Paneer Puffs | With Ready-made Puff pastry sheets

                                      Puffs are bought from bakeries. These can not be homemade, of course! This was exactly my response when the husband had asked if puffs could be home baked.. It was a lazy answer and he knew it.. Gratefully he stopped at that and I continued to enjoy the bakery puffs..
This incident happened some months back and I really wish he had continued to pester me.. Would have found out early that puff making at home is very easy and requires less than half an hour if you have the sheets ready.. Just make the filling, put inside the squares, fold and bake, that’s all! Delicious puffs with the filling of your choice are ready to be enjoyed anytime!

                                      The credits for bringing up this awesome idea of baking puffs homemade with store bought sheets goes to my dearest friend Renuka.. She tried it first and gave me one of the puffs for taste test {being her partner-in-food}.. Oh! I really could not believe that she made them at home.. It was perfect!

                                       Thus puff pastry sheets were in my shopping cart the next day and I tried them soon after.. Wow! It was really amazing.. The Paneer filling took it to another level completely and every bite was filled with yumminess..

                                  Even though the pastry sheets are made with all purpose flour and is not healthy, once in a while indulgence is fine.. After all it is far better than buying puffs from bakeries and you can be innovative with the filling too if homemade.. An added advantage from hubby point of view is that this turns out to be super cheap too.. 😉
So why wait?? Buy those sheets at the frozen section at your next shopping and impress your family with homemade puffs!

RECIPE: Makes 4 Puffs

4 Puff pastry sheets*
1 Cup Paneer cubes
1 small Onion
1 small Tomato
1 tsp Oil
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
1 tsp Lemon juice
Few drops of Oil {to brush on top of the sheets before baking}

*Check for whole wheat sheets if available
1. Thaw the pastry sheets as per packet instructions {Mine required to keep at packet at room temperature for an hour} and soak the paneer cubes in hot water for 30 mins..

2. Prepare the pastry sheets by rolling them {if in block form as shown} into sheets of 2 mm thickness and cutting into squares..
Note: No need of the above step if they are already in squares..

3. Keep the sheets ready in a baking tray lined with parchment paper..

4. Now for the filling, heat oil in a pan and splutter cumin seeds.. Add finely chopped onion and fry till translucent..

5. Add finely chopped tomato and fry till it turns mushy.. Add red chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt..

6. Also add finely chopped paneer and mix well..

7. Garnish with coriander leaves and add lemon juice.. Mix and allow it to cool..

8. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for 10 mins..

9. Apply little water over the edges of the sheets and place a Tbsp or so of the filling on the sheets in between..

10. Fold the sheets and seal the edges using your fingers.. You can also use a fork as shown..
11. Brush on top with little oil..

12. Bake at 200 degrees for 15 to 18 mins till the top turns golden brown..
Note: Keep an eye on the puffs after 15 mins but DON”T open the oven door before that as it hinders the baking process..

13. Remove and allow it to cool slightly..
Enjoy Paneer puffs with ketchup or as it is!

Note: You can make any kind of filling.. Just make sure that the mixture is dry..

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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