I have been craving for karipap
for a few weeks now. But I just have been too busy to sit down to make them. They are a breeze to make really, if you have the pastry with you. I didn't make the pastry myself, I ordered some from my baker friend. And the pastry has been sitting around in my fridge since saturday.
Today is one of those lazy days where I didn't have school and I thought I'd just make some karipap. Only baked, my (and my mom's) version. the filling is stirfried minced beef with some veggies in curry powder which is left to cool before you make the karipap itself.
I can't make the traditional shape - which is half moon or crescents and folded neatly. The traditional way is of course using a shortcrust pastry. I prefer puff pastry and I just use the end of the fork to make shapes at the edge of the karipap. They are baked for 25-30 minutes in 180C oven.
In Malaysia this is of course available in every street corner and you can even get them in the frozen section at your local supermarket. It is usually served for coffee and afternoon tea. And makes regular appearances in tea parties, office functions and basically a Malaysian institution. One day, I hope I can make the fried version in traditional shape, but for now - this would satisfy my cravings!The recipeIngredients:Ready made puff pastry or short crust as you prefer
egg yolk for egg washFor the filling:500g minced beef (or chicken)
1 TBsp curry powder
1 large onion - diced
2 garlic - crushed and chopped
2 large potatos (or 5 small ones)- diced
paprika - I used the yellow one
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of peas
1 cup of diced tomatos
1 green chilli - omit if you prefer it not hot
1 tsp dark soya sauce
- First, make the fillings. In a smoky wok, add some oil and saute in the garlic and onion. Add the beef and stor till it's brown, add curry powder.
- Add in all the diced veggies and mix thoroughly - stir frying for about 5 minutes.
- Add the soya sauce and all the seasoning. Fry for another 3-5 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the filling to cool down.
- Heat up the oven to 180C or gas mark 4 and 350F.
- Cut the puff pastry dough into a rectangle shape and brush with egg white. Put the filling in the middle and pinch the edge like making raviolis. Press the edge of the pastry with a fork to make it look like a pillow. Brush the top of the karipap with ee yolk.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. And serve immediately!
The filling is also lekker to be eaten with rice or pita bread!