Contributor: Ho Siew Loon
I would like to thank my mother-in-law, a refined Nyonya cook for sharing this recipe with me. It is a very traditional way of making spiral curry puffs.
As a traditional cook, her cooking is always based on estimation and last weekend, I have managed to get the recipe and the measurement down. The crispiness of the skin blended together with the spicy chicken curry and potatoes is just perfect for a relaxing afternoon tea…(get curry puff recipe after the jump)
Curry puff is a very popular Asian snack especially in Malaysia and Singapore.
It is quite similar to the western puff or pies except that for this curry puff, it is deep fried to give the crispiness. The skill in this popular snack lies in the making of the skin. But once you have mastered it, this popular snack will definitely be a hit at your parties.
Spiral Curry Puff Recipe
Curry Puff - Irresistible taste of Malaysia.
- 1 kg chicken meat, diced
- 1 kg potatoes, diced
- 500 g onions, diced
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 2-3 tablespoons curry powder
- 15 dried chillies
- 8 shallots
- 125 ml water
- Salt to taste
- Sugar to taste
- 5 tablespoons oil
- 900 g flour
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 335 g water
- 340 g butter
- 20 g Ghee, (optional)
- 730 g flour
1Soak dried chillies in hot water for 5 minute. Rinse and blend together with shallots till fine. Mix in curry powder.
2Heat oil in wok and saute chilly paste and curry leaves till fragrant.
3Add in diced chicken, potatoes. Fry for 3 minutes on medium fire. Add in onions and water. Simmer for 5 minutes or until almost dry.
4Remove to cool.
1Mixed salt to water to make salt water.
2Add salt water to flour gradually and slowly knead to form a nice white dough.
3Divide into portions of 85 gram each. Roll into a ball.
1Add butter and ghee to flour and knead to form a dough.
2Divide into 70 grams portion each.
To make spiral skin
1Flatten the water dough and wrap the oil dough inside. Pinch the edges to seal it nicely.
2Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
3Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to form a rectangle of 20 x 11 cm. Working on the shorter end, slowly roll up tightly into a swiss roll.
4Roll from the shorter end of the swiss roll to flatten dough. Slowly roll up from the shorter side to form a swiss roll.
5Let dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
6Repeat the process until you finished with the rest of the dough.
7Cut dough into 4 pieces.
To fill and shape puff
1Roll a piece of the cut dough into a circle with rolling pin.
2Put 1 Tbsp of filling in the centre.
3Brush the edge with water and fold into half. Press the edge together and seal it. This will give you a half moon shape.
4Pinch the edge of the puff with your thumb. Bring the back side forward and seal it with the front. Repeat the process. You should be able to get about 8-9 pleats.
5Heat oil in wok or deep fryer. Oil must be very hot before putting in the puff and enough to cover to the puff.
6Deep fry the puff on medium heat until golden brown.