Spiral Curry Puffs (Epok-Epok/Karipap Pusing)

Samantha Tan

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Crispy and golden on the outside with a spicy savory potato filling, this scrumptious Malaysian snack is sort of a cross between a samosa and an empanada and is usually found sold freshly fried at roadside stalls. Some versions don't bother with the spiral crust, but I can assure you it adds a delectable flaky crunch that completely elevates this traditional teatime treat to another level.

The recipe below is easy though a little tedious with the multiple steps, but creates a pastry that stays crispy even when the puffs have cooled down. Form them as large or small as required- they also freeze well, so make ahead of time and fry straight from frozen when needed.

Spiral Curry Puffs (Epok-Epok/Karipap Pusing)

Makes about 30 small puffs

Firstly, The Two Doughs You Need For Spiralling

  • Water Dough

Combine the following and knead the following with your fingers or a dough hook attachment on your mixer until soft, pliable and non-sticky:

300g flour

½ tsp salt

½ cup lukewarm water

1 small beaten egg

1 tbsp of oil

Divide and roll into two equal balls, then cover (otherwise it will dry out) and leave to rest for 30 mins.


  • Grease dough

Knead 75g softened butter into 150g flour until shiny and smooth (I used to do the shortcrust pastry thing by cutting in cold butter cubes, but I've discovered room temperature butter actually works much better!). Divide and roll into two equal balls.

Water dough on the left, grease dough on the right


Next, The Curried Potato Filling

Finely chop/blend these together and saute in a little bit of oil over medium heat until fragrant:

1 large onion

2 garlic cloves

2 dried chillies, soaked


Add and stir until well-combined:

2 tbsp good curry powder (I like Baba's)

2-3 large potatoes, cut into small cubes

Salt and sugar to taste

About 1 cup water

Optional: a sprinkling of curry leaves if you have it


Simmer, stirring occasionally until all moisture is absorbed and potatoes are tender. Leave to cool thoroughly before using.


Assembling the Curry Puffs: A Step-by-Step Picture Guide

Enclose one ball of grease dough neatly in a ball of water dough.


On a lightly floured surface, roll out into a very thin oval with a rolling pin,
then roll up tightly from one end to the other like a Swiss roll.


Turn the rolled up tube 90 degrees (so one end faces you) and repeat the previous step- flatten it thinly again lengthwise into a long oval , then roll up tightly like a Swiss roll.


With a sharp knife, slice into 1cm discs (or thicker if making larger puffs). The spiral layers should be clearly visible.


Flatten each disc into a thin circle with a rolling pin (as thin as you can get it without the layers splitting apart).


Place the rolled out pastry onto a curry puff mould (or use your palm if you don't have one). Fill with just enough curried potato in the middle- not too much or it will burst!


Fold the mould over carefully to enclose, peeling off any excess pastry from the sides. If you prefer to crimp manually, pinch the edges flat and fold in at a 45 degree angle to form a rope as pictured.


The assembled curry puffs- one manually crimped, one made with a mould behind it. At this point the puffs can be frozen for future use if you like.

Frying the Curry Puffs

Heat some oil over medium-high heat and deep fry the puffs, tossing continuously until golden brown.

Remove with a pair of wooden chopsticks or a slotted spoon, shake off excess oil and drain on kitchen towels before serving.



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