How to Make Vegetable Puffs – Indian Snack Recipe

Vegetable Puffs are a wonderful snack option for the days that you want something substantial and you can’t wait very long for it to be made!! These College-Canteen favorites are wonderful and the will take you back to the nostalgic ‘college days’. Relive the memories, at least the good parts with this easy recipe!


Puff Pastry Sheets – 1 box (from the frozen section of a grocery store)

For the Stuffing:
Oil – 1 tsp
Onions – 1/4 small, finely chopped
Potato – 1 small, shredded
Salt – to taste
Carrots – 1/4, shredded
Paneer – 1/4 cup, shredded
Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
Chaat Masala – 1/4 tsp
Dry Mango Powder (Amchur) – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder – to taste


1. Take the sheets of Puff Pastry out and thaw them at room temperature for about 40 minutes.
2. Pre-heat the Oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Now for the stuffing, take a small skillet and heat Oil on medium heat.
4. Once hot, add in the Onions and saute till they turn translucent.
5. Add in the Potatoes and a little salt. Mix well, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes till the Potatoes are cooked.
6. Add in the Carrots and the Paneer. Mix.
7. Add in the spices – Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder, Chaat Masala, Dry Mango Powder and Red Chili Powder.
8. Mix really well and keep aside.
9. Cut the Pastry sheets strips into 3s to form a square.
10. Put 1 tbsp (approx) of the stuffing in the center.
11. Fold the Pastry Sheet to make a triangle.
12. Use a fork and gently, but firmly, press into the sides and press away (to form a design and help seal)
13. Put the Puffs on a cookie sheet lined with foil.
14. Place in the pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
15. Once they are out of the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to rest and cool down for 5 minutes.
16. Serve with chutney or ketchup.

1. Use any vegetable and spice combination for the Puffs.
2. It is very important to allow them to cool for 5 minutes – this will make the puffs nice and flaky AND it won’t burn your mouth.
3. The Cooling rack is great but if you don’t have one, improvise – take the oven rack and give it some height and use that.
4. Optional – add finely chopped green chilies or/and cilantro.
4. Use up left-overs subzis, keema or just scramble some eggs – be innovative!

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118 thoughts on “How to Make Vegetable Puffs – Indian Snack Recipe

  1. hey amandeep

    thanks for the reply i didnt mean the pastry sheets i already got those… i meant the baking tray where they are using to bake the puffs… can i place the puffs in the same where i bake the cakes or do i need to buy a separate baking tray for these puffs


    1. Hi Shobana,

      You can use a cake pan to bake the puffs, though it will not fit too many (unless you use a 9 by 13 one).

  2. Hey can you let me know if I could use the ones which is been used for baking the cakes or anything separately for puffs.

    1. hey shobhana, i used pepperidge pastry sheets available in walmart frozen section near frozen deserts. r gud. some ppl used malasian parathas which r also frozen.

    2. Hi Shobana,

      So sorry but I did not understand your question. What item are you referring to…the puff pastry sheets?


  4. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    I tried making these vegetable puffs but they didn’t turn out to be flaky as shown in the video or how they are usually!! I live in London and bought rolled puff pastry sheets from the frozen section as suggested by you ! I made the stuffing as told by you and it turned out to be yummm… but when I made the puffs … they were not flaky. I cooked them at 200C,grilling for approximately 25-30 minutes. But they turned to be more like biscuits … :-(.

    I love vegetable puffs… so tried them !!

    Please advise as to what can be done to make it flaky.

    Thanks for the recipe. I hope I will be able to make it properly someday 🙂


    1. Hi Shewta,
      Unfortunately we are not sure what happened. You might want to double check and make sure you did indeed buy Puff Pastry Sheets and not something else.

  5. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    I am a little confused about reheating the puff the Q&A following this recipe you say puff pastry burns when reheated, but in the pinwheels recipe you say it can be reheated in the oven. Am I missing something?

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Mehak,
      Over time, we have learnt some tips and tricks – this is one of those 🙂
      If you would like to re-heat the puff-pastry – turn the oven on to the lowest setting, turn it off and then put the puff-pastry or the pin-wheels in for a little while till the get heated all the way thru.
      They are still best had fresh right out of the oven…. Enjoy 🙂

  6. Hi Hetal and Anuja,
    A wonderful recipe and well shown. It reminds me of my good old days:). I have tried this recipe many times now and has never failed me. Could i mention this recipe on my blog? I will definetely give the credits to you. Please let me know. Thanks.

  7. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    I tried this recipe yesterday and My husband loved it. Thank you so much guys for nice and easy to make recipes. I really appreciate your effort.

  8. Hi Hetal/Anuja,

    I simply love your site and bank on you for perfect recipes.

    I am a great fan of you both…You both are like a MIL to me, who teaches her DIL all the recipes to please the family:):)

    Regarding puff pastries, i have microwave oven (convectional), can i make puff pastries in it?

  9. Hi Hetal/Anuja,

    Great to find the recipe for Veg puffs over here. we have puffs as our breakfast on every sunday. Vareites of puffs, paneer, cheese, chinese etc. We get it from the bakeries here.

    Today, i just thought, that i will ask mom to try this out at home. But it is very difficult to get these ready made puff pastry sheets here. We did not get this at D-Mart as well..

    Can you please help out with the recipe of pastry sheets?


  10. I want to make these puffs and mail them over to my husband (we live in different cities) It might take 2 days to reach…is it safe? will the puffs spoil?

  11. I followed the instructions & it was moth-watering !! craving to eat it again,will make it soon!! feels good to eat puffs away from home!!

  12. Hey Hetal & Anuja,
    Thanks a lot for the recipe. I am planning to make this tomorrow. I read somewhere that if the puffs are flipped half-way through the cooking, it makes them cook evenly and not brown at the bottom. What is your opinion on this? Please reply.

    Thanks and Regards,

    1. Hi Priya,
      The instructions never ask to flip, so on that note, we have never tried it. If you do try, let us know. We think that the flaky layer over the top would get crushed.

  13. Hi didi,

    Please help me..this is a urgent help!
    Can i roll these sheets a little extra since i m gonna make this as a Appetizer and i feel this version is gonna be a little heavy. This way, i think i can make more puffs with a single sheet. Please tell me if it is a safe option to roll it out little. I did see that recent video of fruit tart that u guys made. In that u put some flour and rolled it more than its usual size.
    Can i do the same thing here? I can use some flour right as u did?

    Please help me..


  14. Hi ,
    Can I use maida atta instead, not sure will it give the same crispiness or layering.I am in india
    thanks for the reply

    1. Hi Ria,

      We have not tried to make the puffs at home though it can be done. It requires a lot of butter/ghee and patience.

  15. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    Nice recipe. I tried to make it. It came out well but it did not bake properly from inside. It was “Kachcha” from inside.

    Can you give me any suggestion for that.


    1. Hi Mandeep,
      Anytime the outer layer gets cooked and the inner is raw…rule of thumb, lower temperature and cook longer. Every Oven is different and you might have to experiment a bit.
      Also, hope the puffs were not too close to any of the elements…
      Hope that helps!

  16. hi

    hetal& anjana

    i live in thialand and i am gujju,pure vegi.
    i see your all recipe video and try many recipe ilike it its really nice.
    please if possible you give me PUFF PIE (ANY FRUIT )
    RECIPE like pinepple or any other


  17. Hi Anuja & Hetal,

    Thanks for the puff recipe.. It is awesome!! I just have a question, Can I make a puff using Microwave oven? Plz reply.. Is there any way out for that?

    1. Hi Divya,

      Unfortunately, you cannot use the microwave for these puffs…they have to be baked. You could possibly try a toaster oven, though we have never tried it.

  18. Hi Hetal and Anuja

    I tried to make these puffs and they came out very well with only one problem. The bottom layer turned dark brown and looked burned. It tasted very well though but in the next batch i tried reducing the oven temperature to 350-325 but in that case they didnt puff very well and were somewhat soft. I used a Gas oven. Do you think that could have made any difference? One of my friend told me that Puffs are usually dark brown at bottom.. is that true?

    1. Hi Namrata,

      Yes, to a certain extent, puffs do tend to be a “little” darker at the bottom because they come in contact with the hot baking tray. However, they should not be burnt. We don’t have a gas oven so we have not tried it and are not sure if that might be the case. Did you follow the thawing instructions that are on the box?

  19. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    One query….i intend to make the stuffings one day ahead & bake the puffs the next day. In this case, approxmitaley for how long should the oven be pre-heated?

    Please do reply to this. waiting for your response!


    1. Hi Vidya,

      The oven temp, cooking time and pre-heating time do not change. Since you’ll be keeping the stuffing in the fridge, you can warm it slightly (room temp) in the microwave before stuffing the pastry sheets.

  20. Hi Hetal/Anuja,

    This recipe is simply delicious. I am a great fan of your website & have learnt most of my cooking from you guys.

    But I have had a problem with the puff pastries. I purchased them at Safeway Stores – Safewway Select Phyllo Dough Pastry Sheets.They are thin layered separate sheets. Is is the same that you have used here? My Puffs didn’t turn out well. I even buttered the layers in between the sheets & put them in oven. But we we ate it, we could taste the flour in the sheets of the puffs. Neither did they pluff up. Please help!!
    Any suggestions on how can I solve this problem?

    Hetal Mehta

    1. Hi Hetal (nice name 🙂 ),

      Phyllo dough pastry sheets are not the same as puff pastry sheets. Pepperidge Farm makes the puff pastry that we use. Phyllo sheets are used for things like baklava – thin and crispy, not soft and flaky. Puff pastry ca be found in the freezer section with all the desserts. Good luck!

      1. Hi Hetal,(Lovely name we got 😉 )

        Thanks for your reply. I will try finding the puff pastry in the freezer section next time. But do you have any suggestions on how can I use the phyllo sheets instead of wasting them?

        Thanks again! 🙂

        1. You can make some great Baklava with the phyllo sheets. Unfortunately, we do not have a video or an exact recipe for it but bet you could find one on the net.

    1. Hi Shubha,

      Unfortunately, you cannot fry these puffs. They will absorb way too much oil. You can use your samosa filling in them to make baked samosas.

  21. Hi Jay,

    Reheating puff pastry is a little tricky. They tend to burn very quickly the second time around. You could just stuff them and keep them in the fridge (if its going to be less than an hour) and bake them when your guests arrive. It doesn’t take too long to bake. I wouldn’t keep them too long in the fridge because sometimes, the layers don’t puff properly.

    If you do decide to bake them ahead of time, just keep them in a warm oven (200 degrees F) until your guests arrive.

  22. hi ladies ….nice recipes …i think it will be better if you add some chinese dishes in this section of smtc…good luck and god bless to u both.

  23. Hi,
    I have a question….what if I want to reheat the cooked puff pastries?… it advisable to prepare them just an hour ahead and just reheat them quickly after the guests arrive…what temperature of the oven do u just to do this at? and would it get burned?…would it remain puffed?


  24. Hi Mansi,

    Unfortunately, you cannot fill the puffs and refrigerate them without cooking. The dough must be taken out of the freezer and thawed just prior to baking otherwise they will not puff correctly with all of the layers.

    Our suggestion would be to make the filling ahead of time and stuff them when you need to. It does not take too long to stuff. Good luck!

  25. i had a question.. i want to make the puffs but i want to serve them the next day as i wont have time to make them in the morning so if i make them , not cook them and put them in the fridge and bake them the next day .. is that ok or will it spoil my puffs or the puff pastry ..


  26. Hi Anuja & Hetal

    I love ur receipe of veg puff and i want to try it.
    I looked in couple of stores for the sheets but was unable to find it.So can u tell me the name of store from where u got it or where i shall try…………

  27. Hi Rasna,

    Puff Pastry is available in American supermarkets in the frozen foods/desserts section. The brand is called Pepperidge Farm.

  28. hi
    Anuja & Hetal,

    i am new to america n i want to know where v get puff pastry’s. i mean to ask that, can v get theese even in american supermarkets or only in indian stores. i love puff n i thought i miss it. but surprisingly wen i visited ur site i saw this preparation. hope u reply imed.

  29. hi Anuja & Hetal
    thank u so much for ur efforts
    i realy like this puff thing so i do appreciate u for making video and showing us how to make it
    u both rock
    peace out

  30. Hi Ladies
    This is Priya and I am from New Zealand love your website and would like to thank you for all the recipies.

  31. Hii Anuja & Hetal,

    U really do a simply superb kind of cooking with your yummy recipes…Lovely!!!
    I just wanna know if the puffs can retain their crispyness for atleast 1 day after baking or not.I really want to try them out for a potluck this weekend preferrably to be baked the previous night itself.So can u plss let me know if they would be the same way even if i microwave them just before eating.

  32. I was wondering if we have to boil the potatoes before cooking them if we are making puffs in larger quantity. Would they cook in 2-3 minutes if taken raw?


  33. Hi,

    I tried the recipe and i used something else first for the puffs but this is really great.

    Thanks for this wonderful site. This is a heaven for bachelors like me.


  34. Thanks Hetal and Anuja,
    For your recipe..its really quick and easy…i just made in 15 mins and it really turned out great..

  35. hey Hetal and anuja.
    This is great receipe thanks posting it.I made following changes.I used cubed cut potatos and peas with sauf,ginger and all curry powders in it.just like Samosa mixture and it turned out very well..

    Thanks for such a great post

  36. Hi Hetal & Anuja ,

    I thought I will just share my experience I do make these puff very often and I have tried making it with boiled eggs ,paneer and corn and they come up very tasty.

    You can try them too.:)

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