1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour or Maida (200 gram)
2 cup water(400 ml)
1/2 Tsp cumin (Jeera )
1/4 Tsp Ginger Paste (optional)
1/4 Tsp Green chilli Paste (optional)
1/2 Tbsp sodium bicarbonate(papadam soda /papad soda)
salt as per taste
Heavy bottomed pan/ kadai/ bamboo steamer to steam and cook the dumplings.
Cooking time- 20 to 25 mins
sieve all purpose flour and add cumin and salt to it and mix it well. Now in a pan add water and let it boil well, once you see the bubbles in the water add sodium bicarbonate to it and let water boil for another 3 to 4 mins and off the flame( This time I have not added but if you’re planning to add, you can add ginger and green chilli paste when water starts to boil it gives nice taste and flavour). Now add the water to all purpose flour and mix it well with the spoon.
Now take a heavy bottomed pan and fill it with water and place the ring if you’re using kadai or heavy bottomed pan ( Ring is placed so that water doesn’t get in the plate of dumpling) and boil the water in medium flame. In the meanwhile take the plate in which you are going to steam the dumplings and grease it with oil, then take a bowl filled with normal water. Now wet your palm with the water and take a little portion of the mixed flour and make small flat balls with it and then place it in the greased plate. Repeat the same with the rest of the mixed flour. By this time water in the pan must have got boiled and now you can place the plate with the round flat dumplings on the ring and close it with the lid. Steam it on a medium flame for about 20 to 25 mins. After 25mins insert the knife in the dumpling which is at the centre of the plate, if the knife comes out clean then dumplings are ready to be served after 5 mins once you take them down the stove. Serve them by sprinkling chilli powder and by adding little oil on the top if you like spicy.
These Dumplings can also be stuffed and are called as stuffed dumplings and are also used to make Khichiya( another version of appalam, which is very famous in Rajasthan).
Other tips to serve
- you can also serve it with Ghee and sugar.
- Add chilli powder, oil and Plain Yoghurt (or) Coriander mint Chutney.
Dumplings can also be prepared directly in cooker by just greasing the bottom of the cooker and placing the shaped dumplings in the cooker and adding the water ( water level should be such that half of the dumplings are immersed in water). It would take 3 to 4 whistles for dumplings to get cooked
You can also use idli plates to steam the dumplings.
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