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Steamed Wontons

Friday, July 4, 2008

I tried hard and couldn't find wonton wrappers in Chennai - I even called a woman who gives Asian Cooking Classes! - but it was nowhere to be found. And then, I found these Thai rice paper rolls, which worked very well.

I made them very basic and healthy and it was delicious. You could dress it up by adding some authentic Asian ingredients like bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, vermicelli noodles, tofu, eggs...

Steamed Wontons

1 Carrot, grated
1 cup cooked Corn
1 Onion, chopped
2 tsp Soy Sauce
1 Spring Onion, chopped (green and white portions)
A few sprigs of Cilantro

Heat a tbsp of oil in a saucepan, add the onions and saute for a minute or two, until soft. Next, add the corn and stir for another minute, while adding the soy sauce. Toss to combine. Remove from heat.

Dip each rice paper roll in some water - swirl it around for a minute or so until the roll begins to soften.

Take the roll out of the water bath and lay it on a flat surface. Lay a cilantro leaf first on the roll (it'll look pretty when you turn it over), then a tbsp of the corn onion mix. Now add the grated carrot, and then sprinkle some chopped spring onion on top.

Fold the roll to make neat squares.

Place the wontons in a bamboo steamer.

I put the bamboo steamer in the microwave in a shallow bowl filled with an 1" or so of water.

Microwave for about 2-3 minutes (depending on the microwave). Remove and transfer to a plate and serve immediately (it doesn't lend itself to reheating - though you could steam it again). Its perfect with these dipping sauces (especially the 2nd one)!

This is my contribution to Valli's MEC: Steamed Dishes. Never used my bamboo steamer in the microwave, though the directions for the Microwave come with the steamer. I'm so glad I did - now I don't think I'll go back to using it on the stove top!

In the Recipe Marathon, one week down, and here's what everyone's been up to today: Siri recreates her mother's yummy Egg puffs. Lakshmi has Pudina Sadam (Mint Rice). Dhivya gave the plain old Hummus a new twist of color. Srivalli made an all-time favourite, Puliyodarai (tamarind rice). Ranji made Papdi Pizza, and Swati made some homemade Dimsum! For dessert, we have Divya's Reva Kesari. And let's see how Bhags' got hooked!