Sunday, May 10, 2009

Gyoza-Japanese dumplings

I had been away from cooking and blogging for a long time.There are so many things that kept me away from you all.The summer is at its peak now so I hate to be in the kitchen.Lately,I got assigned myself to various jobs so I'm kinda busy these days.For the next few weeks,I will be travelling a lot for my admission proceedings and so I will not be able to catch up with you buddies regularly.
This is my first attempt in  Japanese cooking.I researched a lot in the internet for a vegeterian Japanese recipe.Finally,I settled with 'Gyoza'-a japanese style pot-stickers..Its actually called 'Jiaozi' in China and 'Mandu' in Korea.For the filling,I made a simple cabbage stir fry with sesame seeds.Since this is my first attempt,I made only a small batch.

You will need :

For the gyoza sheets,
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup warm water

For the filling,
1/2 cup chopped cabbage
1/2 cup onion
1/4 tsp chopped ginger
1/4 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp soya sauce
1/2 tsp chilli vineger
1 tsp sesame seeds

For the dipping sauce,
2 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp chopped green onions

Mix the flour and water using the chop sticks.When it comes together as dough,knead well for 5 mins or until its smooth and elastic.Cover it with a damp cloth and let it sit for about 30 mins.

Heat oil in a pan,fry onion,ginger and garlic till transculent.Add cabbage and fry for a min.Add the rest of the seasonings and mix well.Allow to cool.

Roll the dough to a thick log and cut into 1 inch equal portions.Roll each portion into a thin,uniform,circular discs.

Take a rolled out disc and place a spoonful of the filling in the center.

Fold them like a semi-circle and press it gently on the center.

Pleat the edges as shown in the picture.
Repeat it with the rest of the sheets and filling.

In a pan,heat a tsp of sesame oil and place the dumplings without overlapping them.Let it brown a bit.Flip it and pour 1/2 cup of water and cover immediately.Allow it to cook until the dumpling looks shiny and cooked.

Mix all the ingredients under the dipping sauce.Serve this sauce for the dumplings.

I liked the dumplings with this sesame flavored cabbage filling.But I can't handle the sauce.. I would rather prefer these dumplings with tomato sauce.

This goes to AWED-JAPANESE guest hosted by Lavi of HomeCookRecipes and intiated by DK of CulinaryBazzar.