Recipe Type: Starter
Here is a version of dumplings that you can make without meat. Of course you can add whatever you like. Sometimes I have frozen spinach so do spinach and mushroom. Sometimes I do tofu and pumpkin. Use your imagination – this is just inspiration 🙂
- 1 large carrot, cut into chunks
- 8 oz. firm tofu
- 4 button mushrooms
- 200g spinach, rinsed and trimmed
- 1/4 cabbage chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ bunch coriander, rinsed and trimmed
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
- 2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
- 3 Tbs. cornflour
- 2 Tbs. hoisin sauce
- 1 Tbs. sesame oil
- 30 round dumpling skins
- grape seed oil
- boiling water
- Prepare all the filling ingredients and pop into a food processor. Process until very finely chopped.
- Mix the marinade ingredients together and add to the vegetarian filling.
- Use your hands to mix well together.
- Take a teaspoon full of the mixture and place in the centre of a wrapper. Wet your fingers and run around the outside rim of the circle. Fold into a half moon shape and pinch together – you can keep them simple or you can pleat one side against the other.
- Once you have all the dumpling mixture wrapped then you can freeze them or store them in the fridge or cook them straight away!
- To Cook:
- Heat some grapeseed oil in a frypan with a decent rim. Once the oil is hot, gently put rows of dumplings into the oil to caramelise their bases. This will take around 2 minutes. Once your dumplings are coloured underneath, carefully pour enough boiling water into the frypan to come up to about half way. The dumplings will ‘steam’ in this water. Cover the pan and allow to steam for around 3 minutes. You can check one dumpling to make sure that the filling is cooked through.
TIP: If you make loads of dumplings, then you need to work out what to do with them to store them. If they touch each other, they will stick. If you think you will cook them later in the day, then line a tray with non stick baking paper and a smattering of flour. Line the dumplings up in rows, not touching, and pop in the fridge until use.[br]TIP 2: To freeze your dumplings. Line the dumplings up on a tray – or onto a freezer shelf lined with baking paper. You need to freeze them in rows and not touching each other, so that they don’t stick to one another. Once frozen, you can tumble them into freezer/ziplock bags and throw them into the freezer for future use. You can cook straight from frozen