Saturday, October 18, 2008

Veggie Wontons

A wonton (also spelled wantan, wanton, or wuntun in transcription from Cantonese; the Mandarin pronunciation is hundun) is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.

The most versatile shape is a simple right triangle, made by bringing two opposite corners together to fold the square in half. Its flat profile allows it to be pan-fried like a potsticker, as well as boiled or deep-fried.

I have always loved the fried wontons that we get at the various restaurants and was surfing the grocery store the other day and found these wonton wrappers and thought of giving myself a treat by making Veggie Wontons. I fried the Wontons but I am sure they would taste equally good when baked as well.

To make a wonton, spread a single wrapper square across the palm of one hand, place a small clump of filling in the center, and seal the wonton into the desired shape by compressing the wrapper's edges together with the fingers. Adhesion may be improved by moistening the wrapper's inner edges, typically by dipping one's fingertip into plain water and running it across the dry dough to dissolve the extra flour. As part of the sealing process, air should be "burped" out of the interior to avoid rupturing the wonton from internal pressure when cooked.

Here is the recipe:


12- 15 wonton wrappers
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
2 table spoons shredded carrot
2-3 spring onions chopped along with the greens
1 table spoon soy sauce
1 table spoon chili sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 table spoon olive oil
Oil for frying
Chili Sauce to Serve

To make the filling:

Heat oil in a pan; add the spring onions, cabbage and carrot to the pan and let it cook for for 5 minutes till the veggies are tender. Now add soy sauce, chili sauce , salt and pepper to the pan and toss all the ingredients well. Let it cook for another 2-3 minutes. Turn off the gas and let the mix cool.

Take one wonton wrapper, add 1/2 spoon of the cooled veggie mixture in the middle of the wonton wrapper, apply water to all the 4 sides of the wrapper and fold the wrapper in the traingle shape first and then bring the two ends of the folded wrapper together. Repeat the steps to make the remaining wonton wrappers.

Heat oil in a large pot and fry the wontons till golden brown.

Serve hot with chili sauce!!!!!!!!! Yum!!!!!!!!

I am sending this recipe to Hima for her event Sunday Snacks with the theme bake it.

I am also sending this recipe to Easy Crafts for her event WYF - Party Food