These dumplings only have three ingredients: fresh Thai basil, prawns and wonton wrappers. Partly because fresh herbs add so much flavour on their own and partly because I can be a bit lazy in the kitchen and don’t like taking extra steps if they don’t seem necessary. Why put 10 ingredients in your dumplings when, in this case, they taste just as good with two.
Making your own dumplings can be a bit of a fiddly task but once you get the hang of it you can whip them up in no time and the fresh flavour of homemade dumplings will make it all worth it. Give them a go and if you get stuck on the folding part hop onto Youtube for a quick tutorial.
- 1 bunch fresh Thai basil
- 300g raw prawns, peeled with tails removed
- 30 square wonton wrappers
- Soy sauce, to serve
- Roughly chop the Thai basil and prawns and mix together in a medium bowl.
- Fill a small bowl with water and lay out a piece of baking paper to rest the dumplings on once they are folded.
- Place all of the wonton wrappers so they are sitting diagonally with a point at the top, side by side, in a single layer on a flat surface such as a wooden chopping board.
- Put a heaped teaspoon of the prawn mixture in the middle of each one.
- One by one you will then fold the dumplings. Dip your finger in the water and pat it around the edge of the top half of the wrapper. Bring the bottom corner up to fold it in half and press the edges firmly together to make a triangle. Fold in the bottom left corner and again dip your finger in the water and wet the folded side of that corner. Fold the bottom right corner over on top of the left and press together firmly.
- Repeat with the rest of the wonton wrappers sitting on the baking paper as you go.
- Bring a pan or wok of water to the boil that fits the size of your steamer. Line your steamer basket/s with baking paper or cabbage leaves or to stop the dumplings from sticking. Place the dumplings in the steamer basket/s in a single layer. Put the steamer over the boiling water and steam for 10 minutes or until the pastry has cooked through.
- Serve hot in the basket/s or using tongs put them onto a platter and serve with soy sauce.
You will find wonton wrappers in the fridge section of the supermarket.
Watch this video to see how to fold dumplings or if you want to get a bit more creative check out this video for how to fold your dumplings in 7 different ways.