Friday, May 23, 2008

Steamed Wontons

I tried hard and couldn't find wonton wrappers in Chennai - I even called a woman who gives Asian Cooking Classes! - but it was nowhere to be found. And then, I found these Thai rice paper rolls, which worked very well.

I made them very basic and healthy and it was delicious. You could dress it up by adding some authentic Asian ingredients like bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, vermicelli noodles, tofu, eggs...

Steamed Wontons

1 Carrot, grated
1 cup cooked Corn
1 Onion, chopped
2 tsp Soy Sauce
1 Spring Onion, chopped (green and white portions)
A few sprigs of Cilantro

Heat a tbsp of oil in a saucepan, add the onions and saute for a minute or two, until soft. Next, add the corn and stir for another minute, while adding the soy sauce. Toss to combine. Remove from heat.

Dip each rice paper roll in some water - swirl it around for a minute or so until the roll begins to soften.

Take the roll out of the water bath and lay it on a flat surface. Lay a cilantro leaf first on the roll (it'll look pretty when you turn it over), then a tbsp of the corn onion mix. Now add the grated carrot, and then sprinkle some chopped spring onion on top.

Fold the roll to make neat squares.

Place the wontons in a bamboo steamer.

I put the bamboo steamer in the microwave in a shallow bowl filled with an 1" or so of water.

Microwave for about 2-3 minutes (depending on the microwave). Remove and transfer to a plate and serve immediately (it doesn't lend itself to reheating - though you could steam it again). Its perfect with these dipping sauces (especially the 2nd one)!

This is my contribution to Valli's MEC: Steamed Dishes. Never used my bamboo steamer in the microwave, though the directions for the Microwave come with the steamer. I'm so glad I did - now I don't think I'll go back to using it on the stove top!

In the Recipe Marathon, one week down, and here's what everyone's been up to today: Siri recreates her mother's yummy Egg puffs. Lakshmi has Pudina Sadam (Mint Rice). Dhivya gave the plain old Hummus a new twist of color. Srivalli made an all-time favourite, Puliyodarai (tamarind rice). Ranji made Papdi Pizza, and Swati made some homemade Dimsum! For dessert, we have Divya's Reva Kesari. And let's see how Bhags' got hooked!


srivalli said...

anu, those look so awesome!..thanks for the lovely entry!..

btw girl your cooking style is way beyond madrasi istyle!...:)..oh good, whatever happened to dear sambar and rasam...heheheh

Swati Raman Garg said...

these look fabulous... i want those bamboo steamers.. its rainnig here else i would have gone n fetched one :) tell me which cutlery u using tomorrrow:D

jayasree said...

Wontons looks delicious... Loved ur bamboo steamer. Have added it to my shopping list.

Jamie said...

Those look great! Arundathi, your blog is full of so many different kinds of food. I get so many ideas from looking at all your recipes!

nandita said...

I love Vietnamese rice paper rolls with peanut sauce, and haven't found these in one bloody shop in Bombay....please tell me where in Madras you bought them, and I'll ask my inlaws to do the needful as they are coming here in a week....please email me :)

ranji said...

wontons look superrrrrb!!!love it..good presentation too.

Siri said...

LOL! the wontons looks yummy Arundathi.. U are whipping up some really cool stuff these days..:D


Sangeeth said...

very creative and a diff looks so yummy..gotto try but i dont have bamboo steamer :( do u get them in the US?

bee said...

i love these. now i gotta get a bamboo steamer.

vegeyum said...

These look so delicious. I love the way you can see the filling through the wrappers. I must be the only one that has bamboo steamers - I have about 6. They are great for steaming, but also look good on the kitchen bench holding fruit, or chillies or lemons.

Ranjani said...

That looks so pretty! Love how you can see the cilantro leaf:)
I HEART your blog.

Cham said...

I just wrap the stuffing and eat has summer roll, i got to steam it like wonton... Gorgeous Arundati!

Anonymous said...

Arundathi, your blog has inspired me to start cooking ..yes 'start' cooking after my 32 yrs of existence !!!
In the last month or so I’ve tried my hand in making a dish from your blog in addition to my cook’s lunch / dinner menu, but, last night I actually made dinner itself .. as in an entire dinner menu!
It was not only your easy instructions and appetizing photos that made me want to start but your attitude in the blog, an attitude that said cooking is easy and interesting .. which surprisingly it is !

Thank you so much dear friend.

Gromit said...

Hi Arundathi! I have passed on the yummy blog award to you. Congrats! Check out my blog for more info.

Divya Vikram said...

I have had wontons during my trip to Shillong..loved them..nice idea to use rice wrappers.

Aparna said...

It would be nice to find those here. Can you tell me where you bought that steamer? In Chennai? Then maybe I could get one next time I'm in Chennai.

Devi Priya said...

Nice bamboo streamer. I have added it to my shopping list. Will try this once I have it.

Roma said...

Your wontons look delicious!

I will also need to try hard to find rice paper. If I do, I'll try out this one.

notyet100 said...

looks delicious...hvent tried before...thnks for sharing

Indranee Batabyal said...

Fabulous recipe! I have always loved Thai cuisines. Thanks for sharing this recipe:)

priyaskitchen said...

simple beautiful....

bhags said...

wontons looks simply awesome.....and that bamboo steamer is cool

Home said...

Wow...the parcels look so dainty and delicious!

Homecooked said...

Wow...these look so yummy!

Arundathi said...

@ Valli - thanks! Yeah, I must say I reserve the rasam for those days when I need comfort home food.

@ Swati - LOL!! Shhh its a secret!

@ Jayasree - Yup, its a great kitchen add-on

@ Jamie - Thank you so much Jamie - I love your blog, you are so adventurous too

@ Nandita - Have emailed you

@ Ranji - thanks!

@ Siri - all thanks to your wonderful recipe marathon, Siri!

@ Sangeeth - You most definitely can get them in the US. They are available at most specialty kitchen stores like Sur La Table. Also Asian grocery/kitchen stores. And sometimes can even be found in stores like Target.

@ Bee - definitely worth acquiring one of those!

@ Vegeyum - Yes, I store fruit in them when i'm not using them. They look lovely on the table.

@ Ranjani - Thanks dear! Yes the cilantro is put there for a purpose :) haha!

@ Cham - Yes it tastes great just wrapped up too. I guess that was the purpose of the rice paper roll, but by steaming it, it became a wonton, i guess! In lieu of actual wonton wrappers.

@ Anon - I know who you are! :) So glad that your family finally got to enjoy your food! Cooking is meant to be a stress reliever and a relaxing task - hope to be over there for dinner soon with your cooking (hint hint!).

@ Gromit - thanks! thanks!

@ Divya - thank you!

@ Aparna - I bought them in Currimbhoys - they have branches in Adyar and Anna Nagar.

@ Devi Priya - Let me know how it turns out.

@ Roma - Thanks. Good Luck.

@ Notyet - thank you!

@ Indranee - Though the rice paper brand is Thai-something, the wonton itself is more Chinese in origin. But yes, I love Thai food too!

@ Priya - Thank you!

@ Bhags - Thank you - see you tomorrow! :)

@ Home - thank you

@ homecooked - thank you!

Sunshinemom said...

Hey I meant to say this in your blog...Now you send me shopping for bamboo steamers..yummy wantons know mistake I posted that comment in Valli's blog..ha ha

Arundathi said...

lol @ sunshine - glad you made it here! :) Get the bamboo steamers - they are so worth it!

luvstonz said...

I'm planning to spend the summer in Chennai...can you tell me wher you got the rice wrappers, I think my FIL would love to eat this healty dish!

Arundathi said...

Hi Luvstonz - Glad you stopped by. You get the wrappers at any Food World (now Spencer's supermarkets). I hope you enjoy them!

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