A school friend posted a photo of her homemade chicken puffs a few days ago and that started me on a massive craving for this old favourite. I scoured the Internet for recipes but most of them were based on minced chicken which I struggled to get hold of. Anyway, I was sure the old bakeries back home did a beef version of the puffs and so I changed the recipe to use minced beef. I was well pleased by how they turned out although they lacked the right amount of spice kick. Lesson: If you use minced lamb and beef in this recipe, make sure you do a spice check. A bit more chili and garam maslaa may be called for. The recipe below has been tweaked to cater to this.
500 g puff pastry
Some all-purpose flour for dusting
1 egg, whisked for brushing over the pastry for that lovely browned look
250g minced beef
100g green peas
2 onions, diced
2 potatoes, cubed and lightly mashed
2 tsp chili powder
3 tsp garam masala
1 tsp amchoor
1 tbsp garlic paste
2 tbsp ginger paste
Pinch of turmeric
Ligthly fry the onions and then add minced beef, spices and continue to fry. When the beef is half cooked, add the veg and continue to fry. Use a masher to bring it to a 'soft'ish consistency. Cool for about 30 mins.
Set the oven to 200C. Divide the pastry (I use Jus-Rol) into 4 cubes and then roll out. Each cube makes 2 rectangles so enough pastry for 8 puffs. Fill half the rectangles with the mince beef and close used a bit of water to seal the edges. Brush with the whisked egg. Bake the puffs for about 20 mins or till they are browned and sizzling. Enjoy! Ann x