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Vindaloo Puffs

Course Desserts & Tea Snacks, Starters
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Arbez Patel


  • 16 dried Kashmiri Chillies, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 (1 inch) piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 gram cumin seeds
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 kg boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 onions, chopped
  • 10 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 475 ml boiling water
  • 2 green capsicum (peppers) seeded and cut into strips
  • 60 ml white vinegar
  • 4 Puff Pastry sheets


  • Grind the Kashmiri chilis, cinnamon stick, cumin, clove, peppercorns, and turmeric in the mixer to a smooth powder.
  • Mix with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to create a smooth paste. Season to taste with salt.
  • Mix the pork cubes with the spice-vinegar paste in a bowl until evenly coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate in the refrigerator 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the onions, garlic, and ginger until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the pork and its marinade, and cook, stirring frequently, until the pork cubes have firmed, about 5 minutes. Pour in the water, bring to simmer, then reduce heat, cover, and cook until the pork is tender, about 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can also empty the contents into a pressure cooker and cook this for 2 whistles and 10 minutes on slow.
  • Stir in the green capsicum strips and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Cook uncovered until the green chile peppers have softened and the vindaloo has thickened, about 30 more minutes. Season to taste with salt.
  • After cooled, shred pork using two forks, mix well with gravy. Should be fairly dry.
  • Cut puff pastry into desired size squares. I make 3x3 inch squares. Place vindaloo mixture in the middle of each square.
  • Dampen edges with water. Fold pastry into rectangles, triangles or little pockets. Seal edges down with fork and poke the tops a couple of times to allow venting.
  • Brush with beaten egg and water mixture and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or till golden brown. Garnish as desired. Serve hot and enjoy!!

Optional: Vindaloo Tikkis

  • If you don't have access to puff pastry, you can also make some Vindaloo Tikkis instead. First, boil peeled and quartered potatoes in salt water. Cool and mash, season with salt, pepper and finely chopped cilantro. Refrigerate.
  • When cold, use oiled hands to make patty with mash potato, add vindaloo mixture in the middle, close and flatten into round discs. Refrigerate to firm.
  • Just prior to shallow frying the tikkis, dust them in flour and fry, turning carefully to brown both sides. Serve with lemon, sliced onions and cilantro.