A traditional Chinese food, dumplings are very popular in the rest of the world as well. These simple yet yummy balls of pastry dough can be eaten with soups, stews and as part of various dishes. Whether you steam dumplings in water or deep fry them or stuff them with cheeses, meats or vegetables – these delicious fluffy balls are always a delectable treat. Here’s a simple, easy-to-make dumplings recipe that you can sure add to your repertoire of dishes.
Dumplings may be both sweet and savoury, and are usually dough based. This homemade dumplings recipe uses flour dough. You can make this dish with any kind of flour – wheat, corn, rye, potato, rice, semolina or even chick peas. Follow these simple steps and make a soft and moist dumpling, wrapped around a savory filling of your choice.
The ingredients that you’ll need to make dumplings include 2 cups of flour, a flour sifter, 2 tablespoons of butter, 4 teaspoons of baking powder, 3/4 cup of milk, pinch of salt and your choice of stuffing.
Step 1: Sift all dry ingredients in a flour sifter and transfer to a mixing bowl.
Step 2: Soften the butter at room temperature or heat it for a few seconds in a microwave. However, take care only to soften the butter and not to let it melt into liquid. Mix the softened butter with the dry ingredients.
Step 3: Bring the milk to room temperature, and then slowly pour it onto dumpling ingredients, while kneading the mixture continuously. Keep kneading till the mixture gains a stiff dough consistency.
Step 4: Before beginning to shape the dumplings, smear your hands lightly with flour so that the dough does not stick to them. Make 3 -inch balls from the dough and then stuff the dumplings with your desired filling.
Step 5: Fill in the stuffing by poking your finger into the center of each dumpling, and putting about 1 tablespoon of meat, cheese or vegetables within. Pinch the open ends of the dough to close the hole, and then carefully shape dumpling into a ball.
Step 6: Add the dumplings to a boiling pot of soup or stew. Simmer for about 30 minutes. You can also deep fry the dumplings in boiling oil to savor them crispy and flavorful.