Vegetable puffs

These spiced vegetable pastries make a great vegetarian alternative to sausage rolls, as they're packed with classic Indian flavours, as well as onions, potato, carrots, beans and peas. One of Alfred Prasad's favourite childhood recipes, these are simple to make and great to share as a snack, on a picnic, or as part of a main meal.

First published in 2015

Ingredients

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Method

1
Place a thick-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat and add oil. Once hot, add the sliced onions and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
2
Add the ginger and garlic pastes. Stir well for 2 minutes, then add salt, turmeric and chilli powder and fry for a further 5 minutes
3
Add the potatoes and carrots to the pan. Once almost cooked through and tender, add the beans, green peas, cumin powder and crushed coriander seeds
4
Cook over a high heat, stirring regularly until the vegetable mixture is quite dry. Remove from the heat, transfer to a plate and set aside. This can be prepared in advance
5
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
6
Allow the pastry sheet to soften slightly, then unwrap on a chopping board and cut in half lengthways. Spoon the vegetable mix along one of the long sides of the pastry
  • 320g of puff pastry
7
Using a pastry brush dipped in water, brush the edges of the prepared sheet lightly. Lift the pastry from underneath the filling and roll over to seal in the vegetables
8
Press the edges gently together to form a sausage roll shape
9
Cut the roll into (approximately) 1.5 inch long parcels. Gently lift the puffs onto a baking tray. Dip the pastry brush into the whisked egg yolk and use to brush the top of the puffs
10
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the puff pastry has fluffed up nicely and is golden brown. Serve the vegetable puffs warm
First published in 2015

Alfred Prasad’s years at Tamarind saw the restaurant awarded one Michelin star, which it retained, and a stack of accolades (including numerous ‘Indian Restaurant Of The Year’ titles).

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