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Light and crunchy deep-fried crescent puff shells filled with savory potato filling that are smothered with Japanese curry sauce. This Spiral Curry Puffs with Japanese Curry Filling is a delicious fusion of classic Malaysian snack and street food Karipap Pusing with all-time favorite Japanese curry.

spiral curry puffs

I learned about Spiral Curry Puffs when I had a job visit in Singapore for a short while. I saw many stalls selling these treats and cannot resist to buy one myself. It was so good that I got addicted to them ever since. It has been months since I ate them and it is probably about time to learn how to make it at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About Spiral Curry Puffs

Spiral Curry Puffs are all the raves in Singapore and Malaysia. Spiral Curry Puffs are also known as Karipap Pusing. Karipap means curry puffs and pusing means the spiralized pattern in the context of Malay language. They are deep-fried crescent-shaped pastries filled with savory potato filling. Because of their popularity, you can found these treats sold freshly fried at many Malay, Chinese, and Indian food stalls.

They look quite similar to the western puff called empanadas, but the Southeast Asian style is normally filled with curried potatoes, chicken, or sardines. Then, they are deep-fried to give the crispiness. In Indonesia, we also have something similar called pastel. Most of the time, I find them filled with vermicelli, stir-fried vegetables, and boiled hard eggs.

What makes these Spiral Curry Puffs different from my country is the curry filling and the beautiful spiralized pattern on the skin. I used to think that this dish will be super complicated to make, but it is actually easier than I thought. In fact, this is actually my first time making Spiral Curry Puffs and they are a great success. How to make this texture lies in the making of the skin and I will tell you step by step with a video tutorial on how to make it below.

About Japanese Curry Filling

For the recipe, I used Japanese curry filling because that was all I had in my kitchen. If you follow my website, you will find many recipes about Japanese curry and one of them is about Curry Bread. I used the filling recipe from Curry Bread and it works well with the Spiral Curry Puffs. You can also fill these Spiral Puffs with other ingredients if you like, not limited to curry only. Either sweet or savory, the filling should be in a paste form and not runny to prevent any mess during frying.

Nowadays, curry sauce is most commonly made from instant curry roux, which is available in block and powder forms. It is a staple of Japanese households and you can find Japanese curry roux at supermarkets across Japan. You can find them sold online. I used the Vermont curry mix, which has a milder taste.

japanese curry roux

I must say the prepackage Japanese curry roux is a life saver. The solid roux is already made with all flavor packed inside which melts easily in hot liquid. You just need to cook vegetables and meat in water, after which the solid chunks of roux are added to the broth. You can usually find the prepackage Japanese curry roux in 3 levels of spiciness – mild, medium, and hot. I personally prefer the mild one because it has a sweeter flavor.

To make the filling, stir fry the finely diced onion, potatoes, and carrot until cooked. Add ground beef and cook until it is fully cooked. Add soy sauce, ketchup, and Japanese curry roux along with a mixture of cornstarch water. Do not forget to break down the curry roux with a wooden spatula while mixing to make sure it is well combined.

How to Make the Spiral Puffs

I used the Huang Kitchen recipe for the exterior dough. The recipe yields 40 Spiral Curry Puffs plus some leftover bits which you can use to make a few more. I have to admit that making all of them at once is pretty tedious, so it is okay to half the recipe. You can also store raw Spiral Puffs in a freezer if you cannot finish them at once. But my suggestion is to fry them in the same day because they puff more nicely during frying when still fresh.

I would definitely characterize these spiral puffs recipe to be more for an intermediate cook. There are a lot of steps, folding, and measuring. But in the end, everything is worth it because the homemade version tastes as delicious as the store-bought one. They are absolutely heavenly when eaten still hot and to me the result is every bit as good. Let’s get deeper on how to make the Spiral Puffs below.

1. Make the dough

These Spiral Puffs exterior are flaky and crunchy. This type of pastry is much like the western puff pastry which is made from paper-thin layers of butter trapped between layers of dough. But in this case, we make separate two types of dough which are water dough pastry and oil dough pastry, then we roll and fold the dough to create those layers.

Make the water dough first by mixing and kneading all-purpose flour, salt, beaten eggs, and water. It takes about 10 minutes by hand to form the gluten and make them stretchy and elastic. Then, rest the dough for 30 minutes to allow gluten strands to relax and make it easier to shape. Do not forget to cover the dough with a clean and damp kitchen towel to prevent it from drying.

water dough pastry

Next, make the oil dough by mixing the all-purpose flour and margarine until well incorporated. It will be very soft and has a paste consistency.

oil dough pastry

2. Divide and combine the dough

Then, divide the oil dough into 20 even small balls. I use a kitchen scale to weigh everything. In my case, each ball weight about 17gr. By the time you finish dividing the oil dough, the water dough should finish resting. Divide the water dough into 20 even small balls, each about 30gr.

After finishing the dividing process, you should have even 20 water dough and 20 oil dough. Take a ball of water dough, flatten it with your hand, and put a ball of oil dough in the center. Gather the water dough edges to cover the oil dough and pinch any seam to seal it. Repeat the process to the remaining dough and you should have created 20 combined dough balls.

combining water dough and oil dough for making spiral curry puffs

3. Roll the dough

Next, take a ball of combined dough and flatten and roll out on a lightly floured surface into a long rectangular shape with a rolling pin. Working on the shorter end, slowly roll up tightly into a swiss roll.

rolling spiral curry puffs into a swiss roll

Turn the rolled dough upright and flatten the dough again into a long rectangular shape. Roll it up like a swiss roll again. Continue doing so with the rest of the combined dough.

rolling the spiral curry puffs
laminating spiral curry puffs

Cut each of the rolled dough into two halves with a sharp knife. You should be able to see the spirals on the inside.

dividing dough for making spiral curry puffs
raw spiral curry puffs dough

4. Shape the dough

Put the flat side down and flatten each half of the cut dough with a rolling pin. I used a dough press mold to shape the Spiral Curry Puffs. It makes everything easier and faster, but you can still do shape the Spiral Curry Puffs manually if you do not have the mold. Put the flattened dough on a dough press mold and add a tablespoon of curry filling. Close the mold, press firmly so that the edge is sealed completely. 

rolling the spiral puffs dough
filling the spiral curry puffs with japanese curry filling
shaping spiral curry puffs with mold

If you do not have the mold, put a tablespoon of curry filling in the center of the flattened uncut side. Fold and shape into a half-moon. Pinch the edges together to seal in the filling and pleat the edges decoratively. This is probably the hardest part in the recipe because you need some skill to pleat the edges beautifully.

shaping spiral curry puffs

Do not add too much filling as it may leak out during folding and deep-frying. Also please make sure the edge is sealed up completely. It is essential to have a sufficient amount of pastry and press firmly. Otherwise, the curry puffs may break during deep-frying.

raw spiral curry puffs
raw spiral curry puffs
raw spiral curry puffs

5. Deep-frying the Spiral Curry Puffs

Heat oil for deep frying in a big frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is heated to 360 F/180°C, carefully drop in curry puffs in several batches into the oil. Cook until golden brown and crispy for about 4-5 minutes. It takes longer to deep-fry the larger curry puffs. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain while it cools.

How to Store Spiral Curry Puffs

You can store the freshly made raw curry puffs in a freezer and fry them just before serving although I recommend frying them on the spot for better texture. Put them in a tray, single layer, separated from one with another, and freeze them. Keep the frozen curry puffs in an airtight plastic container. It can be kept in the freezer for several weeks. Simply fry the frozen ones directly in low heat before serving and remove the Spiral Curry Puffs when they turn brown in color.

deep fried spiral curry puffs
spiral curry puffs with japanese curry filling

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Spiral Curry Puffs with Japanese Curry Filling

Light and crunchy deep-fried crescent puff shells filled with savory potato filling that are smothered with Japanese curry sauce. This Spiral Curry Puffs with Japanese Curry Filling is a delicious fusion of classic Malaysian snack and street food Karipap Pusing with all-time favorite Japanese curry.
Author: Jaja Bakes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Japanese, Malaysian
Servings: 40 curry puffs
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Prep Time2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time3 hours

Ingredients

Japanese Curry Filling

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced finely
  • 1 medium carrot, diced finely
  • 4 medium potatoes, diced finely
  • 7 oz (200 gr) ground beef
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cubes Japanese curry roux
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Water Dough Pastry

  • 3 1/3 cups (400 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 1/2 tbsp (100 ml) water

Oil Dough Pastry

  • 1 2/3 cups (200 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (150 gr) margarine, melted

Instructions

Japanese Curry Filling

  • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot, stirring until softened. Add potatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until the potatoes and carrot are fully cooked.
  • Add ground beef and break it down into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Add ketchup and soy sauce. Stir until well combined.
  • Mix water and cornstarch to make a slurry. Pour the slurry and curry roux into the frying pan. Break down the curry roux into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Stir together until everything is well combined and thickened. Turn off the heat and set aside.

Spiral Puffs Dough

  • Make the water dough pastry. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, eggs, and water. Stir together with a wooden spoon until dough forms. Then, knead the dough with your hands until smooth. It takes about 10 minutes by hand. Form dough into a ball and let the dough rest for 30 minutes while covered with a clean damp kitchen towel.
  • Meanwhile, make the oil dough pastry. In a medium bowl, combine flour and melted margarine with a wooden spoon until dough forms.
  • Measure the weight of the water and oil dough pastry with a kitchen scale and divide it into 20. Divide the oil dough pastry into 20 small balls, mine is 17gr each. Then, divide the water dough pastry into 20 even balls, mine is 30gr each. Cover the divided dough with a clean damp kitchen towel to prevent them from drying.
  • Flatten a ball of water dough pastry into a flat round and place a piece of oil dough pastry in the center. Gather the edges of the water dough pastry and pinch the seam to cover the filling. Continue with the rest of the dough.
  • Take a ball of combined dough and flatten and roll out on a lightly floured surface into a long rectangular shape with a rolling pin. Working on the shorter end, slowly roll up tightly into a swiss roll. Turn the rolled dough upright and flatten the dough again into a long rectangular shape. Roll it up like a swiss roll again. Continue doing so with the rest of the combined dough.
  • Cut each of the rolled dough into two halves with a sharp knife. Put the flat side down and flatten each half of the cut dough with a rolling pin.

Assemble

  • Put the flattened dough on a curry puff press mold and add a tablespoon of curry filling. Close the mold, press firmly so that the edge is sealed completely. Cut the excess dough and remove the curry puff from the mold. If you do not have the mold, put a tablespoon of curry filling in the center of the flattened uncut side. Fold and shape into a half-moon. Pinch the edges together to seal in the filling and pleat the edges decoratively.
  • Repeat the same process for the rest of the dough. Do not forget to cover the dough that is not being worked on and the shaped curry puffs with a clean damp kitchen towel to prevent them from drying out.
  • Heat oil for deep frying in a big frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is heated to 350F/180°C, carefully drop in curry puffs in several batches into the oil. Cook until golden brown and crispy for about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined dish to drain while it cools.

Notes

You can freeze the curry puffs before frying. Place them in a freezer bag with some space so that they will not stick to each other, and seal tightly. When you are ready to cook them, fry them directly (do not thaw). You will need to cook a few minutes longer to make sure the inside will not be cold.

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