Sunday, June 14, 2009

Chinese Dumplings/ Potstickers

For the June challenge for the Daring Cooks, Jen of use real butter chose to challenge us to make chinese dumplings or potstickers. I absolutely loved the challenge. I've been on holiday for a month and got back today, the day we were supposed to post the challenge!

I read through the instructions with complete apprehension, thinking I would have to bow out of this month's recipe. But it sounded simple and dumplings are a big favorite at home. So I simply had to try it. And simple it was! Thanks Jen for teaching us this wonderful technique.

I'm simplifying it here, but do check out the other Daring Cooks' for the complete recipe.


Dough


2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Water

Mix the ingredients together to form a soft, silky dough. Cover it with a damp cloth and let rest for 15 minutes. Uncover and cut into small portions. Roll each into a small circle. Keep the others covered with the damp cloth.

Fill each circle with about a tablespoon of chosen filling. Close the ends and pleat the edges (as neatly as possible - mine were a little amateur, but I'm sure it'll improve with practice).


Fillings

Jen gave us several options, but I chose a simple vegetarian version with mushrooms, carrots, spring onions and potatoes (yes, potatoes - I chose potatoes to act as a binder, plus I didn't want to go shopping for groceries just then!).

I sauteed the vegetables together and mashed the potatoes with some salt, sesame oil and a little black pepper for some heat.


Now you can either steam, boil or pan fry the dumplings. I steamed the dumplings for 2 minutes and then pan fried them in a little bit of sesame oil.


They were absolutely delicious and I'm having them for dinner right now as a I type. Thanks for a wonderful challenge, and I'm definitely going to be trying this often.

40 comments:

Anula said...

Hmmm, deliciously looking dumplings :) I also enjoyed this challenge a lot!

Lisa Michelle said...

I love your vegetarian filling with the potatoes added for a nice starchy contrast and binder! They look beautiful and delicious! Well done!

Audax said...

I just loved this challenge and I think potatoes is an inspired choice it would go so nice> Wonderful looking photos also. Cheers from Audax in Australia

singinghorse said...

Potato veggie filling is a great choice. I love your potstickers. Congratulations!

natalia said...

Ciao ! I had them yesterday but seeing yours I'd like to try them now !! Great !

isa said...

Your vegetarian dumplings look just perfect! And your potstickers are so beautiful.
Wonderful job!

Mary said...

You've done such a nice job. Your dumplings and your photos are both beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful day.i

DK said...

When I saw the title, i couldnt help but gape - We had these just yday night. This was the first time I ever had it and loved them! Yours look almost exact of what I had - Was thinking of making them at home and viola - you are here with the recipe. Perfect!

Happy cook said...

They look so so beautiful and delicous.

Heather B said...

Great job! Your dumplings look delicious!

Jen Yu said...

Awesome. Those little dumplings of yours look like restaurant quality fare :) So glad you enjoyed them and welcome back from holiday.

dandelion said...

You are the master pleater! Nice and tight. They look delicious. Nice job.

Isolated Foodie said...

A lovely last-minute potsticker! I love the sound of your filling.

DEESHA said...

the filling sounds yummy .. good job

Prathibha said...

Those pot stickers look delicious..Nice snack..

Parita said...

Wow these look perfect!!

Curry Leaf said...

Perfect :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely recipe...perfect

Priya said...

Prefect dumplings, feel like picking few from the click..lovely!

Margie said...

Your dumplings look fabulous and I'd love to try that filling!

Cilantro said...

Simply great....
BTW: I miss reading @ rediscovering chennai, I do`nt see much there.

churningthewordmill said...

i love dumplings!!! these look so good!!
how come ur pics always turn out so nice !? mine dont!:(

Shaune said...

Wow,

These babies look fantastic. I Love that they have a bit of a crisp on them but also look very soft. Bravo !

Shaune

Sunshinemom said...

These reminded me of your bamboo steamer you had shown quite some time back. I saw them in Bangalore but the price was 300. I wasn't sure whether it was right for it so did not purchase. How much was yours?

BTW they look fantastic!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Oh lovely color and they are so tempting!!!

Dragon said...

These look fantastic! Great job on this challenge.

Bharti said...

I made these once and they were a big flop. Maybe I'll try this recipe..they look superb.

magicalsummer said...

welcome back, missed your diet busting posts! have you tried making the sweet dumplings? the ones made with rice flour, coconut, jaggery, and a bit of cardamom; theyre an old south indian favourite

♥Rosie♥ said...

Those dumplings look so delicious! You've done a great job on this challenge.

John said...

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http://alphabetcook.blogspot.com/

Stop on by!

Arundathi said...


Thanks everyone!! You are really wonderful with your kind words.

Jen - Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

Cilantro - thanks - I have to work on Rediscovery a bit! We'll be right back!

Churning the word mill - aw - thanks!

Sunshinemom - actually I got mine in the US, I think. But I'm sure they're available at reasonable prices. Maybe this one was imported?

Magical Summer - I've only eaten the sweet dumplings, but haven't tried making them. I love them though!

John - That's wonderful. I will check it out. Happy Blogging.

Cheri said...

Wow! You make it sounds so simple! :) Your vegetarian version sounds delish. It would be perfect for appetizers! Yum!

ice tea: sugar high said...

Love that crispy bottom. Great job on the challenge =)

DK said...

aaha! U r back! Finally - so shall I make the announcement? ;)

DK said...

and was it bhavani - snap eat burp- the blog you mentioned?

Arundathi said...


Cheri - Yes perfect for apps but I had it for dinner and it was quite a bit too.

ice tea: sugar high - Crispy bottoms! lol! yup, love those on potstickers!

DK - Nope, no announcement please. And yes to the Snap Eat Burp.

Aaarti said...

are these the same as momos??? i love em! gonna try this out this weekend :)

Arundathi said...


Aaarti - Well, they're kinda like momos - chinese version. Good luck - hope you like them.

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