Dim Sums / Chinese Dumplings with Sauce

‘Mainland China’ is my husband’s favourite restaurant.After tasting the dim sums there I wanted to give this recipe a try. Dim sums/chinese dumplings are our equivalent of ‘kozhukattai’.They are made from refined flour with vegetable filling inside and steamed.I like the fact that they are steamed, which makes them a healthy food.Though I donot prefer using maida much, I used it here to try the original recipe.Would like to try the same recipe with wheat flour also. The dim sums came out perfectly.I served them with dim sum dipping sauce, the recipe of which I found here.

I am reposting this recipe forDish name starts with:D hosted by Akila of Akila’s kitchen.

I am reposting this recipe for Cooking Concepts#2 Appetizers hosted by Sravani of Srav’s culinary concepts.

Dim Sums / Chinese Dumplings With Sauce

Ingredients:

For outer covering:

2 cups maida/refined flour

water as required

salt as required

1 tsp oil(optional)

For filling:

2 small carrots grated

1 capsicum chopped finely

1 cup finely shredded cabbage

1 green chilli slit into two

2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped

1 tsp light soya sauce

2 tsp oil

1/4 tsp pepper powder

salt as required

Method:

Knead the refined flour with salt and water to a soft and pliable dough.Keep aside for atleast an hour.Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan.Add garlic, green chilly and all the vegetables and saute for 3-4 minutes.Add salt, soya sauce and pepper powder and saute for a minute or two. Now our filling is ready. Divide the dough into small lemon sized balls.(I got 10-12 nos.)Divide the filling into same no. Roll the dough into thin rotis.Place a spoon of filling inside and collect the edges of the roti together as you will do for pleats of a sari and seal it.This gives a beautiful shape.Alternatively you can make them into semicircular shape.Prepare all the dim sums in this way. Now lets go to the steaming part. The chinese do their steaming in bamboo basket which gives a distinct flavour.I did the steaming in my idli steamer for 5-7 minutes.Serve dim sums hot with chinese dipping sauce.

Dim Sum Sauce

Ingredients:

1 tsp light soya sauce

2 tsp tomato chilli sauce

2 tsp chilli oil ( how to make chilli oil )

1 clove of garlic minced

1 tsp sugar

Method:

Mix in all the ingredients together an hour before serving and keep in refrigerator.Preparing the sauce early gives time for the flavours to blend.Serve with dim sums or any other chinese delicacies like wantons or spring rolls.

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October 9, 2010. Tags: , . Chinese, Starter.

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