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Kerala Egg Puffs | Bakery Style Easy Snack Recipe

Kerala bakery-style egg puffs, crispy flaky goodness…

Egg puffs are a popular snack in Kerala that consists of a baked pastry filled with a savory mixture of eggs, onions, and spices. They are commonly sold in bakeries and street food stalls in Kerala and are enjoyed as a quick and tasty snack.

The pastry shell of an egg puff is made from puff pastry, which is a light, flaky dough that is created by folding layers of butter or margarine into a flour mixture. Making puff pastry from scratch is a time-consuming process, hence I always get store-bought sheets. All I have to do is thaw the puff pastry sheets for an hour & then make a simple filling.

The onion filling is made by sauteing onions till golden brown & seasoned them with a blend of spices. It’s an easy filling.

To make egg puffs, the pastry sheet is cut into squares. A spoonful of the onion mixture is placed onto each pastry, and topped with hard-boiled egg, wrapped into a gift box style. The puffs are then brushed with egg wash and baked until golden brown.

Egg puffs are a delicious snack that is devoured by everyone.

Kerala Egg Puffs | Bakery Style Recipe
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 people
For making onion filling
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Onions, sliced thin- 2
  • Ginger garlic paste- ½ tbsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Kashmiri chili powder- 2 tsp (or add 1 tsp regular hot chili powder)
  • Turmeric powder- 2 pinches
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1 tsp (optional)
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 tbsp
  • Tomato ketchup- 1½ tbsp
Other ingredients
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Puff pastry sheet
  • Egg- 1
  1. I've used store-bought puff pastry sheets. It was frozen, take it out of the freezer & thaw the sheet for at least an hour.
  2. puff pastry sheet will make 4 large puffs or 6 medium-sized puffs. For making more, double or triple the onion filling recipe.
  3. Cook the hard-boiled eggs, I cooked the eggs in my Instant Pot- pressure cook the eggs for 5 minutes followed by 5 minutes of natural pressure release & then do a quick pressure release. Immediately plunge the eggs in ice-cold water for 5 minutes, this is to stop the cooking.
  4. Peel off the shells, rinse the hard boiled eggs in water to remove any tiny shells stuck on the eggs and half the eggs, keep them aside.
  5. Next, let's make the onion filling.
  6. Onions have to sliced really thin & even, I sliced the onions in my food processor.
  7. Place a large saucepan over medium heat, add oil, onion, ginger garlic paste & ½ tsp salt.
  8. Saute till onions turn golden brown.
  9. Add all the spices along with 1 tsp salt & cook for a couple of minutes.
  10. Add cilantro & tomato ketchup, combine well & cook for 2 minutes.
  11. Place the halved hard boiled eggs over the onion filling, gently wrap the filling on the eggs & cook for 2 minutes.
  12. Take the pan off the heat & let it cool down completely.
  13. I’ve taken 1 thawed puff pastry sheet.
  14. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 4 or 6 equal squares.
  15. Place 2 tbsp onion filling onto each puff pastry square.
  16. Top with a halved hard-boiled egg.
  17. Wrap the puff pastry sheet into a pocket- bring the corners of the sheet over the egg & gently seal it.
  18. Seal the sides completely without any gaps.
  19. To a bowl, crack an egg & beat well using a whisk.
  20. Using a puff pastry brush, spread the egg over the puff pastry. Don't skip the egg wash, egg wash will impart golden color to the puffs.
  21. I baked the puffs in the air fryer, you can also bake them in an oven.
  22. Place the stuffed puff pastry into the air fryer basket, set the temperature to 400 F or 200 C & time to 25 minutes.
  23. If baking in the oven, preheat the oven to 400 F or 200 C & bake the puffs for 25 minutes.
  24. The puffs will turn super crispy & flaky, along with the egg-onion filling tastes delicious. This has to be enjoyed right away that's when the puffs will be crispy.



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...