as shown in the video above.
Freeze curry puffs
After wrapping potatoes in a dough, freeze them for at least four hours before storing the uncooked curry puffs in an airtight container or plastic bag for further freezing until it's time to either fry or bake them.
Baked curry puffs
Instead of frying the curry puffs, they can also be baked. This tip is very helpful for those who are more health conscious. Baked curry puff are just as tasty and in fact, the baking method is highly suggested as it is not as oily as the traditional method. The sides may brown faster than the rest of the surface of the curry puff but it's ok. They look and taste just as delicious as the fried version, as seen here.
To bake the curry puffs, preheat oven at 180 Celsius and bake curry puffs on a piece of baking sheet fir 30 minutes or until browned. Frozen curry puffs do not need to be thawed before baking.
Do I need curry leaves for curry puffs?
Curry leaves are used to add a wonderful aroma to the curried potatoes. If you do not have curry leaves, just omit them from the recipe.
Can I add meat to curry puffs?
You may also add diced chicken breasts, according to your preference. Just reduce the amount of diced potatoes if you do so. Additionally, you may add a wedge of hard boiled egg along with some curried potatoes which is sometimes done by some street vendors.