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Vegan Dumplings Comfort Food (Recipe)

by | April 10, 2019

Who doesn’t like a steaming plate of vegan dumplings? They make me drool and I can never grow tired of it. Chinese dumplings have close proximity to the Nepalese Momo. The basic dumpling is a simple steamed dish that tastes effortlessly brilliant, and once you know to make it, Momo will become your comfort food.

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The only intimidating part is perhaps folding the dumpling. The right folds come with a lot of practice but hey, who wants a perfect fold? If you want to try out this dish, simply fold it so it sticks together with the filling intact inside. You can watch multiple YouTube videos regarding the various dumpling fold techniques.

Before you start making:

The filling of the dumpling is the most important part of this dish. If the filing is tasty, you can get away with an imperfect skin.

What you will need for vegan dumplings

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A dumpling steamer, made of steel or bamboo, either will do. Ideally, a multilayered utensil that has a base for boiling water and other stackable layers with holes for steam. If you don’t find one such setup, use a large, deep pot to boil water with a holed plate or sieve on top with a cover. I have tried steaming with a rice cooker as well and it came out perfect with just little more moisture than usual.

For the wrapper:

Dumpling flour or all-purpose flour: 500gm

Water: as needed to knead the hard dough

Baking powder: 1 teaspoon

Salt: ¼ teaspoon

For the filling:

Vegan Chicken (or any plant meat you love): 300gm

Shiitake Mushrooms (Soaked): 100gm

Napa cabbage: 100gm

Parsley: 100gms

Grated ginger: 1 ½ tablespoon

Soy sauce: 2 tablespoon

Vegan chicken seasoning: 1 ½ teaspoon

Salt: to taste

Pepper: ¼ tablespoon

Sugar: 1 tablespoon

Sesame oil: 2 tablespoon

Vegetable fat: 20gms

How to make:

(The Wrapper):

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Knead the flour with salt and baking soda until a hard dough is formed. Do not add too much water at a time. After the flour is combined, allow it to rest for at least one hour to relax the gluten content. Then knead again until smooth.

(The Filling):

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  • Shred the shiitake mushroom and the chicken finely and place together in a large bowl.
  • Chop the parsley and cabbage and add to the bowl.
  • One by one, combine the grated ginger, salt, pepper, sugar, sesame oil, vegetable oil, soy sauce, vegan chicken seasoning and add to the main mixture.
  • Use your hand or a large spatula to combine all the ingredients together.
  • Check for salt and let all the flavors combine well by keeping it at rest for fifteen minutes.

The final step

After an hour of resting the dough, begin by rolling out the wrappers. You can always buy readymade Wonton wrappers easily available in the market, but this recipe is from scratch for those who want to try out the entire recipe.

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  • Start by dividing the dough into small balls about 5gms each, yielding a 3 cm small disk after rolling. The wrappers should be on the thinner side.
  • After your disks are ready, fill in a large spoon of the filling and start shaping your dumplings or momos.
  • You can use the pinch-fold method or simply pull together the sides of the wrapper to make round dumplings. If you’d like, brush a tad bit oil on the dumplings.
  • After that, you just have to steam it in a steamer for fifteen minutes and enjoy this lip-smacking snack with your favorite Schezwan sauce. 

A secret: if you’re up for a cheat, deep fry the dumplings, you’ll fall in love with it. Please try this recipe and let us know how it turned out for you. Don’t forget to share and drop a comment below.


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