Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Mushroom Dumplings | Mushroom Potstickers

Mushroom Potstickers, a delicious dumplings with mushroom stuffing instead of the traditional meat stuffing. Dumplings can be boiled, pan fried, steamed or oil fried. Potstickers are actually "steam-fried" dumplings and it has the plus of both steamed and fried dumplings. In general, all potstickers are dumplings, but not all dumplings are potstickers, dumplings got various famous based on how it's being cooked. 

I have been making steamed dumplings for years now. In India and Nepal, the steamed dumplings are also know as momos, they are the most famous street food across the country. When we were in Bangalore, at least 4 to 5  momos shop in our area within half a kilometer distance. Eating piping hot momos standing at the side way of the road straight from the steamer on winter day evening is pure bliss. Instead of pan fry the dumpling in this recipe, you can steam it as regular momos and have it with some spicy sauce. 

Coming to potstickers, i got introduced to this when we were in Houston from BJ's restaurant. Kind of like it at once and it became our regular whenever we visited there and later even i had started to make them at home regularly. 

In general, Chinese cooking needs lot of prep work but cooking time is very minimal. Right from chopping the veggies thinly &  shaping the dumpling nicely all takes lot of time unless you have good vegetable chopper and expert in shaping dumplings.  For a while , every time when i make maida poori at home, reserve some dough to try various dumpling shapes and now i can confidently say that i make decent dumplings.

Almost a year ago , when we were new in Canada, we shared a house with a elderly chinese couple for a month before we got our own place. We both didn't know a common language to communicate with each other, still without any problem we communicate with sign language and make each another understand what we're saying. It's one of the most interesting experience in my life. Actually the house belongs to their daughter, through her only we booked the accommodation and we lived in one floor and her parents lived in another floor and we both shared the kitchen. Mostly the elderly man in the house do all the cooking, don't know whether the men cooking in chinese culture is common or not. Once in a week, lady of the house shape the wontons after dinner and freeze it. OMG, she was so fast and literally shaped 100 of wontons in mins.  And for the quick dinner and breakfast, the frozen wontons are boiled in some broth and served along with some boiled egg and stir fry veggies.

She is one of the kind soul and like to feed us whatever they cook as like any mother, even whenever their daughter visit the house, through her she got to know whether we eat pork, beef and all, so that later she can shared with us. One day she gave me a bowl of chicken soup as she knew through her daughter that we eat chicken and fish. Other than chicken it has some other black stuff in it and wondering what it was, so asked her, she kindly took me to the pantry and show all the ingredients that they used in the soup to make us comfortable and eat!! How wonderful is it, right?? Like the saying "One person is enough to change your perspective about something ", they did for us about the chinese culture.  I have so many good memories with that one month stay, if i have started to write all, this post would gone too long, so let me stop me here and head over to check the recipe of  mushroom potstickers. 


Mushroom Dumplings | Mushroom Potstickers

Preparation Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsMakes :
Recipe Category: Dumplings | Recipe Cuisine: Asian
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Ingredients
For stuffing
Mushroom(finely chopped) - 2 cup
Carrot(finely chopped) - 1/2 cup
Spring onion - 3 
Garlic - 2 
Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt -to taste
Pepper powder - to taste
For outer cover
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Water - as needed 

Procedure
First let's prepare the dough, add flour, salt & oil in a bowl, mix it well.Then add water and make a stiff dough . Cover it with lid and set it aside for 30 mins.In the mean time, let's prepare the filling. Chop all the veggies finely and keep it ready. Heat the oil in a pan. Add garlic and white part of the green onions and saute till they are aromatic. Next add the carrot & saute it for 2-3 mins. Once the carrots are half cooked, add the mushroom & salt and saute.Mushrooms tend to leave lot of water, cook till all the moisture evaporates and the veggies are cooked, add the soy sauce and mix it well.Finally add the pepper powder and green parts of spring onion. Mix it well and switch off the flame. Let the stuffing to cool completely.In the mean time, let's roll the dough, roll the dough into log and cut into eight equal parts and roll them into smooth balls.Take a dough and roll into thin sheets, do the same for all the dough.Add around a tbsp of stuffing at the center of a sheet, take the center of the dough from both sides and pinch together.Now starting from the center, make a small pleat from the front side of the dough and seal it  together with the back side of the dough, do till it reaches the end.Do the same way on the other side too.Similarly shape all the dumplings. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan, add the dumplings.Cook them without disturbing until the bottom of the dumplings are golden brown. Next add water in to the pan till the dumplings are half immersed in the water. Cover the dumpling and cook till all the water is absorbed by dumplings and it's well cooked. 
That's it, mushroom dumplings are ready. 
Notes:
  • Make sure to cut the veggies as fine as possible.
  • I have used brown mushroom here, but you can use white mushroom also.
  • Soy sauce has already salt in it, so be careful while adding salt.
  • Make outer layer as thin as possible for delicious dumplings.
  • Serve hot for best taste.
  • I like to serve it with some hot sauce and soup for complete meal.


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