Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Potstickers / Vegetable Dumplings

I love potstickers and find these just as satisfying (sometimes even more so) than the deep fried spring rolls. These have a crunchy coating from the pan frying and the steaming method makes them a bit chewy as well. I usually use wonton wrappers that one can find in the freezers at the supermarket and they really make life easy because one just makes the filling and encloses them in the wrappers. These can then be frozen for later or pan-fried immediately or even steamed.

The wonton wrappers that I had on hand weren't wrapped properly after the first time I took them out so turned rather brittle. I then resorted to making the outer covering myself similar to what is used for momos, just a dough of all purpose flour, salt and some water. These were time consuming but they still tasted good and were a lot chewier than the wonton wrappers. One could also just steam these and they are just as tasty.

POTSTICKERS / VEGETABLE DUMPLINGS


Ingredients:
For the dough: (or use store-bought wonton wrappers)
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Salt - to taste
Water - as required to make a stiff dough
Oil - 2 to 3 tsp to cook the dumplings

For the Filling:
Carrots - 2, cut into thin slivers
Cabbage - 1 cup, sliced thinly or chopped
Ginger - 1/2 inch, grated
Garlic - 1 to 2 cloves, chopped
Spring Onions - 3 to 4, chopped (I didn't have any this time)
Soy Sauce - 1 to 2 tsp
Sriracha chilli sauce - to taste
Salt & Pepper to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
(You could add other veggies as per your preference like mushrooms, beans etc.)

Method:

1) For homemade dough, mix the flour, salt and water to make a stiff dough.

2) For the filling, heat the 2 tsp of oil and add the whites of spring onions, ginger and garlic, after abt 20-30 seconds, add in the veggies and a pinch of salt and stir-fry till crisp-tender. Stir in the soy & chilli sauces with pepper to taste & spring onion tops (greens) and when done. Keep aside and allow to cool a bit.

3) Pinch small portions of the dough and roll out into circles of 3 to 4 inch diameters. Place the filling in the middle and close over to make a semi-circle. Pinch the edges together. If using the wonton wrappers, follow a similar procedure and fold over to form triangles, a bit of water along the edges will help seal the wrappers. Repeat with the rest of the dough and filling.


4) Heat a wide, shallow pan and spread a layer of oil... Place the potstickers/dumplings flat in a single layer (possibly in batches). Allow to cook for a few minutes until the bottoms of the pot stickers brown a bit and get crispy. Add about 1/4 cup of water to the hot pan, cover and allow the dumplings to get steam cooked.


5) Serve with dipping sauce of choice or even plain.

23 comments:

  1. wow, they look so yummy .. I have never made this .. Iam sure this tastes wonderful

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  2. Hey laav, i've never heard of these semi steamed treats. Why don't you send it to the Steam Treats event?

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  3. Never made this at home..Yummy potstickers..

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  4. wow i love potstickers..pls send me ..yummy yummy snack

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  5. They look delicious...I have never tried making this at home...I must get wanton wrappers soon and try out ur dish :)

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  6. This will make an awesome snack with tea..love the crispy outer..:)

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  7. yum..yum! that is vegan and perfect for me to try!

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  8. sounds delicious,i wud lov eto have it deep fried:)

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  9. I'm really impressed you made your own wonton skins! I take the lazy route and buy mine from the store...I especially like spinach falvored wonton skins. You think adding spinach puree to your home made dough will work?

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  10. They look wonderful..would love to grab that plate now..

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  11. They look very nice. Never made them at home. Sometimes bought them from the stores. Children like it a lot. Forgot them for a while now. Will try to make it sometime now.

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  12. though time consuming,worth trying this.nice snack.

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  13. Thats a yummy snack..i always make sweet version of this,with coconut filling..will try ur version...

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  14. These look super! More delicious than the ones I get from my Chinese takeout here, and those are pretty good. Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. WOW this dumpling is mouth-drooling!!

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  16. i am sure would have tasted excellent. its such an easy recipe that v can prepare it any time...thanks for sharing dear..

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  17. Looks delicious and tempting !

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  18. Hey looks very gud and like your stuffing...

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  19. I am a big fan of potstickers but haven't tried to make them at home... Nice recipe :)

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  20. wonton wrappers.. hmm should look around for those :)

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  21. I have heard about these a lot but never made them at home, kudos to you for making these at home and they have come out perfect!

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  22. wow potstickers look good,must have been a hit with u guys.

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