Monday, February 27, 2012

Vegetarian pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)



Last Saturday, my sister brought me to a vegetarian food party which organized by Tzu Chi Malaysia 慈濟 (Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in the impoverished east coast of Taiwan. The Foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan for nearly forty years). My sister is now one of the volunteer in this center. I was truly enjoyed all the yummy vegetarian foods prepared by their members. Also I learnt this vegetarian dumplings from them..



Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)



All yummy vegetarian foods served in this party...素食也可以很好吃!

Tzu Chi vegetarian foods


Tzu Chi vegetarian foods



They also talk about the benefit of eating vegetarian foods and encourage us to eat less meat and oily foods (cheese, butter and etc) to have a better and healthy life..I was inspired by this talk and I will start to cook at least one vegetarian meal once in a week..

Tzu Chi


They also do recycle activities in this center..

Tzu Chi


Tzu Chi


This Taiwan lady taught us how to make dumplings from the scratch..(taken by phone, sorry for the poor quality)

Tzu Chi


Tzu Chi


One tip from her, make this flour water to get a cripsy bottom of dumplings..

Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)


Adding the flour water, you can see a thin layer of cripsy cooked flour at the bottom..

Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)


This is the filling, they suggested to use the mushroom stem (not to waste by throwing away and the stem actually has nice texture)..

Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)

Nice dipping sauce-light soy sauce, water, sesame oil and Basil

Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)


To make round dumpling wrapper, use the end of the rolling pin and roll by turning the dough in circle..Since this is homemade, do not force yourself to get a perfect round wrapper..Even is uneven, after wrapped, you will still see nice dumpling shape..

Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)


Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)


Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)


Too bad, I'm not able to take the video to show you how i wrap the dumplings. Let me show you the pictures as per below, the steps actually start from pull, fold, press and seal the wrapper..

Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)


Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)

Pan fry the dumplings...

dumplings




Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)





Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)
(recipe source: by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)
*makes around 80 mini dumplings

Vegetarian Pumpkin dumplings (素煎餃/ 鍋貼)Dumpling wrapper
300g plain flour
150g pumpkin puree with water, mix 100g pumpkin puree (after steamed) and water

Filling
250g cabbage, chopped finely
50g carrot, chopped finely
20g Chinese chives, chopped finely
100g cooked Chinese Shiitake mushroom stems, chopped finely (you may replace with just mushroom but not the mushroom stem)
Seasonings
1tbsp light soy sauce
1/2tsp salt
1tsp sesame oil
A dash of pepper

Cooking dumplings
Flour water – add 1 cup water with 1tbsp plain flour

Method
1. Soak dried Shiitake mushroom stems for overnight. Braise with water (season with light soy sauce and vegetarian oyster sauce) for 1-2 hours (I use pressure cook to cook for 20mins).
2. To prepare dumpling wrapper, mix flour with pumpkin water, knead till smooth dough, set aside to rest for 1hour.
3. To prepare the filling, squeeze as much of water from cabbage, mix with carrot, chives and mushroom. Add in seasonings, mix till combine well.
4. Dust worktop with flour, divide dough into small pieces, use rolling pin to roll dough into round and thin. Place a small spoonful of filing on the dumpling skin, fold it accordingly.
5. Add little cooking oil in a non-stick frying pan, fry dumplings over medium heat.
6. Once dumplings bottom turned golden brown, add some flour water and cover with lid immediately, cook over high heat.
7. Cook for about 2-3 minutes till water has evaporated.
8. Dish out and serve with dipping sauce (Light soy sauce, sesame oil, water and basil).

52 comments:

noobcook said...

the dumplings look great and the flour trick is neat.

ping said...

These sound and look really delicious! I love how the skin is made with pumpkin. I might just try this out soon.

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

太棒了,其实素食也可以很多元化:)
我喜欢这个饺子:)

Three-Cookies said...

Looks great. I tried pumpkin dumplings in Central Asia. Its strange, they eat lot of meat and it was unusual to find pumpkin dumplings (but its made with pieces of animal fat in it)!

My Little Space said...

Whoa, truly mouthwatering! "zhen hao liao"~O! I wish someday some one will invite me to this kind of places. haha....
Have a great week ahead, Sonia.
Kristy

爱丝特 said...

Very beautiful golden dumplings, drooling now, but I think I will eat with chilli padi ^_^

有碗話碗 Rice Bowl Tales said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, love them so much! Will definitely going to try it!!

Simple Person said...

D dumpling looks nice..
Good skill.. I m very bad on these hand craft skill food....

Li Shuan said...

Sonia, thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I have learned how to make this dumpling wrapper with pumpkin puree from you today. I am sure it taste very good... I want to have a few since you have 80 mini dumplings hehe

Kit said...

Sonia, thanks for sharing. You provide very clear step for us to follow and easy to cook.

Jo said...

Never had a pumpkin dumpling before but I am sure they are delicious.

Min said...

The dumplings look great and most important is, they are really healthy dish to try out :)

Tina said...

Delicious...

lena said...

i hope i can make dumplings from scratch one day :)

Jane Chew said...

Pandai sangat lo. I am Zhu chi member also lei. In Malaysia n in Perth. I am a volunteer worker in malacca branch last time. I learnt many veg food there too. I miss 师姑,师伯,师兄,师姐very much. Especially those time we work together. Happy memories.

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

Very neatly wrapped, in fact perfect!
I also learned this flour water method from my Taiwan friend and used to fry the guo tie too.

Vivian Pang said...

Learn something new from you. Thanks for this great recipe. Very healthy to serve. Your dumplings are very neat.

daphne said...

The first thing that I noticed was the pleats! How gorgeous these dumplings look..Then I notice the filling. Oh, give me more!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Great post and I just love the sound of those dumplings. Diane

Sherleen.T said...

i just cannot resist dumplings, vegetarian one for me is just perfect...how good if i can a few pieces of yours...drooling...

Cass @ 揾到食 said...

I love dumplings, yet to try the vegetarian type :)

ICook4Fun said...

I love dumplings and will always made a huge batch and freezed them. I like the idea of adding pumpkin to the wrapping dough but hardly make it from scratch. Usually get them from the Asian store. Maybe I should do it.

travellingfoodies said...

the flour-water method is very good for getting what the Taiwanese calls 冰花 effect! I love eating vegetarian food too! And yes, 圣严法师 is highly revered in Taiwan. Love to listen to her 开释

yummylittlecooks said...

Golden dumplings, looks so beautiful :)

tigerfish said...

I really love these vegetarian dumplings and thanks for the flour water trick/secret :P

Julie said...

Looks very delicious yummy !!
Erivum Puliyum

Lyndsey said...

Wow, these look great, so tempting. I have made many dumplings before but have not tried making the skins yet. I love the pumpkin wonto wrappers.

Shu Han said...

ohh this sounds just delicious!!!! I want some! this proves thatvegetarian food can be just as yummy, and not boring at all! thanks for the flour water tip!

anne said...

These looks really delicious ! I love the homemade wrapper and of course all that yummy and healthy filling ;) I've been meaning to try that flour water trick for quiet sometime as I've seen that from one of the dimsum book that I borrowed but keep forgetting to do it when I cook my dumplings tsk ! Lovely post , Sonia !

ogyep yummy mellow said...

My dear, really loves dumpling.. Nowadays, easily can get the Halal one.. My eldest girl is a great fan of any type of dumpling. She always asks me to DIY d dumplings.. Tried few times, but always frustrated with d looks.. Tastes OK I guess.. Will study your available recipes later..

Pete said...

Wooo, healthy veg dumplings......taruh lots of chilli sauce...nice!

Hody Loh said...

i want to try this dumpling cos my mother is a vegetarian.

divya said...

Just looks awesome......very nice pics..... yum n delicious!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I noticed that there are a lot of vegetarian places in Taiwan. My mom use the cornstarch + water method too, and it gets nice and crispy bottom. I'm too lazy so I usually skip that. I love the color on the wrappers. It's much cuter than regular one!

Zoe said...

Vegetarian dumplings are always my fav and you made so well. I'm drooling reading your post now.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

I never throw my mushroom stems, they have loads of flavour.
Recycling is very important.. for the benefit of the future generation, but sometimes the stupid garbage man just throws my whole bag of glass bottles that I cleaned for them direct into the garbage cavity instead of into the recycling baskets they have hanging by the side. So geram!

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

They look AMAZING yum, would love to get lessons as all looks a bit scary.

Jeannie said...

I would love to try this dumplings, the color is so bright, great idea to use the flour water for a crispy bottom:)

Kirby @ Maids said...

interesting dumplings haha. if i have given a chance to taste it. it will be a dream cometrue promise :)

Sem said...

Thanks for sharing, such a good recipe intead using the store bought dumpling wrapper, would love to try it.

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

Yes, I always enjoy eating the crispy crust of these dumplings/gyoza. So tempting to make these myself now after studying your recipe!

Little Corner of Mine said...

I totally agreed! Vegetarian food can be delicious as well. Would love to sample the food. ;P

Rachana said...

These dumplings look so good. Yum!

Eileen@Hundred Eighty Degrees said...

The dumplings were beautifully wrapped, they liik delicious too. Thanks for sharing.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Love dumpling. Look very delicious and healthy.

choi yen said...

There will be a new Tzu Chi Centre at my area at Kepong, now still under construction :)

Jake said...

Oh wow, a Veggie Dumplings looks so nice that tempting me to bite one of them.

Small Kucing said...

looks so delicious...can tumpang makan?

Rebecca Subbiah said...

these look amazing and what a fun class to take

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

Your dumplings look beautiful! Nice color too. I do miss the great variety of vegetarian food you can find over there. Everything looks delicious!

Loveforfood said...

I love dumplings, thanks for sharing

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