Veggie Dumplings with Wanton Wraps

 A couple of weeks ago, Vaandu asked me to pack veggie dumplings with toothpick (???) for his lunch. I don’t remember him trying out veggie dumplings before. Not sure if any of his friends bought it for lunch. Anyways when he asked that for lunch, I told him that I will try it once for dinner before packing it for lunch. With Navratri, I couldn’t try that at all. This weekend he started asking for it again and I realized I cannot postpone anymore. I have postponed already for two weeks. I was very tired this Sunday and I didn’t want to do everything from scratch. So when I browsed for shortcuts, the first recipe that came was Alton Brown’s steamed dumplings. I love semi-homemade recipes. I have already written enough about the puff pastry sheets and how they save a lot of time on weekdays or when you don’t have time to start from scratch, especially for puffs. Wanton wraps fall under the same category. It’s a great ingredient to have in your fridge. 


I took a quick glance at that recipe and forgot the fact that the recipe called for tofu and scallions. I forget to buy those and came back only with wanton wraps as I had cabbage and carrots. But then I decided to try with what I have and it turned out pretty good. We paired this up with my BFF N’s Chinese fried rice. Her daughter and Vaandu enjoyed and loved the dumplings. So here is a recipe that was approved by two kids,



  • Store Bought Wanton Wraps – as required (I used 30) 
  • Shredded cabbage – 1 cup
  • Shredded carrots – 1 cup
  • Green chili – 1 (Finely chopped)
  • Finely chopped onion – 2 tbsps.
  • Soy sauce – 2 tsp.
  • Rice vinegar – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Ginger – garlic paste – 1 tsp.
  • Water for steaming


  • Heat the pan or wok and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot add the chopped onions, green chillies and ginger garlic paste.


  • Cook till the raw smell goes. Now add the shredded cabbage and carrots.
  • Add salt and cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now remove the lid and cook till the water evaporates.
  • Once the water evaporates add the soy sauce and vinegar.
  • Mix well and turn of the heat.


  • Now place about 1 to 1.5 tsps. of this veggie filling in the center of the wanton wrap and form mothak shape by pinching the edges or close the edges to form semi-circle like our regular kozhukattai.


  • I used idly plates to steam them. Add required water for the cooker and place these dumplings in the idly trays and steam them for 10 minutes.



  • That’s it. Veggie dumplings are ready. I served it with ketchup.



  • You can also use tofu and make it protein filled.
  • Instead of onions, scallions can be used.
  • Adjust the veggie quantity and you can also add other veggies according to your taste.


14 thoughts on “Veggie Dumplings with Wanton Wraps

  1. Awww I am now craving for some dumplings.. they are looking so good Vidhya! By the way whats with the toothpicks – did Vaandu tell you why he wanted them *just curious* :D Its so hard to find puff pastry sheets as well as wanton sheets. All I can get is Samosa sheets, like that’s not easy to do at home. Sigh.

    • Thanks GB.. I haven’t tried shopping for pastry sheets in India. Its tuffa??
      Between this is my guess for toothpicks.. We recently got colored toothpicks. He wanted to play with them and I said no. (Bad mom huh?) He thought if we give the dumplings with toothpicks he can collect more. But you want my first thought was.. We didn’t watch anjaan movie with him. Then how come he got the idea nu dan.. ;-)

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