If you’re not familiar with the delectable savory treats that are Egg Puffs you have been missing out. Get ready to discover a world of international flavors with this perfectly spiced snack!
Flaky, crunchy, soft, and spiced, a great Egg Puff has all the comforting flavors and textures you have been waiting for in one convenient package! This gorgeous Indian-inspired recipe makes a batch of irresistible Egg Puffs that are just right for brunch, snacking, or even serving at a party.
What is an Egg Puff?
Egg Puffs are a common Indian snack. They are often sold at bakeries and Indian restaurants and enjoyed as a light bite or appetizer.
Egg puffs are made from hard-boiled eggs and puff pastry, but what makes them so tantalizing is their spices. These amazing snacks are flavored with a delicious roasted blend of common Indian spices that is sure to blow you away!
What You’ll Love About These Egg Puffs
Unforgettable Indian-Inspired Flavor!
Indian flavors are some of the best and most complex in the world. Their chef’s mastery of toasting and frying spices to build unforgettable flavor is rivaled by no one and if you are not eating Indian food yet it's time to start!
Many people regard Indian cuisine to be spicy, and that is not technically true. Their cooking style is more about “spiced” than “spicy.” Traditional Indian cooking methods rely on roasting or frying spices to build the distinct flavors in their dishes. This amazing way of handling spices turns common pantry staples into a flavor explosion!
Beautiful Brunch Bite!
You don’t have to have eggs to make the perfect brunch, but it certainly helps! Egg Puffs are the perfect way to incorporate the egg into your breakfast or brunch in a less traditional way. They are so much of unexpectedly bold and enticing flavor notes that you will want to serve these for breakfast, brunch, and even lunch!
Popular at Parties!
These gorgeous little bites are great for so many occasions. They are vegetarian and nut-free so even more people can enjoy this tasty flavor! Egg Puffs are a classic Indian bakery treat and they are sure to liven up any party to serve them at! People will delight at their boldly spiced flavor and wonderfully flaky texture; plus, they work as an appetizer or a side and can be served at pretty much any meal and always makes delicious sense!
Puff pastry is a magical thing to keep on hand. The possibilities with this frozen staple are endless! For these tasty Egg Puffs try using the pre-cut square puffs or cut your sheets into squares.
If you are the do-it-yourself type, you can use homemade puff pastry for this recipe. If not, look for this bakery staple in the frozen section. Generally, puff pastry should remain frozen until you are ready to work with it. Most commercial puff pastry goes from frozen to workable within 15 minutes of taking it out of the freezer.
Hard-boiled eggs make up the filling of these flaky and spiced snacks. Have the eggs boiled, peeled, and halved to use in this cook.
Choose a medium to large onion for this recipe. Yellow or white onions both have wonderful flavor when cooked as they are in this delicious dish!
Peeled and crushed ginger helps build the roasted spice flavor in this dish. Crushing it helps to extract the full flavor of the ginger root.
Crushed garlic works with the ginger to form a base for the blend of roasted spices in these Puffs.
Powdered turmeric has a great flavor and an unforgettable color. This unique spice actually comes from the same family as ginger and its wonderfully bracing spice will remind you of that earthy ginger zing.
Choose your favorite chili powder for this spice mix. Some chili powders are smokier or hotter than others, so pick one that suits your tastes.
Powdered coriander brings a hint of sweet almost citrusy flavor to the spice blend. You can buy jars of powdered coriander or grab the mortal and pestle and grind the seeds fresh for this delicious dish.
Ground pepper helps to round out the spices. Use ground black pepper, ground white pepper, or a mix of both.
This common Indian ingredient is actually a blend of common Indian spices. You can find it in packets or jars in the spice aisle and this convenience makes cooking with bold Indian flavors so much simpler!
If you cannot find this spice blend try swapping it with a mixture of ground cumin and allspice.
A little ketchup adds a much-needed tangy, sweet flavor to these irresistible Egg Puffs. Use your favorite brand for this recipe or take it to a whole new level by making your own homemade ketchup. You can use the extra for dipping these delicious bites in!
Make a quick ketchup by cooking down tomatoes (or tomato paste) with apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and seasonings. It’s a super quick and easy way to customize your flavors!
This ingredient brings a herbaceous and leafy citrus flavor to the delicious Puffs. Use fresh when possible, but dried will work in a pinch.
This ingredient can be rare in American grocery stores but look for the leaves in the produce section near the other fresh herbs. If you cannot find them there, try the spice aisle. International grocery stores are another great place to find this ingredient.
Mixing egg with a little water makes a beautiful egg wash that can be brushed on the puff pastry to help make it bake up beautifully!
To toast the spices you will need a little oil. Choose an oil with a high smoke point. Coconut oil works well in this recipe and even adds a hint of coconut flavor. If you prefer, swap this ingredient with another cooking oil or fat, like butter, olive oil, or vegetable oil.
Salt helps season the whole dish. For this recipe, opt for fine-grain sea salt or fine-grain kosher salt.
How to Make Egg Puffs
- Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with foil, parchment paper, or a silicone mat.
- Heat the oil in a wide pan over medium and add the onions. Cook, stirring often until the onion becomes golden brown.
- Add the crushed ginger and garlic and cook for a few minutes.
- Add the masala powder and salt. Cook for a couple minutes until the oil appears.
- Add a few teaspoons of hot water to bring everything together. Add the ketchup and curry leaves and mix well.
- Thaw the puff pastry as per the package instructs.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg with a little water to make an egg wash.
- Brush all of the sides of the puff pastry with the egg wash.
- Top each pastry with a small scoop of the masala mixture, followed by half a hard-boiled egg.
- Top the egg with a little extra masala mixture.
- Bring the opposing corners of the puff pastry together and press the edges to seal the puffs into a pyramid-like shape.
- Brush the sealed puffs with egg wash.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the puff pastry is golden brown and flaky.
- Turn the stove top fan on for this cook, because the species will cause a very strong aroma.
- Try to center the egg on the puff to make the fold easy. You want them to look like pyramid-shaped parcels when they are done.
- You can skip the egg wash, but your puffs will not brown as nicely.
How to Serve Egg Puffs
Egg puffs can be enjoyed while they're still warm or cooled and eaten as a fun handheld bite. The most common dipping sauces for these delicious bites are mint chutney and ketchup.
If you’re serving these for a party, set out a large platter of the Puffs with a few different dipping sauces and watch them fly off the plate!
Finish the meal off with a delicious chai for a truly Indian snack!
How to Store Egg Puffs
These savory bites are such a hit that you might not have leftovers, but if you do, don't worry they can be saved!
Place leftover Egg Puffs in an airtight container or food storage bag. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
How to Reheat Egg Puffs
The trick to reheating these puffs is getting the pastry warm without making it too soggy or dry. You have to reheat with care so that the flaky pastry holds up; here are some tips for easy reheating:
- When reheating in the microwave, set a small cup of water in the corner. This helps the pastry stay flaky, but not soggy. Microwave in 30-second bursts until warm.
- When reheating in the oven, opt for a thick glass baking dish, this will help protect the already-cooked pastry from burning. Preheat the oven to 350°F and reheat the Egg Puffs for up to 10 minutes or until fully warm.
Are Egg Puffs Healthy?
This delectable savory snack is more of a sometimes snack than an all-the-time food. Egg puffs tend to be high in cholesterol from the egg and buttery dough, but they also have rich nutrients from the tasty spice blend used in this recipe. They are vegetarian-friendly and nut-free (although some store-bought puffs are processed in nut-handling facilities, so always read the package).
Overall, these bites make a nice sometimes snack for practically any diet and when balanced with healthy exercise and diet choices they are a great savory treat!Print
Egg Puff Recipe
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 12 puffs 1x
- Category: Snacks
- Cuisine: Indian
- 8 squares Puff pastry (I used 4 inch square frozen puff pastry, refer notes to see how to make homemade puff pastry)
- 4 Hard boiled eggs (cut into half)
- 2 - 3 Onion (medium - big, finely sliced (refer notes))
- 1.5 - 2 teaspoon Crushed ginger & garlic (each)
- ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1.5 tsp Chilli powder
- ½ - 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon Pepper powder
- ½ teaspoon Garam masala
- 1 tablespoon Tomato ketchup
- Curry leaves
- 1 Egg (for egg wash)
- Preheat oven to 390 F, 10 mins before baking.
- Line a baking sheet with al.foil or parchment/baking paper.
- Heat oil in a wide pan and add sliced onions. Cook till the onion becomes golden brown.
- Once the onion becomes golden brown, add crushed ginger and garlic and cook for 2-3 mins. Add all masala powders and salt. Cook till the oil appears, around 2-3 mins. Add 1 - 2 tablespoon hot water to bring everything together. Add ketchup (refer notes), curry leaves and mix well.
- Thaw the puff pastry as per the package instructions.
- Beat 1 egg with 1-2 teaspoon water for egg wash. Apply this egg mixture on four sides of the puff pastry.
- Place about 1 tablespoon of masala on each puff pastry, followed by half a slice of egg. Put some masala on top of the egg as well.
- Bring together the diagonally opposite sides and seal. Apply the egg wash all over the sealed puffs.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 mins or until the puff pastry is golden in colour.
- Serve with tomato ketchup.
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