Tapioca in puffs? Now I too wonder how that came out of my innovative mind ;) I had one small tapioca left and was wondering what to make with it. My hubby, son as well as me are fans of soya chunks and tapioca. So I thought of combining soya chunks and tapioca to make the filling for puffs. This is the first time I am trying puffs and they came out great.We all enjoyed it. Thanks to my friend Saleena, who suggested to try the tapioca from the mexican store here. So I could make the classic Kappa Puzhukku, which was my last post and also this innovative puffs.
What you need?
1 Puff pastry sheet ( I used Pepperidge farm puff pastry sheets)
1 small size Tapioca
1/2 cup Soya chunks
1/2 of an Onion chopped
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1/2 tsp Chilli powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala
a few Coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp Oil
Note: I made the filling for the puffs as per the quantity mentioned above. But the filling was a little more than required for making puffs with 1 pastry sheet (9 puffs). You can use the extra as filling for sandwich or dosa.
How to prepare?
Thaw the puff pastry sheet as directed in the package.
Remove the skin of the tapioca. Wash the tapioca and chop into cubes. Add these cubes to a vessel, pour enough water to this and cook on the stove. When the water starts boiling, remove it from stove and drain the water. Now fill the vessel with fresh water, add some salt and turmeric. Cook again until the tapioca is fully cooked and it should be very soft. Drain the water and keep aside.
Boil 2 cups of water. Add soya chunks to the water and let it cook for 5-10 minutes.Drain the water and allow it to cool. Gently squeeze out the water from the soya chunks. Put them in a blender and pulse it 5-6 times so that you will get a coarse mixture of the chunks.
Heat oil in a pan. Splutter cumin seeds. Add onions and ginger-garlic paste. Saute until the onions turn slight brown.Add the soya coarse mixture, saute for a minute. Now add the chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Mash the tapioca well and add to this. Mix thoroughly and finally add the coriander leaves. Keep this mixture aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil.There is no need to grease it.
The pastry sheet will have 3 rectangular sections. Divide each section into 3 squares. Put about 1 tbsp of mixture in each cut pastry sheet and fold it into any shape you desire, then seal with hands. Bake for about 15 minutes. Once baked, cool it for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with tomato ketchup.
Makes about 9 puffs.
* If you want you can use water, milk or egg wash for sealing. I sealed it by pressing with hands.
* Apply some egg wash on the top of each puff before baking so that it will brown nicely. I haven't done this.