Dumplings

Dumplings

Found in just about every culture around the world, dumplings are considered a staple food. Made from flour and often with potatoes, this traditional peasant food has been around probably from the time grain was first processed into flour then prepared into various kinds of bread. Humankind is constantly experimenting and dumplings had to be one of the first foods to be dumped into a pot of boiling water to see what would happen. The Roman legions carried gnocchi with them for sustenance. Even the Mongols had their own version of dumplings when they raided Central Asia.

Here is a fabulous 5-minute video on making four different kinds of dumplings. Warning: You will want to make dumplings after you see this video. Here’s a 2-minute video featuring a unique version of dumplings called an Italian cheese dumpling. Finally, check out this 5-minute video on making Polish potato dumplings.

FunFacts about Dumplings: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic information, quote: Dumpling is a broad classification for a dish that consists of pieces of dough (made from a variety of starch sources) wrapped around a filling or of dough with no filling. The dough can be based on bread, flour, or potatoes, and may be filled with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits, or sweets. Dumplings may be prepared using a variety of methods, including baking, boiling, frying, simmering, or steaming, and are found in many world cuisines. (Source)
  • For an eye-opening list of cultures and descriptions of what kinds of dumplings each prepares, go here.
  • Manti or manta was a kind of dumpling carried by the Mongols during their conquest of the West. They were traditionally filled with vegetables or meat. You can still find Manti on menus today in Central Asia, in places like Kazakhstan.
  • The Ancient Roman legions carried gnocchi with them which was made of semolina flour and eggs.
  • The modak dumpling, from India, is very sweet and contains grated coconut and sugar. Modak are used in ceremonies, quote: During the Hindu festival Ganesha Chaturthi, twenty-one modaks are offered to Lord Ganesh, god of wisdom, knowledge and new beginnings. (Source)
  • Here’s a Chinese legend about the origin of dumplings, quote: Chinese legend says that the creator of the first dumpling was a physician who lived in the second half of the third century named Zhang Zhongjing. Disturbed at seeing his village’s inhabitants suffer from frostbitten ears one winter, Zhang formed dumplings in the shape of ears, hence their moniker jiaozi or “little ears,” and fed these to the villagers. (Source)

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