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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dimsum- Soft, Steamed Snack

I am always confused between dimsum and Momo. In Tibet they call it Momo, in China they call it Dimsum, it’s a snack made of dough, stuffed with filling and steamed. Momo are normally with wrapper open, exposing the filling and a cheaper variety sold in carts as a street food, sometimes served with garlic sauce and soup, Dimsum, on the other hand is the closely wrapped snack, served in fancy restaurants with garlic or soya sauce. There are hundreds of recipes on this, depending on your choice of filling.

It has been many days now since I have nursed a desire to make Dimsum. In India, we have many vendors where you can just go and enjoy this snack, eating at the street vendor seems an easy way out since it is readily available. But when you travel to other countries, where it is not so common, you begin to miss what you get so easily in your town.

Like I am here in Spain, spending some time with my family and found a good reason to try my hand on this recipe. Didn’t realize there is so much effort involved till I actually sat down to make it. It’s the wapper that takes most of the time, diligently rolling out each circle and filling it. But it is worth it, if the family appreciates and enjoys the end product.

To make wrapper:

1cup flour
1/2cup warm water
1tsp olive oil
Salt to taste

The dough is made by mixing flour, water, salt, and oil till it has elastic consistency.

Keep it the fridge for one hour.

To make filling

3-4 mushrooms
Small quantity of capsicum (red, yellow, green)
2 spring onions
4-5 finely chopped n deep fried garlic
1tsp five-spice powder
salt to taste

Mix finely chopped mushroom, carrots, red, yellow and green capsicum, spring onions, fried garlic, salt and five-spice powder. keep it aside.

Remove the dough from the fridge, knead it well, cut into small pieces, and roll into wafer thin round circles.

Stuff it with filling and steam it.

Serve with soya sauce dip

For soya sauce dip:

2tbsp soya sauce,
1tsp vinegar,
1tsp sugar
1tsp olive oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped green chilies.

Five Spice powder:

1 piece star aniseed
½ tsp. cloves
1” pc. Cinnamon
½ tsp. sauf  
½ tsp. peppercorns
Powder them and use as needed.

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