2011 has been a roller coaster already and it's only March! Just before New Year's I had a severe back problem and was again ill in Jan. Feb saw me down with typhoid and currently I am in Bombay dealing with the loss of a grandparent... also, Japan is dealing with a great loss and we don't even know the extent of this as yet.
I am hoping the rest of the year goes by peacefully and we see a lot of cheerfulness and happiness comes everyone's way to make 2011 an year to remember!
I am posting a simple recipe for you without any pictures... will be back in another week with some recipes and pics for you.
3-4 medium boiled potatoes
1/2 cup peas
Masala: Salt, Red Chilli Powder, Dhania Powder (Coriander) or any All Spice Mix (for my expat or foreign reader's)
1 tablespoon oil
For the pastry:
I used ready made Puff Pastry which is available at Modern Bazaar - Gurgaon & Delhi
Saute the potatoes in the oil and then add the peas. Add all the masalas / spices and about 2-3 tablespoons of water - cover the pan and let it simmer till the peas are cooked. Taste the filling - it should be saltier than usual so that it doesn't taste less salty inside the puff pastry. (Variations: You can added grated beetroot or grated carrots to the Potato filling to make it healtheir. You can also make this filling with Cottage cheese - just use your imagination and ingredients in the pantry - it is supposed to be a throw it together kinda recipe for people who have puff pastry sitting in their freezer)
Roll out the puff pastry about 1/4inch thin and cut out medium sized circles. Add about 1 tablespoon filling and close the puff pastry over the filling to form a semi-circle. Seal with a fork and brush with cream, milk or egg white to get a nice brown glaze.
Now put it into the oven for 20-30 mins at 200 C and your have yummy snack ready to serve while your guests are sipping their tea or lemonade. This melt in your mouth flaky pastry is very hard to turn down.
These can also be made in advance and stored in the fridge or freezer in an air tight box.
A lovely recipe to bring a smile on your friends faces...