Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. They may have a filling, or there may be other ingredients mixed into the dough. Dumplings may be sweet or savoury.
A very common recipe among the Pennsylvania Dutch, it is often eaten as a breakfast item, but they are also a very common dessert item after meals. It’s also popular to eat them with ice cream or in milk.
Aushak is an Afghan dish made of pasta dumplings filled with spring onion, with a meaty tomato sauce, topped with yoghurt and dried mint. A time-consuming meal to prepare, it is usually served on holidays or at special gatherings.
Bergen fish soup is a velvety mix of cream, fish, and root vegetables that is lifted with sugar and vinegar. The trick with this soup is to taste as you go along to get the right balance of sweetness and sourness.
Crab Rangoon are deep-fried dumplings served in Chinese and Thai restaurants, stuffed with a combination of cream cheese, lightly flaked crab meat (more commonly, canned crab meat or imitation crab meat), with spring onions and/or garlic. These fillings are then wrapped in Chinese wonton wrappers in a triangular or flower shape, then deep fried in vegetable oil.
Dumplings may be sweet or savoury. They can be eaten by themselves, in soups or stews, with gravy, or in any other way. While some dumplings resemble solid water-boiled doughs, such as gnocchi, others such as wontons resemble meatballs with a thin dough covering.
Served either with melted butter or vanilla sauce and poppy seeds crushed with sugar, Germknödel are popular at Austrian ski resorts. Try these dumplings on a cold day, after a bowl of vegetable soup for a delightful meal.
Gulab jamun is a popular dessert in countries of the Indian Subcontinent such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. In Nepal it is widely known as Rasbari, served with or without curd, which is a popular dessert on all occasions. It is made of a dough consisting mainly of milk solids. Traditionally, khoya, an Indian milk product (buffalo milk) is rolled into a ball together with some flour and then deep fried, but at a low temperature.
This recipe for basic Polish pierogi dough is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt. You may need to add a little more water or a little more flour based on the humidity of the day, the weight of the flour, etc. The dough should not be crumbly, nor should it be sticky.
Nuomici (糯米糍 Nuo Mi Ci) is a type of Chinese pastry. It is one of the most standard pastries in Hong Kong. It can also be found in most Chinatown bakery shops overseas. It is also referred to as glutinous rice dumpling.
Measurements can differ from country to country, so below we have outlined the measurements that we use at Aussie Taste. There is a dropdown selector you can use to have the recipe converted between metric and imperial. Most recipes have temperatures converted also.
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20°C.
Australian spoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 dessertspoon equals 15 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml.
All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed.
All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified.