If anyone asks me..what was my favorite weekend breakfast back in India(Pune)? The answer will be the 'pattice' from Green bakery!
It used to be kind of a 'delicacy',because these bakeries will only make those on certain days of the week..and that too you have to stand in a queue to get this on busy weekends!
And ya...there were weekends when we went to the bakery a little late in the morning....and they ran out of the pattice.''Pattice NOT Available' the board would say.How heartbreaking was that!They were 'so' much in demand!
Even now,when 'M' and I go back to India,one of our 'culinary' agendas is eating the Green bakery pattice. They make such a flaky pastry stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas. We even make use of our 'jet lag' and wake up early and walk to the bakery very early in the morning to buy the pattice. 'M' always has one question.....if they are 'so' much in demand ...and they run out of the pattice early in the mornings itself.....then why don't they make more of those???????
They should work out their 'Supply-Demand' equation again!(His MBA is speaking here!)
Here in USA...you don't get the pattice anywhere....but you do get the Puff pastry.I tell you..I was so glad when I discovered that! So I started making my own 'veggie puffs' ...close enough to the 'green bakery way'!
1 packet Pepperidge farm puff pastry
2 boiled potatoes mashed well
3/4 cup boiled green peas
1 tbsp chopped onion
1/2tsp garlic ginger paste
1/2tsp Garam masala
1/4tsp turmeric powder
1/4tsp chili powder
1/4tsp cumin-coriander powder
5-6 curry leaves
1/4tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds
Salt to taste
1) Thaw the puff pastry sheets as instructed on the packet
2)Preheat oven to 400F
2) Heat 2tsp oil,add mustard, cumin,curry leaves and fry for few secs.Add ginger garlic paste,turmeric powder,chopped onion and fry.
3)Add the mashed potato,peas,chili powder,garam masala,cumin coriander powder,fennel seeds, salt,and mix all together.Fry till everything warm ups.
4) Cut the puff pastry sheets in desired shape.Stuff with the above stuffing.I usually make 'triangle' puffs (like green bakery),but this time made the rectangle ones.
Press the edges with a fork and place on baking sheet.
5) Bake for about 25 mins or till golden brown and flaky
5) Serve warm with Ketchup/ mint chutney
Very versatile and can be stuffed with 'anything'.....spiced shredded boneless chicken, egg bhurgi(spicy scramble eggs),boiled eggs, minced chicken/lamb(kheema) etc.
About the picture:
'M' took this picture and it was his idea to put those 'ketchup' lines in the background, on the plate! How cool was that!