Thursday, 30 January 2014

Beef Pockets

I love to make small packages of food considering I have 2 little munchkins who need a new lunch every day. What could be a better option than rolling some protein in some form of dough as undoubtedly its my favourite way to do it. Its easy, its quick and best of all its kid friendly. Another lunch box idea which is a hit with my babies.
I have used beef mince here but feel free to use chicken or mutton. 


Puff Pastry                                      2 sheets 12*12 inches
Egg                                                 1 beaten
Mince                                             2 lbs Lean
Onions                                            3 chopped
Garlic                                              6 cloves
Ginger                                             1 inch pc
Green chili                                       3
Oil                                                   3-4 tbsp
Salt                                                  1.5 tsp or to taste
Black pepper corn                           1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds                                    1 tsp
Coriander powder                           1 tsp
Red chili flakes                                 1 tsp
Turmeric powder                              1/2 tsp


In a mortar and pestle, crush ginger, garlic, black pepper corns and three green chilies.
Heat oil in a pan and add half of the chopped onions, fry for a few mins till soft but don't brown them.
Add ginger/garlic, turmeric, cumin seeds, coriander powder and salt. Fry till spices are fragrant about a min or two.
Add mince and break it into pieces with spoon quickly before it changes color.
Fry mince in onion and spice mix till no moisture is left and no pink bits can be seen.
Add remaining onions, take off the heat and cover. Let steam for 10 minutes.
Let the mince cool completely before filling.


Roll the puff pastry to 12x12 inches and cut in four squares.
Put 2 tbsp of filing in the middle of the square. brush the sides with egg.
Join the opposite corners to form a pyramid shape pinching all the seams well.
At this stage you can freeze these pockets and use whenever required as they go directly from freezer to oven.
Preheat the oven at 375 for 10 minutes. Put the pastries on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake till nice golden brown and crisp.

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