Every once in a while me and some of my vegan friends come together for dinner, we all bring a dish and have an awesome evening filled with food babies, laughter and the occasional spontaneous yoga moves. This time I decided to make some dumplings, because everybody loves dumplings, right?! Dumplings are very easy to make vegan and me being obsessed with colourful food decided to go take them the next step and made some coloured dumplings. They were delicious! I made two different kinds of fillings and of course the filling that took all the stars has no recipe because I didn’t write it down. I’ll try to replicate it and share it in another recipe, but don’t be discouraged, this filling is absolutely delicious, no, its insanely delicious!
Talking about fillings, you can use whatever filling you like, If you are brave you can come up with your own dumping filling, use you imagination. I’ve also got some other dumpling recipes over here.
Making multi coloured dumplings can be very labor intensive, but trust me, it is worth it. One of my favourite things to do is making multi coloured foods and sharing it with friends. You can use whatever colour you like, beets will make a nice red or pink, water boiled with cabbage makes a nice purple or blue, spirulina makes a nice green and mixed with turmeric a lime green and turmeric add a yellow colour to the dumplings. I think I’ll make a separate post on natural food colouring, because here at the indigo (aka rainbow) kitchen colour plays a big roll.
There are three ways to cook your dumplings, you can steam and boil them or have potstickers. My preferred way of making my dumplings are by steaming them in a bamboo steamer, because these use no oil and are a bit more healthy. I also love making pot stickers as they get a bit crunchy on the bottom, while still remaining their chewy texture.
I used a mixture of soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and scallions to dip the dumplings in, but you could also use hot sauce or whatever floats your boat!
Growing up I ate lots of Surinamese Creole and Chinese dishes and they were the best! I love revisiting those cuisines and making vegan alternatives for those nostalgic dishes, all while infusing them with whatever colour I can find. Some dishes will be challenging though, but I’m always up for a challenge!
If you’re making these dumplings share you pics with me on Instagram or leave a comment below, I love seeing you recreate my recipes and giving them your own twist!
Stay awesome everyone and eat the rainbow!