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Friday, December 4, 2009

"Appetizers" -Phyllo 'Potlis' with Spiced Green Peas

I know what you are thinking...."She is obsessed with 'Phyllo dough'! Actually it  is not a 'obsession' but more of a 'fascination'.....how many different ways can I use the Phyllo dough! I am just experimenting with shapes, fillings, toppings, tastes- sweets-savories etc. And since I still have half of the phyllo dough sheets still sitting in my refrigerator...you may expect to see more of 'Phyllo' recipes!
Last afternoon, I was thinking what shape to go for today... And I remembered the 'Potli' style bags famous in India.They come in all different colors, sizes with pretty bead work and fancy strings.They are really  very pretty!Perfect I thought! I could do that! I can mold the phyllo into little 'Potlis' and stuff them with spicy green peas filling!

Here is the recipe:
For the Phyllo Dough
 6 sheets of Phyllo dough thawed at room temperature
1/2 tbsp butter melted
1)Place 1 Phyllo sheet on  a flat surface.Brush butter on the surface.
2) Place the next sheet on top.Press flat gently.Apply butter.Repeat for all 6 sheets.
3) Cut into 6 squares of equal size. If you want 'bigger' Potlis cut into 4 squares.
4) Keep covered with moist cloth untill ready to use. They dry up fast!

Spicy Green Peas filling
1 onion finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2tsp garam masala
1/2tsp cumin
1/2tsp mustard seeds
1/2tsp cumin-coriander powder
1/2tsp Chili powder
1/4tsp turmeric

1) Heat oil in a pan.Add mustard seeds amd let them splutter.Add the cumin seeds,onion and fry till golden colored.Add the tomatoes and rest of the spices.Fry 2-4 mins
2) Add the green peas and salt and fry again till the filling dries up.Let it cool

Phyllo Potlis assembly
1) Take 1 square of layered phyllo dough.Place 1 spoonfull filling in the center.
2) Pull up all corners gently and make into 'Potli'/Pouch.
3) Tie with 'Aluminun foil strips' or green onion leaves.I used aluminun foil strips.
4) Place on baking sheet and bake at 400 F for 20-25 mins untill the 'Potlis' turn Golden brown on all sides.
5) Serve warm with Ketchup/ Hot and sweet suace.Untie the aluminum foil before serving OR for more 'Interest' let your guests untie the 'Potli' before eating.

Untie the 'Potli'...Bite into the crisp buttery Phyllo dough and savor the Spicy green peas!


  1. Excellent recipes and clicks dear....Really fabulous.

  2. Thanks Tina! Your comments encourage me!:)