If you're unsure of how to make dumplings (or what to put in them), then you're in the right place! I'll be showing you how to make a dumpling filling using anything in your kitchen!
AD - I've teamed up with Ninja UK to help you make and cook dumplings from scratch! Using their Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 PossiblePan with ZEROSTICK, I'll show you how you can boil, pan-fry, and steam dumplings all in one pan!
All you need to make dumplings are the dumpling wrappers (which you can buy from your local Asian supermarket), and 3 or 4 ingredients from your fridge or pantry.
I would recommend always adding in garlic and/or onion. Then, get yourself another one or two vegetables. For this recipe, I had some mushrooms and coriander. You could use carrot, potato, or any other ingredient you can find.
Once you've got your staple ingredients, blend them up in a food processor. I used my Ninja Food Processor which blended the ingredients into a perfect paste-like consistency.
You then want to add some flavour to your paste. For minimal effort and minimal taste, you can add in some salt and pepper to your mixture. However, I highly recommend adding in a variety of herbs and spices.
Here are a few combinations that you could give a go:
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil
- Oyster sauce
- Mixed herbs
- Zest of a lemon
- Some sort of cheese (e.g. parmesan or feta)
For this recipe, I used paprika, cumin, and mixed herbs for extra flavour. I also added a teaspoon of sugar, some salt, pepper, and olive oil to season the mixture. Mix all of your ingredients and set them aside.
Assembling The Dumpling
Get your dumpling wrappers (I just buy them from my local Asian supermarket). Place a teaspoon of your filling into the centre of a wrapper and bring four corners up into the centre. Pinch each side together to make a kite-like shape. Then bring two corners and pinch them together to form binocular-looking dumplings.
How To Cook Your Dumplings
Using your Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 PossiblePan , you can either boil, pan-fry, or steam your dumplings.
To boil your dumplings, simply fill up your pan with water and place it on medium to high heat. Once the water is boiling, add in your dumplings and cook for 6 minutes. Remove the dumplings and set them aside.
To pan-fry your little parcels, place your pan on medium heat, drizzle with oil, and add in your dumplings. Fry for 4 minutes and then add 1cm of water. Place on your lid and leave to steam for 3 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for a further minute. Transfer your dumplings onto a plate and set them aside.
Last but not least, steaming. Pour an inch of water into the bottom of your Ninja Pan, add in your steamer, and then add in your dumplings. Gently put on your lid and leave to steam for 7 minutes. Remove your dumplings and set them aside.
If You Are A Fan Of Dumplings, You Might Enjoy My Dumpling World Tour Series
I set myself a challenge to go around the world in 80 dumplings. Why? Because so many countries share a love for dumplings and every country’s dumplings have their own unique twist. From Varenyky in Ukraine to Banh Bot Loc in Vietnam, dumplings are a way for us to celebrate various cultures and culinary differences from all parts of the globe.
Not all my dumpling recipes are up on my website, yet! So, if you’d like to check them out, head on over to my Instagram for the video tutorial and full recipe!
More Delicious Recipes from my Dumpling World Tour
How To Make Dumplings
- Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Possible Pan
- 12 dumpling wrappers
- 5 mushrooms
- ½ red onion
- Small bunch coriander (keep some to sprinkle over the dish at the end)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon greek yoghurt
- 1 garlic clove, finely sliced
- 1 knob of butter
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Add all of your ingredients (except the dumpling wrappers and yoghurt sauce ingredients) to your food processor and blend until a thick paste has formed.
- Get your dumpling wrappers. Place a teaspoon of the filling into the centre of the wrapper. Bring four corners up into the centre and seal each side to each corner to make a kite-like shape. Then, pinch two corners and fold them together. Do the same on the other side. You should end up with binocular-looking dumplings (feel free to watch my video on Instagram if you're struggling with this part). Repeat this until all of your filling is used up.
- To boil your dumplings, simply fill up your Ninja Possible Pan with boiling water and place on medium heat. Add in your dumplings and cook for 6 minutes. Remove and serve up with your garlic yoghurt and paprika sauce.
- To pan-fry your dumplings, place your Ninja Possible Pan on medium heat, drizzle with oil, and add in your dumplings flat side down. Fry for 4 minutes and then add in 1 cm of water. Place on your Ninja lid and steam for 3 minutes. Remove the lid and fry for a further minute. Take out your dumplings and serve up with your garlic yoghurt and paprika sauce.
- To steam your dumplings, pour 1 inch of boiling water into the bottom of your Ninja Possible Pan. Place on medium heat and add on your steamer element. Transfer your dumplings into the steamer, add on the lid, and steam for 8 minutes. Remove and serve up with your garlic yoghurt and paprika sauce.
- To make your garlic sauce, combine the yoghurt and garlic together. Add the butter and paprika to a small bowl and place in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- To serve up, spoon the yoghurt and garlic sauce onto your serving plate. Gently place your dumplings on top, drizzle with your paprika butter, and sprinkle with a few coriander leaves. Serve up and enjoy!