Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Steamed dumplings

Who knew making dumplings was SO easy? I sure didn't.


Stop by any local Asian market and you'll find these inexpensive, round wrappers.

All I did was google "how to wrap a dumpling". I could make a video or take photos.. but why reinvent the wheel, I say? You'll find out just how easy this is.


You can use ANYthing you want for the filler. Make it sweet for a dessert. Make it savory. Flavor with masala (which is what I did). Use extra garlic. Really, the possibilities are endless.

To make them like this, simply chop into very small pieces 1 potato, 1 zucchini, 1 carrot and cook some brown rice. While still warm and after they've become slightly overcooked mash your potato. Then mix with the veggies, rice and a little masala and soy sauce. The mashed potato holds your dumpling contents together very well.


DO NOT OPEN WRAPPERS UNTIL YOU'RE READY TO WRAP. You don't want them to dry out at all.

Now, following the directions in any of the zillion youtube videos you just found, place the filling inside one wrapper and gently make your dumpling. Trust me, it's easier than you think.

Let your dumplings air dry for a few minutes so they stiffen up a little. Place in a large bamboo or metal steamer. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy immediately.

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