Dumplings are such a delicious comfort food. Whether boiled, steamed, or fried…gyozas, momos, mandu, or wontons, their warm deliciousness seems to soothe the soul. They are wholesome and filling, but are they vegan? It depends.
It is easy to recognize that a dumpling isn’t vegan if it is stuffed with meat. It gets a little more difficult, however, if it is a plain or vegetable dumpling. Since dumplings are found in some form in almost any culture, from the Chinese wonton to the Southern American “Chicken and dumplings,” we see examples of them everywhere.
Some dumplings are traditionally vegan, but others are not. So how can you tell? The easiest and best way to know for sure that your dumplings are vegan is to cook them yourself. That way, you know exactly what is in them. With that in mind, here are 6 delicious vegan dumpling recipes.
1 – Sichuan Spicy Wontons
These dumplings are made Shanghai-style, with chili oil alongside a healthy serving of Bok Choy. They are full of nutrients from such ingredients as tofu, mushrooms, ginger, onion, cloves, peppers, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, and more.
2 – Fried or Steamed Veggie Dumplings
These Asian dumplings are sometimes called dim sum or potstickers, and can be cooked tiehr steamed or fried. Bell pepper and cilantro give these morsels a flavorful crunch while sauteed mushrooms provide an interesting texture.
Steamed, these dumplings have a slightly chewy and light texture, while frying them makes their taste crispy and golden. Along with eggless dumpling wrappers and oil, this recipe contains many nutritious ingredients, such as mushrooms, red pepper, onions, spinach, orange pepper, bok choy, ginger, and more.
They come with their own filling and soy dipping sauce that really makes their flavor pop. Dairy-free and vegan, they have 104 calories and 17 total carbs per serving.
3 – Black Bean Tofu Rainbow Dumplings
This Asian-inspired dumpling recipe creates a very beautiful plate of vegan nutrition that is filled with naturally colorful dumplings. Black beans, spinach, tofu, sesame oil, sriracha, shiitakes, and soy sauce give them a flavor that won’t soon be forgotten.
You start the recipe off by sauteing onions, ginger, and garlic together until the mixture reaches a nice, golden brown. Next, you will toss in diced tofu, black beans, spinach, and shiitakes, and flavor it all with soy sauce, sriracha, and Chinese 5 spice.
The dumplings are not colored with food coloring or artificial colors. Instead, vegetable juice is used as a dye to make these brilliant shades of the rainbow. Simply replace the water as follows: Carrot juice makes yellow dumplings, beetroot juice makes red or purple dumplings, activated charcoal makes black or dark gray dough, purple cabbage juice makes light purple dough, and spinach juice makes a light green dumpling.
4 – Mom’s Special Vegan Dumplings
This vegan dumplings recipe is a great one to use for a traditional family Chinese New Year meal. They are loaded with vegetables to start the New Year off right by making nutritional choices. They are made using the “Five Elements Theory” of Chinese tradition.
According to this tradition, the five elements are metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. They can represent our five organs, lung (metal), Kidney (water), liver (wood), heart (fire), and spleen (earth). They also represent colors, white (metal), black/blue (water), green (wood), yellow (earth), and red (fire). In fact, the Chinese use these five elements to represent anything from foods, to colors, to politics and more!
The ingredients in this recipe are representative of the five elements as it pertains to colors. The cabbage is white, tofu skin is yellow, spinach is green, carrot is red, and shiitake mushroom is black. The result is a nutritious and colorful delicious vegan dumpling recipe perfect for any meal throughout the day!
5 – Creamy, “Cheesy” Homemade Ravioli
For an awesome Italian-inspired vegan dumpling recipe, you might like these ravioli dumplings. They turn out deliciously creamy and cheesy, despite the fact that there is no dairy in the filling. In fact, they are totally dairy-free. And you don’t even need a ravioli mold to make them!
For the vegan pasta dough, you are going to need pasta flour or 00 flour, since it requires a silky, smooth flour. You will also need salt, olive oil, and water. For the filling, you’ll need cashews, tofu, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, lemon juice, basil leaves, and sun-dried tomatoes.
You’re going to blend the rinsed cashews, peeled whole garlic, juiced lemon, and olive oil until the mixture is smooth. Then you will crumble the tofu in. You may have to cut it into chunks before you can crumble it. Once the mixture is smooth again, fold in the sun-dried tomatoes and basil.
Make your dough according to the vegan dumplings recipe directions, stuff it with the filling, and boil as directed. Voila!
6 – Vegetable Dumplings (Vegan Gyoza/Potstickers)
These pan-fried, crispy Japanese Vegetable Dumplings are also called Vegan Gyoza, Vegan Jiaozi, or Potstickers. They are usually steamed, but served with a crispy bottom. If you choose to, you can make the dumpling wrappers gluten-free. They are stuffed with vegetables to make them not only delicious, but nutritious as well.
The easiest way to create the wrappers for these dumplings is to follow the dough recipe for these Vegan Ravioli Pockets, but roll the dough out thinner. You can make these both gluten-free and vegan by using tapioca starch and rice flour, as explained in the directions. Once the dough is kneaded and rolled out thin, cut it into dumpling-sized circles with a glass or a round cookie cutter.
The filling contains stir-fry veggies such as mushrooms, carrots, leeks, garlic, and onions. You might also choose to add lentils, chickpeas, beans, or tofu for some added protein. They are delicious when served with the dipping sauce, made of soy sauce, rice vinegar, agave syrup, sesame oil, and sriracha, or sambal oelek.
And that’s it for our delicious vegan dumpling recipes. Feel free to browse the site for more healthy vegan ideas.
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