Dumplings are delightful parcels destined to touch the heart and hence they are called dim sum which means ‘touch the heart‘ in Chinese. The dumplings are said to have originated at China and contribute to a significant portion of the meals in China. They are available in different varieties and avatars all over the world.
Pork siu mai
We have the Tibetan Momo which are the steamed dumplings made of thin wrappers encasing minced meat, traditionally served with a hot meat stock served in the hills. The cold weather of the wills and the steamed hot Momo with spicy hot soup makes it a heavenly combo.
Then we have Korean Mandu, the wrapper is made of a wheat flour and water but its a bit thicker than the Momo, one can add small amount of corn starch. The fillings are minced pork with a lot of vegetables and sweet potato noodles.
Then there are dumplings popular in Germany popular in the European Union like maultaschen which are the meat dumplings and potato dumplings called schupfnudeln. They are served during German traditional festivals. The fillings of maultaschen are minced meat which is generally beef and its served with beef broth. I used minced lamb in the recipe , you can substitute it with minced beef or pork.
Pierogis are potato and cheese stuffed Polish dumplings which are pan fried. The dumpling dough contains wheat, eggs and butter.
Empanadas is a stuffed pastry popular in America, Spain, Portugal and parts of South America. The Empanadas are very versatile and can be stuffed with sweet as well as savory fillings.
In India traditionally dumplings are made from rice flour and stuffed with sweet coconut fillings, One of the iconic dumplings are Modak which are prepared during the Ganpati festival in Maharashtra and belong to the traditional Maharashtrian cuisine. Traditionally the modaks are made from rice flour are shaped with hand and consist of either 11 or 21 petals and then these are steamed.
In the Eastern part of India, the Bengali cuisine also features several types of dumplings. They are called pitha ,made of rice flour filled with sweetened coconut and jaggery and cooked in milk or steamed. Sometimes the dumplings are also made of lentils and fried or steamed.