Steamed Sweet Dumplings

These dumplings are super addictive and require no fancy ingredients. But don’t be tricked by it’s humble appearance. Getting a perfect batch is an art and you have to really take your time to get them right.
By Suchitra Vaidyaram

Sweet Steamed Dumplings

This recipe is a keeper and though I have made them a bunch of times, I am yet to achieve perfection. I love making a batch of these dumplings and keep popping in my mouth as and when I please. They are super addictive and require no fancy ingredients. But don’t be tricked by it’s humble appearance. Getting a perfect batch is an art and you have to really take your time to get them right. After all the hard work, when I gobble the little dumplings in my mouth, I feel it’s worth the effort!

Steamed sweet dumplings
 
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Recipe Type: Sweet
Ingredients
  • Rice flour - 2 cups
  • Jaggery - ¾ cup
  • Grated coconut- 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder (dash of it for flavoring)
Instructions
Dough preparation
  1. Boil around 1½ cups of water in a wok. As it begins to boil, add one spoon vegetable oil and switch off your gas.
  2. Remove the boiling water from your stove and stir in the rice flour slowly.
  3. Keep mixing the flour with water till it becomes a smooth dough.
  4. If your dough is too watery and sticky, add a bit of flour to achieve consistency. Alternatively, if your dough is too dry, add a bit of water to achieve good consistency.
Filling preparation
  1. Usually, we get jaggery in blocks or chunks from store. Crush them with a rolling pin to a powder consistency.
  2. On a low flame, melt the jaggery in a pan (use a bit of water for jaggery to submerge).
  3. As it starts to melt, add grated coconut and cardamom. Mix thoroughly till the coconut gets incorporated into jaggery.
  4. Before switching off the gas, add a bit of clarified butter to the filling.
Final preparation
  1. Roll out the filling into small balls.
  2. Take a small ball of rice flour and flatten it with your hand.
  3. With your fingers press the middle portion of the flattened dough so that it resembles a small cup.
  4. Keep the filling in middle.
  5. Close the dough with the filling in middle and shape the top to a small pointed dome.
  6. Prepare the rest of the dough the same way (with filling in middle).
  7. Steam them for about 8-10 minutes- Enjoy!

Suchitra Vaidyaram

Suchitra is passionate about cooking flavorful food and loves fusion cooking. She records her recipes on the blog Flavors, which focuses on simple and easy to cook recipes.

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1 Comment
  1. Hi Suchitra! Thanks for the recipe. Can you tell me which type of rice flour I should use–sweet rice flour? or what type? The dumplings sound wonderful. I love authentic Indian food and have some of Julie Sahni’s and Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbooks. -Michele

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