Malaysian Karipap Pusing

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Karipap Pusing is a popular Malaysian snack that is made with a flaky pastry dough filled with a savory potato and meat mixture. The pastries are then deep-fried until golden brown and crispy. Karipap Pusing is a popular snack food in Malaysia, and it is often sold at street stalls and markets. It is also a popular food to bring to picnics and potlucks.


The origin of Karipap Pusing is unknown, but it is believed to have originated in the Malay Peninsula. The dish is thought to have been created by Indian immigrants who settled in Malaysia in the 19th century. The immigrants brought their own cuisine with them, and Karipap Pusing is thought to be a fusion of Indian and Malay cooking.


For the pastry dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water

For the filling:

  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

For frying:

  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying


To make the pastry dough, combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces. Roll out each piece into a 6-inch circle. To make the filling, combine the potatoes, beef, onion, garlic, turmeric powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well. Place a heaping tablespoon of the filling in the center of each circle of dough. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges to seal. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry the karipap Pusing in batches for 3-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.


Karipap Pusing is a delicious and easy-to-make snack that is perfect for any occasion. It is sure to please everyone who tries it. So next time you are looking for a new snack to try, give Karipap Pusing a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Article curated by Naw Eh Wai Htoo