Savory Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers – Air Fryer / Oven

Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers Air Fryer Oven

A flaky golden crust with spicy flavorful paneer filling. A perfect snack with tea – Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers!  Who would not love a warm savory puff?

In many places in India, you get this at breakfast or snack shops. They used to be a favorite growing up. You get this similar puff pastry in the US, but most of the time it is with sweet filing. I did find a similar one in Germany which was savory filled with spinach and feta, which was delicious. I had one everyday on the way to work, picking it at the train station. Oh…I had forgotten all about counting calories then 🙂

I wanted to make these at home. Making puff pastry sheets can be hard, but guess what? You can buy these in stores and that makes this the easiest appetizer ever! Just add your favorite filling – potatoes, ground meat, paneer, cheese maybe? Oh…I am already looking forward to have these with my tea this evening!

These pastry puffs are perfect for a party. I have been making these for a very long time and they are my go to appetizer when I have friends visiting. These can be easily prepared in advance and baked when needed.

You can make these puff pastries in the air fryer or in the oven. When I need to make these puff’s in bulk for a gathering, I use the oven. However when just preparing puffs for two, my Philips air fryer works best. I don’t have to heat the oven and the house for just two puffs. Let’s get cooking!

Preparing Paneer Filling for Puff Pastry

Before you start preparing the filling, get the puff pastry squares out of the freezer and let them thaw. You can use puff pastry squares or sheets, but I prefer squares as they are pre-cut to the size and saves me some effort.

Puff Pastry Squares

For the filling, you need paneer. The paneer can be homemade or store bought. I made the paneer for this recipe in the instant pot, which I love for my everyday cooking. If you are not aware of it, check it out here.

Mash the paneer using a masher or with your gentle hands. You can also just cut them into small pieces. We will cook the paneer with onions, tomatoes and spices in a pan. I add more salt and red chili powder as it will not feel as spicy once filled in the puff pastry.

Paneer Bhurji or Paneer Scramble

Paneer filling can be stored easily in refrigerator for about a week or freezed for longer. This filling is very versatile and can be used as a side with roti/naan…it is basically paneer scramble or paneer bhurji!

If you dont have puff pastry, use this filling to make paneer sandwiches or stuffed parathas or quesadilla’s.

Preparing Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers in the Air Fryer or Oven 

If using oven, set it to preheat to 450°F when you start preparing the puff pastries.

Spread the puff pastry squares on a baking tray. I spread them on my cutting board and then moved them to a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Place the paneer filing at the center or closer to one edge of the puff pastry square.

Paneer filling on Puff Pastry

Gently fold the square and pinch to the other side to make a triangle. All the edges should be closed. Use a fork to seal the edges well.

paneer stuffed puff pastry close

Beat the egg white and brush them on the top side of the stuffed puff pastry. Sprinkle some nigella seeds to get the perfect looking puff! Nigella seeds are optional. You could also use sesame seeds if you like.

Paneer Puff Pastry brush woth egg white

Now, pop them in the oven or air fryer. For the oven, bake at 450°F for 10-12 minutes. For the air fryer, place two stuffed puff pastries into the air fryer basket. Bake at 390°F for 10-12 minutes. Flip them at about 7 min.

Paneer Puff Pastry baked

Don’t they look just so warm and welcoming.

Some people like to enjoy them with tomato ketchup, while others with mint chutney. All of them surely love a cup of warm tea or coffee with them.

I love the Maggi Hot and Spicy Tomato Ketchup with these puffs. If you like a spice kick, you can find this in your nearest indian grocery store.

Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers Air Fryer Oven

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Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers Air Fryer Oven
Savory Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers - Air Fryer
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A flaky golden crust with spicy flavorful paneer filling. Perfect appetizer for a party that can be prepared ahead of time. So easy and delicious!  

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Piping Pot Curry
For Paneer Filling:
Prepare the Paneer Filling:
  1. Remove the frozen puff pastry sheets from the freezer and let them thaw while you prepare the filling. 

  2. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. When the seeds start to change color in about 30 seconds, add the diced onions. Cook the onions for 3-4 minutes stirring frequently till they start to turn golden brown.

  3. Add the chopped tomatoes. Cook them for 3-4 minutes, until they form a thick mixture with the onions. 

  4. Add the salt, turmeric, red chili powder and garam masala. Mix well. 

  5. Add the paneer and mix with the onion tomato masala.  Cook for 3 minutes until the paneer becomes soft. 

  6. The paneer filling is ready.  You can also enjoy this as paneer bhurji or scramble along with roti or naan. 

Prepare the Puff Pastry:
  1. If baking in oven, preheat oven to 450°F. 

  2. Spread the puff pastry squares on a parchment paper on a baking sheet. Place the paneer filling at the center of the puff pastry square.

  3. Gently fold it and pinch to the other side to make a triangle. All the edges should be closed. Use a fork to seal the edges well. 

  4. Beat the egg white. Brush the egg whites on the top side of the stuffed puff pastry. Sprinkle some nigella seeds to get the perfect looking puff! 

  5. If using an oven, bake for 10-12 minutes until the paneer puff's are golden browned. 

  6. If using an air fryer, place 2 stuffed puff pastries into the air fryer basket. Bake at 390°F for 10-12 minutes. Flip the puffs at about 7 min. 

  7. Remove the puff pastries from the oven/air fryer into a serving dish and let them cool for couple of minutes. Enjoy with a dip or chutney and a cup of hot tea.  

Recipe Notes
  • For this recipe, you can just mash paneer or just cut it into small cubes.
  • If you like to skip egg, brush with melted butter or olive oil.
  • To prepare these ahead of time, stuff the puff pastries and freeze them. Just pop them in the oven when you need them. They might take 2-3 mins extra to bake. 

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4 thoughts on “Savory Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers – Air Fryer / Oven

  1. I have been using egg roll wrappers and a dumpling press to make samosa for decades. Puff pastry is probably a little closer to samosa dough (except a lot sweeter and with a ton of butter in it) but the egg roll wrappers are super easy to find and cheaper.

    The dumpling presses come in several sizes, right up to a great big calzone size. Just get whatever size you feel is appropriate for your samosas – I have 2 or 3 sizes so I can make mini-size samosas up to “regular” size samosas. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work as well with puff pastry as it does with the egg roll wrappers. I brush the edges with a beaten egg, press, and cut of the excess dough.

    1. That’s a great way to make samosas easily, and can do that in the air fryer. I guess the taste would be a bit different with the flakiness and as you mention buttery texture of the puff pastry. I will definitely try egg roll wrappers. Thanks for the tip 🙂

        1. Hey Riya – I got them at the Indian grocery store in the bay area. You can find pepperridge farm brand puff pastry sheets at other grocery stores or I found the sheets at Trader Joe’s too.

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