Fried Vegetarian Dumplings
These dumplings are bright, colorful, and completely addicting.
Serves: 4Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 scallions (white and green parts), roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1⁄2 cup diced silken tofu
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce, divided
- 1 Tbsp. sesame oil, divided
- 1 package (12 oz.) dumpling wrappers
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup peanut oil
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
- 1 tsp. sesame seeds
- Place the bell pepper, scallions, and garlic in a mini-food processor. Pulse until finely diced. Place the mixture in a medium bowl along with the tofu, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Stir well.
- Spread out dumpling wrappers on a work surface. Place 1 scant tablespoon of filling in the center of a wrapper. Fold wrapper over itself. Wet the edge of the wrapper with water, and fold in an accordion shape. Place filled dumplings under a damp paper towel while filling the others.
- Heat peanut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles in the oil, work in batches to fry the dumplings. Fry the dumplings on one side for 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip and fry for an additional minute. Drain on paper towels.
- Whisk together remaining soy sauce, sesame oil, crushed red pepper, and sesame seeds. Serve dumplings with dipping sauce.