Found in just about every culture around the world, dumplings are considered a staple food. Made from flour and often with potatoes, this traditional peasant food has been around probably from the time grain was first processed into flour then prepared into various kinds of bread. Humankind is constantly experimenting and dumplings had to be one of the first foods to be dumped into a pot of boiling water to see what would happen. The Roman legions carried gnocchi with them for sustenance. Even the Mongols had their own version of dumplings when they raided Central Asia.

Here is a fabulous 5-minute video on making four different kinds of dumplings. Warning: You will want to make dumplings after you see this video. Here’s a 2-minute video featuring a unique version of dumplings called an Italian cheese dumpling. Finally, check out this 5-minute video on making Polish potato dumplings.

FunFacts about Dumplings: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic information, quote: Dumpling is a broad classification for a dish that consists of pieces of dough (made from a variety of starch sources) wrapped around a filling or of dough with no filling. The dough can be based on bread, flour, or potatoes, and may be filled with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits, or sweets. Dumplings may be prepared using a variety of methods, including baking, boiling, frying, simmering, or steaming, and are found in many world cuisines. (Source)
  • For an eye-opening list of cultures and descriptions of what kinds of dumplings each prepares, go here.
  • Manti or manta was a kind of dumpling carried by the Mongols during their conquest of the West. They were traditionally filled with vegetables or meat. You can still find Manti on menus today in Central Asia, in places like Kazakhstan.
  • The Ancient Roman legions carried gnocchi with them which was made of semolina flour and eggs.
  • The modak dumpling, from India, is very sweet and contains grated coconut and sugar. Modak are used in ceremonies, quote: During the Hindu festival Ganesha Chaturthi, twenty-one modaks are offered to Lord Ganesh, god of wisdom, knowledge and new beginnings. (Source)
  • Here’s a Chinese legend about the origin of dumplings, quote: Chinese legend says that the creator of the first dumpling was a physician who lived in the second half of the third century named Zhang Zhongjing. Disturbed at seeing his village’s inhabitants suffer from frostbitten ears one winter, Zhang formed dumplings in the shape of ears, hence their moniker jiaozi or “little ears,” and fed these to the villagers. (Source)

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36 thoughts on “Dumplings

  1. I’ve eaten quite a few delicious dumplings in my life! I really like the Chinese xiao long bao (the ones that have broth/soup in them) as well as Japanese gyoza (potstickers). The last picture of the mitarashi dango mochi balls I’ve eaten so many times I’ve lost count!

  2. I love dumplings, but the ones I had mostly was just the dough kind. I haven’t tried making the dumplings with meat in them but they are good. Looking at the pictured plus watching the videos make me want some dumplings though. I love having dumplings with my stew and I like the dumplings that’s in the chicken and dumpling dish.

  3. One of my favorite dishes is chicken and dumplings. On a cold winter day, it is very filling and warming. I have never had a sweet dumpling but look forward to trying them.

  4. The only kind of dumpling I have tried is the southern kind. Chicken and dumplings – the dumplings is made of flour, and a little bit of milk, rolled out thin and cut into strips (2imch long x 1 inch wide). Yummy

  5. My husband and I made the Chinese dumplings from scratch when we were newly weds( and had lots of time). We were able to buy all the ingredients in Boston’s Chinatown (I was a researcher at Tufts at that time and its close to Chinatown.) We didn’t even have a rolling pin, so we used a wine bottle. They were delicious and created a fond memory.

  6. Yep. Definitely made me hungry. Love chicken and dumplings. Another one of my favorites it using crescent rolls and filling them with fruit like apples or peaches or pears

  7. I grew up on chicken and dumplings, the flat kind. My family made them from scratch, then Mom found out she could use cut up tortillas. Now it’s just my sister and me, she uses the frozen ones, which we only have at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enterprise, AL

  8. I love dumplings. I grew up with all kinds of dumplings. One of my most favorite comfort foods in the world.

  9. The only dumplings I have ever had were Chicken n dumplings. My Grandmother use to make…most yummy! Thank you

  10. Gyoza, gnocchi, pierogi, chicken and dumplings, potstickers….never tried any sweet ones. Thanks for the awesome information Caris!

    Drea – South-central Arizona

  11. Being a purist and lazy, I’ve only I’ve made the drop type of dumplings from Bisquick.
    I cook them in chicken broth, always canned broth.
    I consider them a treat since they are not kind to my body.
    They are yummy.

  12. Enjoyed all the pictures and videos. Only have had the traditional chicken & dumplings but some of the videos show some really good ones. Thanks for sharing. AZ

  13. It is hard to choose a favorite photo when they all look so good. I love them when someone else makes them. I have never made them myself.

  14. Being from Tennessee I love the chicken and dumplins. I don’t make it often since my husband isn’t to big of a fan of them. Momma used to make BlackBerry dumplings also. Soooo good. Wish my momma was still here to make them.

  15. My Mother made homemade chicken & dumplins. It was so good, specially on a cold winter day!! I’ve never tried any other kind, but they do look yummy!!

  16. Wow!!! The jewelry is always beautiful. Would love to win for my daughter! As for dumplings…I love chicken and dumplings and also potstickers!

  17. All these pictures of dumplings make me hungry! It amazes me how many different kinds there are and from so many different cultures. Dumplings are truly an international food!

  18. I’ve never seen the appeal of dumplings!!! Just a ball of gooey tasteless mess!!! But some of the ones you shared actually Look appealing!!!!

  19. I like dumplings. My daughter is a chinese nut and she makes me try everything. I ate one the other night that had pork, sausage and something sweet in it. I was skeptical at first but it was good. All the pictures made me want to run to the Chinese resturant.

  20. The only dumplings I’ve ever made were standard chicken and dumplings. I used chicken thighs and drumsticks with carrots, herbs and added peas at the end, then simmered my dumplings on top. But after all those luscious pix I want to try others, especially the sweet ones!

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