Friday, 1 April 2011

A wocket in the pocket

A lot of my working friends have often told me how they dream about surprising their loved ones by cooking something special but their busy and hectic routine doesnt allow them to stand in the kitchen and invest hours in making these. Since I am a cooking-freak and not even working these days, I might not fully relate myself to their situation but there is one objective that we all share, i.e achieving great output with less effort and smaller use of resources in the minimum of time. So, here is one of my favourite quick meals that is not only easy to prepare but also great for taking away in boxes for picnics or work time meals.

Meat Pockets:

250g puff pastry
1/4 kg  mutton / minced meat (Ive used minced meat here although the mutton filling tastes even better)
1 tbs garlic paste
2 small onions (chopped)
salt and  freshly coarse black pepper
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 green chili
1 egg for glazing

In case you are using mutton, cut the boneless meat into very small cubes. Mix the meat with other ingredients except for the egg and puff pastry.

Now roll out the puff pastry and cut into small squares. I am using a ready-made puff pastry here. This can, however, be made in big batches at home and frozen. The experienced cooks may prefer it that way but if you're short on time or just beginning to work with this dough, you may like to opt for the pre-made. I personally dont mind including few ready made products to my cooking if the time is really short as these can be really helpful in whipping up magical meals in no time.

Place some filling in the middle of the square. Now fold the two opposite corners together and press the dough with your finger tips.

Again, fold the other two corners and make a pocket. Brush with beaten egg (tip: for more beautiful results, try using the yolk only). Sprinkle few cumin seeds on top and bake on 180 C for 15-20 min.

Enjoy as snack or a complete meal served with yoghurt-cheese dip and mashed potatoes.

Tip: In case you are living in a country where puff pastry is not easily available at the market and you want to save the effort of making it at home, try asking at the local bakeries.

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