Back in India, we have this chain of bakeries called Monginis. Besides a variety of cakes, they sell these delicious, spicy puffs with chicken or vegetable filling. When I was growing up, it was de rigeur to have Monginis cakes and puffs at every kiddie birthday party.
I loved the chicken puffs. Light, crispy, layers of puff pastry hiding the irresistibly spiced minced chicken.
Even now, whenever I am back in Mumbai, I try to visit a Monginis store and head straight to the chicken puffs, ignoring the cakes (well, at least till I’ve had my first chicken puff).
I have recreated the taste of those childhood party favorites many times before, but this weekend, we had a baby shower for one of my friends.
She was one of the first to follow my blog and when she last visited my home, I had made these chicken puffs and she had requested the recipe.
So I wanted to do something a little special for her. Instead of making the usual chicken puffs, I decided to make these cute little Chicken Puff Pops for the baby shower. Isn’t food just cuter on a stick?
And then I found these adorable Bee Baby Shower printables by Catherine of Smart Party Planning, which were just right for the Yellow and White themed shower.
The best part: the printables are free! The Lollipop labels were just perfect for these Chicken Puff Pops.
And let me tell you, the li’l ones really love these. My usually fussy munchkin gobbled up 3 of these pops in one sitting and another li’l cutie ate 4!
These pops are so versatile. You can fill them with veggies, or even make them into mini dessert pops with a nuts, nougat and chocolate filling.
Here’s the recipe:
Masala Chicken Puff Pops
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time (for filling and puffs): 20 minutes
Makes: 15 bite-sized Pops
100 grams Chicken Mince
1 Green Chilli, finely chopped (Optional)
2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
1 inch piece Ginger, finely chopped
1 Red Onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Tomato Paste
1/4 teaspoon Garam masala
1/8 teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon Cumin powder
1 teaspoon Cooking Oil
Salt, as per taste
2 teaspoon Cilantro, finely chopped
1 Puff Pastry sheet (Butterdej, in Danish)
Lollipop sticks (or Bamboo skewers, cut in half)
Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions, ginger and garlic till onion is translucent. Add chopped green chilli, if using.
Add the garam masala, turmeric, cumin and red chilli powder. Saute for a minute on medium flame.
Add tomato paste and cook for a further couple of minutes.
Add the chicken mince and cook till chicken is done.
Add the cilantro and keep aside to cool.
In the meantime, cut small circles out of the puff pastry. My circles were about 4 cm in diameter.
Cut out double the number of circles, as the number of pops you wish to make, as each pop needs 2 circles.
Put a lollipop stick or skewer on one puff pastry circle.
Add about 2 teaspoons of stuffing (depends on the size of your circles).
Cover with another puff pastry circle and seal the sides, by pressing down with a fork.
Repeat till all the circles are used up.
Bake the pops in a pre-heated oven at 200 C for about 10-15 minutes, till the pops are a light brown.