January 21, 2021

Easy Vegan Curry Puffs

Easy Vegetarian Curry Puffs Recipe with Puff Pastry

These Easy Vegan Curry Puffs are light, flaky and perfectly addictive. They’re stuffed with Asian-style curried vegetables, soy sauce and coconut milk.

Make them big, small or somewhere in between for a speedy meat-free snack or starter.

What are Curry Puffs?

Curry Puffs are a pastry-wrapped snack popular across Asia. Many communities make their own versions, from Singapore to Thailand, but Curry Puffs are thought to have Malaysian roots.

Malay Curry Puffs are particularly beautiful with a spiral ‘shell’ that employs a technique similar to the one used to make Italian Sfogliatella.

As much as I’d love to do a tutorial on Malay Spiral Curry Puffs at some point, I have promised you some quick and easy plant-based dishes so here’s a delicious Vegan Curry Puff recipe you can make in a jiffy!

The vegetable filling

I’ve never met a curry puff I didn’t like. These two bite-sized morsels are so easy to prepare. Raid the fridge and use up any veggies you like.

Vegan Curry Puffs filling with vegetables

Vegetables I use for Vegan Curry Puffs

Pre-cook all the veggies except for the onion until they’re tender. I microwave my potatoes and steam the carrots, peas, sweetcorn and edamame.

The curry powder

Ingredients for Vegable Curry Puffs - Vegan recipe with video

Indeed, one of the most important ingredients in Curry Puffs is the curry powder itself. I use this medium Indian-style curry powder. It’s the same one I like to use for dishes like Singapore Noodles and Katsu Curry.

Malaysian, Thai or even roasted Sri Lankan curry powder will all taste delicious, however.

We need to use a lot of curry powder in this recipe so whatever you choose, make sure it’s one you like the flavour of.

The pastry

I cheat and use shop-bought puff pastry for the flaky outer casing. The multiple layers of puff pastry give the Curry Puffs their signature ‘puff’ without the laborious task of making your own pastry.

Keep the pastry in the fridge right up until you’re ready to fold the curry puffs. Cold pastry will ensure the folding process doesn’t end in a soft, greasy and misshapen doughsaster!

The coconut milk wash or “glaze”

Vegetarian Karipap (Vegan Curry Puffs) with Puff Pastry - How to fold with video

Before you bake, brush the Curry Puffs with a liberal slick of coconut milk mixed with turmeric for a gorgeous egg-free ‘egg wash’.

Since we’re using some coconut milk in the filling, it makes sense to echo the flavours on the outside, whilst on our way to golden perfection.

How to make coconut milk egg wash vegan

If you’d like your curry puffs to have a little shine, add 1 tsp agave to the mixture (optional).

How to fold Curry Puffs

How to fold Curry Puffs tutorial

Firstly, this is much more fun when you have someone to help you! Be sure to keep your pastry in the fridge while you work if your kitchen is particularly warm.

Take a square of pastry in your palm so it’s facing you in a diamond shape. Place around 1 1/2 tsp of the filling in the centre.

Bring the bottom point to the top to form a triangle and pinch to seal. Continue to pinch the open seams closed, ensuring you squeeze any air out as you seal.

At this point you can either pleat the edges or simply press with a fork to create a pattern around the edge. I love a twisty seam.

How to fold Curry Puffs video recipe

Starting from one side, pinch the pastry at the outer edge between your thumb and index finger.

Try not to press too hard or all the fat will leak out of the pastry (this is why it’s important the pastry is cold). After your first pinch, twist the pastry inwards and pinch again to keep in place.

Repeat all the way around the pastry and nip off any excess pastry when you get to the end.

Watch my detailed video to see the folding and pleating in action.

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Can I use this recipe to make jumbo Vegan Curry Puffs?

Yes. Cut your pastry into 6 large squares rather than 12 squares per pastry sheet as directed in the recipe. Note that jumbo Curry Puffs will take 10-12 minutes longer to bake.

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Can I prepare these Easy Vegan Curry Puffs ahead of time?

Yes. You can prepare either the filling in advance or even assemble them entirely.

To refrigerate curry puffs

Prepare the curry puffs as directed in the recipe, stopping before you brush on the coconut milk wash. Place on a tray and cover with cling film before refrigerating for up to 48 hours. Cook as per recipe.

Freezing instructions

Prepare the curry puffs as directed in the recipe, stopping before you brush on the coconut milk wash. Place on a tray and cover with cling film before freezing flat until solid.

Once completely frozen, you can place the curry puffs in a freezer-safe container or bag (up to 3 months). Do not defrost: Cook straight from frozen.

Easy Vegan Curry Puffs Recipe with Puff Pastry

Are these Vegan Curry Puffs gluten-free too?

My version is not gluten free. However, you can buy gluten-free puff pastry in the shops. Be sure to read the label to ensure the product meets all your dietary requirements.

Easy Vegetarian Curry Puffs Recipe with Puff Pastry

Easy Vegan Curry Puffs

These Quick Vegan Curry Puffs are light, flaky and perfectly addictive. They’re stuffed with a mixture of curried vegetables, soy sauce and coconut milk.
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: pastry, potatoes, puff pastry, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

Equipment

  • Large oven tray lined with baking parchment
  • Pastry brush

Ingredients

For the Curry Puffs

  • 250 g potatoes, steamed or microwaved with the skin pricked, peeled & roughly mashed (about 2 medium potatoes)
  • 90 g carrots, very finely diced (1 large carrot)
  • 40 g peas (I use frozen, thawed)
  • 40 g edamame (I use frozen, thawed)
  • 25 g sweetcorn (I use tinned, drained)
  • 1/2 medium red onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped (use the leaves and stems)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mild or medium curry powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2x 320g sheets ready-rolled puff pastry, cold (be sure to check your brand is vegan and not made with butter)

For the coconut milk wash:

  • 3 tbsp coconut milk
  • <1/8 tsp ground turmeric (a very tiny pinch)

Instructions

To make the vegetable mixture:

  • Once your potatoes have cooled, peel them using your fingers and break into rough pieces. Place them in a large bowl along with the rest of the cooked vegetables. It's best to work with cool or cold vegetables so this recipe is the perfect way to use up leftovers.
  • Add the onions, coriander, coconut milk, soy sauce, curry powder, white pepper and salt. Mix well.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the mixture. Most of the veggies should still be fairly whole but the potatoes mashed enough to form a cohesive ball when squeezed together. Think samosa filling.

To prepare the pastry:

  • Keep the pastry in the fridge right up until you're ready to fold the curry puffs. Carefully unroll the first roll of pastry and set it on a flat work surface. Note: If your puff pastry is not already rolled, you'll need to use a rolling pin and some plain flour to roll it to about 35cm x 22cm.
  • Cut the pastry into 12 equal squares. If you want to make jumbo curry puffs, roll appropriately and cut into 6 equal squares.

To fold the curry puffs:

  • Take a square of pastry in your palm so it's facing you in a diamond shape. Place around 1 1/2 tsp of the filling in the centre. Bring the bottom point to the top to form a triangle and pinch to seal. Continue to pinch the open seams closed, ensuring you squeeze any air out as you seal.
  • At this point you can either pleat the edges or simply press with a fork to create a pattern around the edge. I love a twisty seam. Starting from one side, pinch the pastry at the outer edge between your thumb and index finger. Try not to press too hard or all the fat will leak out of the pastry (this is why it's important the pastry is cold). After your first pinch, twist the pastry inwards and pinch again to keep in place. Repeat all the way around the pastry and nip off any excess pastry when you get to the end. Watch my detailed video to see the folding and pleating in action.
  • Repeat this process for all the curry puffs. It's much more fun when you have someone to help you! Be sure to keep your pastry in the fridge while you work if your kitchen is particularly warm.

For the coconut milk wash:

  • In a small bowl, stir together warm coconut milk and turmeric. If you'd like your curry puffs to have a little shine, add 1 tsp agave to the mixture (optional).

To bake the curry puffs:

  • Arrange the curry puffs on a large baking tray lined with baking parchment. You may need to do this on two or three separate trays.
  • Brush the curry puffs all over with the coconut milk wash. Bake in a preheated oven at 175°C/350°F for 25-30 minutes or until golden and puffy all over. Serve hot with your favourite sweet chilli sauce.

Sanjana’s Notes

  • If you’d like your curry puffs to have a little shine, add 1 tsp agave to the coconut milk wash mixture (optional).
Make ahead!
To refrigerate
Prepare the curry puffs as directed, stopping before you brush on the coconut milk wash. Place on a tray and cover with cling film before refrigerating for up to 48 hours. Cook as per recipe.
Freezing instructions
Prepare the curry puffs as directed, stopping before you brush on the coconut milk wash. Place on a tray and cover with cling film before freezing flat until solid. Once completely frozen, you can place the curry puffs in a freezer-safe container or bag (up to 3 months). Do not defrost: Cook straight from frozen.
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One response to “Easy Vegan Curry Puffs”

  1. Albertina says:

    5 stars
    So glad that I tried this recipe! I loved it. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great!

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