Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Same Difference

One look at the ingredients, I hear you say, Oh! wait. I know this, I too have a similar recipe. Yes, these are the same old puff pastries you have in your space. Believe me, it’s mostly the same ingredients. Only the looks maketh a difference! Looks are deceptive, aren’t they?

What would I do? Cold and cough. I wasn’t quite well for a couple of days. And, my dear husband took the responsibility to, well, you know, to put all the food restrictions! No sweets and no snacks. Now, that I am fully recovered. I keenly took the responsibility to make these crossovers. I really started to make a berry crossover, but instead, I ended up making these spicy egg-onion crossovers.

What a delightful tea-time snack? Really, does it matter? A plain folded puffs or solely criss-crossed puffs. It’s just the same with difference. But this small difference would make a difference, won’t they?
1 sheet puff pastry thawed
2 large eggs [or] 1 cup Mixed vegetables[Potato, Carrot and Peas]
1 medium red onion thinly sliced
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp pav bhaji masala
1/4 tsp chat masala
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp mustard seeds(Optional)
2-3 curry leaves(Optional)
a few coriander leaves chopped
1 Egg white beaten for egg wash[Optional]
2 tsp oil
Salt and pepper

For Egg puffs, boil the eggs, shell them and chop them roughly. Set aside.

In a hot pan, add oil, splutter the mustard seeds, add curry leaves and onions and fry till the onions are browned. Add the tomato puree along with the masalas and fry for another 2 minutes.Set aside.

Note: For vegetable puffs, add the vegetable to the onions, cover and cook over a low flame for about 5-10 minutes, till the vegetables are tender. Remove the cover and fry for 2 to 3 minutes over medium-high heat. Use this for topping instead of eggs.

Cut the puff pastry sheet to form a long rectangle shape. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dust with some flour. Place the pastry in the baking tray.

Place a rod/dowel in the center of the puff pastry and fold them. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour.

Cut the edges into 1/4 inch strips running the knife. Make sure not to apply pressure on dough, so they won't tend to stick together. Unfold the dough carefully and remove the rod.

Place the chopped eggs diagonally in the center. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top it with the onion mixture.

Now, fold the strips inside alternatively from two sides, one over the other. Make sure they are crossed one over the other and are sealed completely. Cross the strips till the end of the dough! No need to seal the edges. Once done, give it an egg wash.

Egg Puffs
Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degree F for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Cut into long puffs and enjoy!


  1. Woww Kalai, wat a fantabulous pastry, looks truly tempting, delicious and makes me hungry...Am gonna try soon for the sure..

  2. Wow the puffs look delicious, thanks for the step by step pics :)

  3. Wow Kalai,Very tempting and delicious puffs.Very nicely presented.

  4. Dear Kalai, Hope you are feeling better now...

    Yummy snack and the pictures were all clicked too good..

  5. I hope your feeling better kalai, take care...puffs look amazing, so beautiful and so tempting...

  6. Hi Kalai

    The Egg Puff looks simply delicious. Till now I only had them from shops. Now I know how to make a perfect one.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Wonderful dish dear...mainly liked the demonstration snaps...those are really bery helpful....

  8. Wow Looks delicious pastry..Nice stuffing and shape.

  9. love these cris-cross style.. am going to try them next timw this way.. thanks for sharing..

  10. the pastry is folding nicely.....love to have with vegetable curry....

  11. Looks yummmm.. The difference definitely makes a difference. :)

  12. Kalai,

    Nice idea of make puffs more beautiful

  13. Though I don't eat eggs, I feel like grabbing those beauties from my monitor. :)

  14. Pastry puffs look golden brown and simply delicious.

  15. A comfort snack with a super elegant look. Bookmarked!

  16. Great puffs Kalai...love the filling you have used...what a delicious snack :)

  17. Kalai, they look simply great !!! Beautiful and delicious looking.

  18. Thanks all dear friends for the lovely comments.

    Nithu and Sushma- Thanks. Yes am feeling far better now:)

  19. I love love puffs..my all time fav snack and I loved the new looks of it :D

  20. wonderful blog,first time to be here in ur blog.All dishes looks yummy...i am following u.

    When u get time peep into my blog,keep in touch.

  21. Makes a lot of difference in looks Kalai. Too good. Will try this way of folding sometime.

  22. Seems like u r a serious baker!Just love the way the cross-overs turned out!Perfect!

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  24. Wow!!!!!
    Kalai egg puff looks awesome...
    Lovely clicks dear :-)

  25. what a delicious puffs. i really liked the difference.i used to prepare the egg puffs.a perfect snack for evening tea..
    nice pic too..

  26. Dear,,puffs came out very perfect you have done it with lot of patience...

  27. Simply Superb Kalai!!!!!

  28. wow! Kalai, U really have a lot of patience to it. It looks wonderful..

  29. Wow what a wonderful idea...looks awesome..glad to find your blog dear and to follow U

  30. Hi Kalai,this cross-over thing attracted me very much..nice twist to the usual puff!

    I tried this cross-over puffs with mixed veggies.it was yummmm!

    Thanks for sharing this creative idea