If you’ve never tried Thai curry puffs (or Malaysian or a Singaporean curry puffs), then you have some important eating to do. Sinking your teeth into the decadent, flaky crust, of course, is just the beginning. The spiced filling—usually including tender potatoes and plump green peas, with curry, onions, and garlic—is the main event.
So Much Delicious, So Little Time
It’s no secret that I love Thai food–you’ll find recipes here for Thai Chicken Satay, Thai Peanut Sauce, and Thai Black Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk. Honestly, for me, the snacks in Thailand alone are worth the hefty price of airfare and hours trapped in a plane (of course I’ll take the sparkling beaches and warm ocean waters, too). Lucky for me, there is a Thai grocery in my neighborhood that sells all sorts of mouthwatering prepared Thai foods. It’s handy that I don’t have to fly halfway around the world for my favorite munchies (but I would!)
This little shop isn’t much to look at, and most days half-empty shelves greet you upon entering. But show up midday on a Saturday and it’s a whole different story. Thai home cooks package noodle dishes, salads, soups, snacks, and desserts, and bring them here to sell. You’ll find spicy rice crisps, piquant noodle salads, soups rich with coconut milk, sweet puddings, and cakes. I always make sure to throw a few of my favorite curry puffs in the mix.
I’ll admit, my Thai curry puffs aren’t totally authentic. I’m a bit too lazy to make the dough from scratch or spend an afternoon deep frying. Instead, I use short pastry or Dufour puff pastry and oven bake—or, even better, air fry!
Fill your Thai curry puffs with any combination of meat and/or vegetables you like. I filled mine with ground chicken, potatoes, and peas cooked with onions, garlic, and spices. Although I use store-bought dough and bake them, my Thai curry puffs taste just like those I ate in Thailand.
This Thai Curry Puffs Recipe Is So Easy!
This curry puff recipe is so easy, you really should drop everything and make it right now. But you probably shouldn’t listen to me. After all, I think it’s reasonable to pay $900 and fly 36 hours (round trip) just to snack my way through Bangkok.Print
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small potato, peeled and diced
1 pound ground chicken
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon fish sauce or soy sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon cayenne
¼ cup water
½ cup frozen peas
1 recipe pastry dough or 1 package puff pastry (thawed if necessary)
1 egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and potato and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.
- Add the chicken and continue to cook, stirring frequently and breaking up the meat with a spatula, until the meat is browned, about 5 minutes more. Stir in the curry powder, fish sauce or soy sauce, salt, sugar, and cayenne. Stir in the water and peas and cook, stirring, until the peas are heated through and the liquid is mostly evaporated.
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF (if using an air fryer, there’s no need to preheat).
- Roll the pastry out to about 1/8- to ¼-inch thick and cut out circles using a 3 ½-inch round pastry cutter (or do what I do and use the ring from a wide-mouth canning jar). You should have 12 rounds.
- Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the filling mixture onto each of the pastry rounds, fold them over, and crimp the edges with a fork. Brush with the egg wash.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes (or on 400 in the air fryer for 10 to 15 minutes), until the crusts are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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