Saturday, January 05, 2008

Starting the new year with a good amount of Vegetables!! And Indo- Chinese food!

I first drooled over these and then she tempted me !!! I hadn't heard of these.. though I do love Indo- Chinese-made-in-Mumbai food.. the closest I could relate these to was Momos!! But they looked sooooo good!!! And the ladies praised them so much and honestly, they looked like they were so easy to make (and they are!!!) !!!!

Plus, what a great way to eat vegetables (especially when you are as fussy as me!)..

These pot stickers are a HIT with me and I will definitely keep making them! Maybe the next time I will plain steam them, bet those will taste just as good!

I followed Suganya's recipe and for the next round it will be Nupur's! Any suggestions what I can substitute for mushrooms?

I rounded up the usual suspects for stuffing! Just chopping these vegetables made me feel 'healthy'.. no I an not exaggerating! There are evenings, when I come home from work, tired and cranky, and all I can rustle up is a pot of sambar and rice.. and if I am not cranky, I also make fulkas with a vegetable! But that was until last year.. this year I have resolved to eat as many veges as I can ( and dare to sample some new varieties as well).

I followed the recipe, link here

And just as a reference:

Cabbage – 2 cups,

Shredded Carrot – 1 cup,

Shredded Bell pepper – 1 big,

Shredded Green chilli – 1,

Minced Ginger – 1 inch,

Grated Lemon grass – 1 tbsp,

Soy sauce – 2 tbsp



Sesame oil – 1 tbsp

Wonton wrappers – 1 packet

Reserve some shredded cabbage, carrots and bell pepper for plating. Put a wok on high heat. Add oil and quickly stir fry carrot, bell pepper with green chilli, ginger and lemon grass, for about a minute. Season with soy sauce, salt and pepper. Switch off the flame and mix the shredded cabbage. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
Take 6 wonton wrappers at a time and form an assembly line. Brush the edges with water, place a tbsp of filling in the center, and fold as a square or a triangle. Pinch the edges and transfer the finished wontons onto a baking sheet and keep them covered with a kitchen towel. Proceed to finish the rest.
Take a flat pan with lid and put it under medium heat. Spray the pan with a tsp of oil and place 5 or 6 filled wontons without crowding the pan. Don’t disturb the potstickers for a whole minute. After they have crisped on one side, gently pour ¼ cup of water in the pan and close the lid. The steam from the evaporating water will cook the potstickers. When all the water has dried and the wonton wrappers are transparent, they are done. Gently transfer onto a platter prepared with the reserved vegetables and serve immediately with your favourite
dipping sauce.

I would like to try another dipping sauce, I somehow did not take to the soy sauce (dipping sauce), so if you all have any other suggestions, please do let me know!

I also made Fried Rice and Sweet and Sour Vegetable.

I used the same vegetables ( carrots, cabbage, spring onion, green bell pepper)

You need:

3 cups Mixed Vegetables ( I chopped veges in to cubes and carrots in rounds)

1/2 Onion, chopped (cook separately)

1 1/2 cup Vegetable stock*

3 tblspn Tomato sauce

2 tblsp Vinegar

2tblsp Sugar

1 1/4 tblsp Cornflour

Salt to taste

1 tblsp Butter

Combine all ingredients from Tomato sauce up to salt. Boil the vegetables in water until just cooked. Reserve the water (vegetable stock). Heat butter in a pan, add the onion and cook till translucent, add the sauce and boil . Add the boiled vegetables, mix well. Boil and let the sauce thicken. Serve with Fried rice!! This meal is light and tasty but at the same time,not at all spicy!
Have a great weekend!!!!

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  1. Hello Manasi...both the dishes are my favs...:) and now I am craving for some :)

    Wishing a great year ahead :)


  2. lovely recipes mansi potstickers looks deleciouss

  3. With dishes like this, it is easy to eat healthy, huh... Both the dishes look great! Wish you a happy 2008 Manasi...

  4. Looks yummy! and really looks like its easy to make...will give it a shot some time.

  5. Mansi, hope you had a fabulous start to the new year...your dish reminds me too of momos...I really need to make them quick..yumm

  6. I love Sweet and Sour vegetable, makes me drool...looks nice Manasi :)

  7. Hi Manasi,

    Colourful looking dish...

    Wishing you a happy new year

  8. Happy New Year, dear! This is some lovely fresh food! Totally yummy!

  9. For the dip, try adding a generous amount of chilli garlic sauce to the vinegar/soy/sauce/red pepper flakes mix.

    The Kolkata version has fresh tomatoes, red chilli paste and fresh garlic in it I think.

  10. Happy New year.
    I woudn't mind to start my ney year with all these dishes.

  11. Lovely recipes! Both dishes look great...Happy 2008!

  12. On my list tooo.. Now you have given me one more reason to try them.. Wishing you a happy 2008 !

  13. Manasi, Happy New Year to you too!
    I love Indo-Chinese food and on that platter looks so yum!

  14. the pot stickers and fried rice. Happy New Year!

  15. Good to see a colorful vegetable-rich platter! As for a substitute for mushrooms...maybe you can skip them altogether. Or use some baked tofu, or some sauteed greens instead.
    As a different dipping sauce, you could try this peanut based sauce
    but then you don't like peanut butter either :D
    Just dip them into store-bought chilli sauce, perhaps?

  16. cool recipe!! will give it a try...happy new yr, dear.

  17. i too love indo -chinese food too much, i just had veg manchurian last week at home. keep posting... thanks for recipe :)

  18. I like your Mumbai-style fried rice. The ones you get at the roadside stalls there are undoubtedly the best.
    Manasi, new year wishes to you and your family!:-)

  19. You are off to a fantastic start! I love me some pit stickers and yours looks absolutely perfect.

    I adore the amount of veggies that are prevalent in Indian and Chinese cooking, so healthy.

  20. that defenitely is a good way to have lot of veggies... :)

  21. Thank U Everyone!!!!
    Shuborp Thank u so much, I wll try this the next time I make Potstickers!!!
    Nupur Thank U !! I have seen the sauce u mention, and I will try that, I am not too averese to peant butter, as long as it is not the only and overpowering taste, i'm sure it will do for me!!! I will try ur suggestion on greens / tofu next time!!!

  22. Hi Masani,
    Hope you don mine i'm adding you in my list.
    Nice Baked Wantan. We call this "shui jiao" in Mandarine. We like to have Black vinegar with sliced ginger as dipping sauce! Taste nice and unique...
    I'm new blogger, from Malaysia. Love cooking at home too.
    Here is mine,

  23. Manasi, That looks like a delightful meal. I love the potstickers too and infact the steamed ones taste great as well and involve less work. Wishing you a great 2008.
    p.s. I figured out that I'm able to comment on your blog (or any that uses snapshot) from my desktop so my comments may not be frequent but I hope to atleast drop in whenever i can. :)

  24. Momos look perfect! I just dip mine in sriracha. it makes everything taste better :) Happy New Years by the way!


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