Friday, March 16, 2012


A few days ago, on our way home from the Pune University via Aundh Road, we stopped over for a "bite" at the Spicer College Bakery for a Doughnut, Lamington, Carrot Cake, Soy Milk and Veg Patties and picked up plenty of yummy confectionery too (Now if you live in a Godforsaken place like Wakad you better be well stocked up!).
The surprise were the vegetable patties - they were truly delicious - fresh, soft with a lip smacking filling  - and evoked memories of all the tasty patties I have relished in Pune - Hindustan Bakery in Shaniwar Peth, Santosh Bakery on Apte Road, Green Bakery near Shanipar, and New Poona Bakery near Wakad for the Veg Patties and the good old Naaz opposite West End in Camp for those matchless non-veg patties (Naaz disappeared a few years ago to make way for a Coffee Shop).
Here is a nostalgic piece on one of my all time favourites - the Hindustan Bakery Veg Patties. 

And I have also included a recipe for curry puff.
Happy Eating.
Yummy Snacks for Brunch and Tea

When I was a small boy, in the 1960s, and later in the 1970s, I sometimes lived at my grandfather’s place near Madiwale Colony on Tilak Road in Sadashiv Peth Pune.

Come Sunday morning and I was off to Hindustan Bakery on Bajirao Road to get a few packets of their famous patties for breakfast. 

You had to get there early otherwise the patties would be over and you had to go all the way to their branch in Shaniwar Peth to get the coveted delicacy which we all hungrily devoured for Sunday breakfast.

Sunday Breakfast meant Hindustan Bakery Vegetable Patties.

Hindustan Bakery Vegetable Patties are inimitable, superb to taste and matchless in quality – they taste divinely lip-smacking and are wholesome yet not heavy on the stomach, and I haven’t quite tasted a similar veg patty anywhere else.  

Those days Veg Patties were available only on Sunday mornings. 

Now I think they make them everyday so they have lost their exclusivity. 

Of course, many other bakeries like Green Bakery near Shanipar who also made patties but there was nothing to beat the patties of Hindustan Bakery.

Like I said, these days the delicacy has lost its exclusivity since veg patties are available in plenty every day, and also the quality doesn’t seem as it was in the past, probably due to mass production.

Well, I wish I could tell you how to make vegetable patties, instead I will give you the recipe of my favourite tea time snack – the curry puff – a non vegetarian version.

You’ll need Curry Powder (I use Ship Brand Madras Curry Powder which comes in its distinctive green coloured tin), a quarter kilo of boneless chicken cut is small pieces, four large boiled potatoes cut into small pieces, two finely chopped onions, a bit of boiled green peas and finely chopped carrots, maida [flour], two eggs, oil, salt, seasoning and spices.

Heat oil in a pan, add finely chopped onions and fry till translucent brownish, add the boneless chicken pieces and stir fry till the chicken is cooked.

Now add two large tablespoons of Curry Powder, the boiled vegetables [potatoes, peas, carrots], and salt to taste, stir till dry for about 4-5 minutes and keep aside the Curried Dry Chicken.

Make a smooth dough by kneading together the Maida [flour], Eggs, Oil, Seasoning [salt, pepper, chilli powder to taste] and Water. Let the dough stand for some time.

Now roll the dough and stuff in the curried dry chicken, making tikki or paan samosa or any other shapes of your choice [I prefer semi-circle karanjis] and shallow fry till crispy crusty golden brown.

Curry Puff is a hearty satiating wholesome tasty snack ideal with high tea or cocktails. Maybe for Sunday Brunch too…

Happy Cooking and Happy Eating…

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Anupama said...

By the time I was in school they used to be Hindustan baker patties used to be available on Thursdays and of course Sundays!Nowadays due to inflation they have reduced the amount of stuffing to cut costs.And now, of course,they are available at your corner grocer store!

Ridhi Joshi said...

Hello sir,very nicely written.Your blog brought back my old memories of pune.I stayed in Pune for five months before coming to Manipal.I spent my days in Magarpatta City,which is really well maintained and I still remember my auto rides to Karve nagar,deccan and Kalyani Nagar..really miss those days but I feel that transportation in Pune needs to be improved as in buses there is a lot of rush especially at swar gate and autos are really expensive..