Isha Curry Puff – Experienced Cook of 20 Years Sells Crispy Handmade Karipaps With Puff Pastry at Circuit Road!

Ashley Wong
Ashley Wong
December 29, 2021

Striking orange curry puffs. That vibrant treat was what enticed me to approach this nondescript curry puff stall in a hawker centre on Circuit Road.

Known as Karipap, this Indian Muslim curry puff stands out among the usual brown ones with its bright orange hue. There are only a handful of stalls making them, one of which is Isha Curry Puff!



I got a chance to chat with the jovial Encik Ismail Salim and his wife Cik Hamidah Ahmad, before the influx of crowd in the late afternoon. The couple started making curry puffs back in 2001 for other stalls before setting up a shop of their own. After several relocations, Isha Curry Puff finally settled here in Circuit Road in 2017.


I was surprised to find out that Encik Ismail uses a small rolling pin instead of the industrial dough sheeter to make his Karipap skin! He rolls each pastry sheet corner by hand to ensure it’s crispy after baking. The Karipap skin is made of puff pastry built with pastry margarine, orange colouring, and other secret ingredients. All the fillings and ingredients are made in-house by Encik Ismail and Cik Hamidah every morning to ensure their freshness.




I tried the popular Chicken Large Curry Puff ($2), which was well-stuffed with tender chicken bits and starchy potatoes. As this was my first time trying a Karipap, I was impressed with the crispy layers of pastry that weren’t as oily as they looked. The overall crunch and flakiness went superbly with the soft pillowy potatoes and chicken, which had a kick of spice to it. Encik Ismail shared that they have a special chilli sauce, which was on the more watery and sweeter side, to go with the curry puff.




Ever seen an adorably small curry puff? Me neither, until now. I had the Sardine Mini Curry Puff ($0.80), which was less than half the size of the large one. Encik Ismail explained that he found the mini curry puffs cute and added them to his menu. I loved how the sardine filling was adequately moist.IshaCurryPuff-11


For those looking for a meatless option, the Potato Large Curry Puff ($1.50), which still packed a good punch of flavours, might be just what you’re looking for.



Lastly, I tried the unique Satay Large Curry Puff ($2.50). While the filling was flavourful, I felt that the satay sauce lacked that distinctive nuttiness.

So, if you’re looking for a delicious Indian Muslim Karipap with both classic and unique flavours, head down to Isha Curry Puff. A tip would be to call to reserve some in advance as the curry puffs sell out fast.

Isha Curry Puff

Address: 79 Circuit Rd, Singapore 370079

Phone: 9131 6717

Area: Central

Opening Hours: 11am to 5pm from Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Facebook: made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

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