Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vegetable Dumplings

Vegetable dumpling is essentially a chinese dish according to Tarla Dalal's mini series cook book "7 dinner menus". It was a nice variation for us from the usual rotis that we have for dinner. The dumplings are as such easy to make, but rolling out the dough might be time consuming, especially if doing in large quantities..Thankfully, for me my MIL did that job and I stuffed the prepared vegetable in the rolled out dough and pressure cooked it..

The dumplings tasted very nice with the red sauce inspite of not adding asparagus and mushroom in the stuffing mixture which the original recipe called for. I also substitued half of maida with wheat flour. Next time I am planning to subtitute 3/4th of maida with wheat flour and instead of adding soya sauce to the vegetable mixture, I will add masala powder to give it a desi touch. I will completely omit making the black sauce(nobody bothered to have it) and will increase the quantity of red sauce.(It seemed more like chutney to me, it was too good)

Ingredients for the dough to make around 30 medium sized dumplings

All purpose flour/Maida: 1 1/2 cups Wheat Flour/Aata: 1 1/2 cups Water: to make the dough Salt to taste
Ingredients for the vegetable filling

cabbage: 2 cups(shredded according to the book. But I chopped to very small pieces) carrot: 1 cup(shredded according to the book. But I chopped to very small pieces) Onion: 1/2 cup(chooped. Optional, it was not used in the original recipe) Mushrooms: 1/4 cup(finely chopped, I did not use it) Asparagus: 1/4 cup(finely chopped, I did not use it) Ginger: 2 tsp(finely chopped) Pepper Powder: 3/4 tsp Soya sauce: 2 tbsp Salt to taste Refined Oil: 2 tbsp(I used olive oil)
Ingredients for the red sauce

Tomato: 1(medium sized) Garlic cloves: 3 Dry red chillies: 2(broken into pieces) Salt to taste
Ingredients for the black sauce

Soya Sauce: 1/8 cup(The original recipe called for 1/2 cup, but I reduced the quantity) Honey: 1 tsp Vinegar: 1/2 tsp Sesame seeds: 1/2 tsp(roasted) Salt to taste
Procedure to make the dough

Combine all the ingredients in for the dough and mix well. Consistency should be that of roti dough.
Procedure to make the filling

1. Heat oil in a kadai/pan and add ginger. Saute less than a minute. 2. Add all the vegetables and saute in medium-low flame so that it becomes soft.(around 5 minutes) 3. Add salt, soy sauce and pepper powder and mix well. 4. Put of the flame and keep aside.
Procedure to make the dumplings

1. Divide the dough into 30 equal portions or more depending upon the size of the dumplings. 2. Roll out each portion into a circle, the size of medium sized puri. 3. Place a tbsp of filling at the centre of the rolled dough. 4. Bring together the edges and pich them with fingertips so that it is sealed properly. 5. Repeat the same with the remaining dough and filling. 6. Steam in a greased steamer for about 10 minutes. I steamed the dumplings by placing them in the idli moulds and keeping the idli mould in the pressure cooker. (Cook in the pressure cooker till steam starts coming out, without putting the "weight" for the lid. It would take around 5 minutes) 7. Open the pressure cooker once the steam completely dies out. 8. Serve hot with red and black sauces.
Procedure to make the red sauce

1. Boil a vessel full of water and put the tomato in it for around 10 minutes. Remove, peel and keep aside. 2. Dry roast the red chillies till they are crisp. 3. Combine tomato, garlic, dry red chillies and salt and blend to a smooth sauce.
Procedure to make the black sauce

Combine all the ingredients in the black sauce and mix well.


  1. This is very new to me,sounds very Chinese style!

  2. wow lovely dish :) the sauces seem a good combination with those priya!

  3. interesting recipe..sounds good..

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  5. These are indeed very chinese.I have a recipe what the Chinese call Pav, similar to this.I ventured once and did not have the patience to do again.You have made it so well and made it sound simple.Great! Your new template is cool Priya.

  6. Black sauce is very new and looks yum...love that stuffing....quite indulging.....

  7. I love the dumplings, they are called momos here.Your twists have come really beautifully.

  8. Very interesting recipe for the dumplings. These look yummy!

  9. Thanks everybody. Thanks Latha for noticing the modified template. :-) I just made some changes here and there to the original template provided by blogger..Some more ideas are in the pipeline. :-)

  10. Something new and looks delicious!

  11. Dear Priya, these sound so delicious-- it's time for lunch right now and I'd die for one of these.
    Thanks for your message about dairy cows the other day-- it made me think I needed to discuss that aspect more on my blog, and I put up a post today on the treatment of dairy cows. I've also posted a video from the Humane Society of the United States-- please take a look. Although this video is from a U.S. factory farm, the situation in India is no different (and probably worse) because of the growing demands on the dairy industry there. It might help to know that Gandhi gave up drinking cow's milk in the early 20th century because he was appalled by how the tabelas abused dairy cows for their milk. In fact, you can relate everything I have written in this post about cows in the U.S. to the situation for cows in India today.
    Sorry about the long message, but thanks again for inspiring me to write this post-- I've wanted to for a long time:)

  12. Thanks Pri for this wonderful receipe.did a small experiment at my end.Tried the sauce with methi pakoda. Turned out to be a deadly combination.Great show Pri.


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