Turnovers made with flaky pastry dough and filled with spicy potato or any filling of your choice. You can also convert this into a dessert by filling something sweet, say sweetened cream cheese and berries or apple, brown sugar and cinnamon. Explore the world of possibilities:). The dough takes under 10 minutes to prepare. It’s flaky, it’s buttery, only two main ingredients, and it’s good.
Do you see the flaky, buttery layers?
Once the dough comes together, wrap it in a plastic wrap and place this in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Lightly dust a parchment paper or non-stick mat with flour and with a rolling pin, roll into a circle. Find a cookie cutter, glass, or any container with slightly sharp edge to create a circle. (I use the lid of my ziplock container). Place filling in the center and bring the ends together. Press the ends with a fork or you can use water to seal the edges.
Roll the remaining dough and cut circles again. You can also cut strips, brush them with eggwhites and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you have leftover dough after making the circles.
- FOR PASTRY CRUST:
- 1 and 1/2 cups All purpose flour / maida
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup 1 stick(113g) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons ice cold water
- FOR FILLING:
- 1 Large potato boiled
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 handful coriander leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon chilly powder/paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- Salt to taste
- FOR WASH:
- 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water + pinch of salt Beat well
- Vegetarians can use Milk
PASTRY DOUGH: In a jar of a food processor, add flour + salt. Add 1/2 of the chopped butter and process it until pea size granules form. Add the remaining butter and process again to form pea size chunks.
Sprinkle the ice cold water and process until the mixture is moist. The mixture will still look powdery, but when pressed between your fingers it should retain its shape.
Transfer into a bowl and knead for another 30 seconds. You will see chunks of butter, but that's alright. Cover the dough with a a plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. While the dough is resting, prepare the filling.
Place a non-stick mat or parchment paper on the counter and lightly dust with flour. Roll into a circle about1/8th inch thick. Use a slightly sharp round shaped cutter to cut circles. Place a tablespoon filling in the center. Bring the other edge together and press the edges with a fork. Place everything an inch apart on a sheet lined with non-stick paper. Brush generously with egg wash.
Bake in a preheated 400 degrees fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown.
FILLING: Boil or bake the potato in the microwave. Peel the skin and chop the potatoes into small chunks. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic + cumin seeds + fennel seeds and let it sizzle. Add turmeric powder and immedeitealy add potatoes. Coat them well with oil. Add paprika + garam masala + salt and mix well. Adjust the salt if needed. Turn of the heat and add the finely chopped coriander leaves. Let the mixture cool completely before filling.
Serve with ketchup, green chutney or dip.
You can make this ahead of time. Line a tray with parchment paper and place the turnover about 1/2 inch apart. Brush with egg wash and refrigerate until ready to bake, unto 24 hours in advance.
To Freeze: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, plastic wrap or grease the sheet. Arrange the turnovers making sure they have enough space between them and place this in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then take this out and transfer into a freezer safe bag or box and use it for unto few weeks later. When ready to use, thaw in the fridge or leave this at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Do check out my board on Pinterest for more vegetarian recipes.