Jan 26, 2015

Easy vegetable and dumpling soup (+video)


It's about time to share this easy dumpling soup recipe with you! Kind of weird, but I really can't remember if I was a fan of the dumpling soup as a child. I know I had nothing against it, but was it a meal that I was eagerly waiting for? One of my favorite foods in my childhood were macaronis with ketchup and pan-fried onions made by my grandmother. I called this dish "you know these things with the onions". I remember when we were visiting our grandparents, I instantly checked the kitchen cupboard when we arrived. I wanted to see if grandma had gathered the necessary seashell macaroni to make my favorite meal. I even pouted one time when grams made oatmeal porridge for morning instead of pasta! Oh, me. I also really loved soups as a child. One time I told my mom I want to eat my soup with a fork! Mom had no choice but to shrug her shoulders and hand me the fork. I was and am an unbelievable food führer! And lets be honest - I loved almost every single food my mom and grandmas cooked. And they are the main reasons I have loved food since I remember.

But now I can say with no doubt that dumpling soup has reached into my top soups that I love to cook and eat. Vegans can make perfect dumplings without the need for eggs and I even used water instead of a plant milk this time. It worked just fine, but of course you can use plant milk if you have some in hand. In my 8 years of vegan cooking, I have discovered that eggs are absolutely not necessary in many dishes known to us as meals that definitely need eggs. You can make mouth-watering pancakes, dumplings and cakes without eggs. You can even cook a luscious omelette without eggs! Alright, I got the egg-thing off my chest and I'm ready to get back to this unbelievably good vegetable and dumpling soup. It's so delicious, that there's never enough servings.

When I am sadly washing the empty soup pot, I think how the dumplings were just enough firm but still tender. The carrots gave a divine sweet broth. Garlic added the needed funk and fresh parsley made everything 100% better. And of course, this soup is super cheap and really easy to make. Hurry up now and make the dumpling dough already!



Preparation time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4-6 people

Ingredients:

For the dumplings:

  • 5 heaping Tbsp all-purpose flour 
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup / 120 ml water (add a bit less, if you want firmer dumplings)
  • 1 Tbsp (olive) oil

For the soup:

  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 onions
  • 3 larger carrots (about 10 ½  oz / 300 g)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic + 1 clove for adding in the end
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 6 cups / 1400 ml boiling water
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1-1 ½ tsp salt
  • bunch of fresh parsley

Directions:

We add the dumplings in the end, so it's best to start making the dumpling batter. It has to sit for some time to let the flour set a bit. To make the dumplings, combine flour with salt, add water and stir. Add oil and stir again. The dumpling batter should be a creamy pourable mixture, almost like sour cream but not too thick. Let the dumpling batter sit until you make the soup.

Heat up a thick-bottomed pot. Add oil and chopped onions. Cook for a minute or two. Add carrots (cut into little pieces), bay leaves, ground black pepper, 3 cloves of chopped garlic and dried dill. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the boiling water and let the soup boil under a lid, until the carrots are halfway cooked (about 10 minutes). Add potato cubes and salt. Boil, until the potatoes are almost soft. Now start adding the dumplings. Take a teaspoon of dumpling dough and carefully slide it into the boiling soup. Continue, until you are out of the dough. If all the dumplings are added, cover the pot with a lid and let the soup boil for 7-10 minutes. In the end, add chopped parsley and finely chopped garlic clove. Taste for salt and serve.


26 comments:

  1. I love dumpling soup and I really want to try this. I'm just a little confused; at the beginning you said that the dumplings need to sit a bit to let them rise, but there is nothing in the ingredients which would make them rise. Are you using self-rising flour (meaning regular flour would need some ingredients added), or what's the dealio? It's a cold day in Florida and we don't get a lot of those, so I will probably be making this today!

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  2. Betty, regular flour has a natural ability to rise a tiny bit and get thicker when mixed with a liquid and left to sit for a while. So if you are making pancakes or these dumplings for example, it's good to let the batter sit after combining the flour and water and you can see, it will get a little bit thicker. And in this dumpling recipe, there's no need for baking powder or self-rising flour, since the natural rising is good enough this time. I hope it helps and I hope you will like the outcome! :)

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  3. Could the dumplings be made with a gluten free floor and still work the same?

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  4. I am confused by the water amounts. How many cups exactly?

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  5. I love that this doesn't call for store bought vegetable stock! Can't wait to make some! Thank you!

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  6. Thanks, Sarah! It's pretty cold in Estonia too, but today the sun is actually shining! Such a rare occasion :D Greetings to Germany!

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  7. Cherry, my guess is if you use a gluten free flour mix, they could work well. But if you use only buckwheat flour for example, it might be trickier. But I haven't tried them that way, so I cannot say for sure.

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  8. Jane, for the soup you need exactly 6 cups of water. And for the dumpling batter you need ½ cup. I always write down both US and European measurements at the same time, so only look for the cups and not milliliters.

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  9. Thanks!! The carrots, garlic and parsley give such a nice broth of their own so you really only need salt to complete the taste.

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  10. Thank you for this recipe. <3

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  11. I am so glad you liked it, Diana!! :)

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  12. Made this for dinner! DELICIOUS! love it love it love it!

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  13. Elizabeth@ bowlofdelicious.comFebruary 3, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    This looks amazing!!! Can't wait to try it :-) Pinned!

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  14. We have made a lot of oatmeal cookie recipes in our house (they're my DH's favorite cookies!), but none as good as this. We actually are living in Australia and don't yet have a mixer and the oven is fickle (too hot, uneven heat, etc.), so I wasn't expecting much when my husband and kids started making these. They turned out EXCELLENT!! My husband said we have a winner and I doubt he'll ever use another recipe again! Thanks for the great recipe! http://tinyurl.com/oyomezf this is mine recipe. Thanks.

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  15. Would I mince all the garlic?

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  16. Rebecca, yes, mince it all and in the beginning add 3 minced garlic cloves and in the end add 1 minced garlic clove.

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  17. Hi, I just made this soup and it really is amazing! However I felt the dumplings were a little odd, I never made dumplings before though, I followed the instructions but I don't know if the consistency of the doug was OK. How is it supposed to be? Help me please so I know for next time. And thanks

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  18. Lily, I'm not quite sure what do you mean about "odd", but the dumpling dough should be like a thick pancake batter. Does this help? Let me know, if you have more questions.

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  19. I lost 43 lbs last year eliminating oil,mayo and margarine from my diet....I water salute or veggie broth. I got off four prescriptions too. I will make the dumplings without oil and saute the veggies in water thereby eliminating 480 calories from this yummy meal.

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  20. I agree! I made it with no added oil or salt. I used low-sodium vegetable broth for the soup and to sauté the veggies. I substituted turnips (or rutabagas) for the potatoes and added a sweet potato. Any kind of grain flour will work for the dumplings, but the whole-grain flours will make a heavier dumpling. Delicious!

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  21. It does help, the flavor was OK but the texture was odd, I felt maybe the doug was suppose to be thicker as when you make tortillas but mine was sort of like a thick pancake batter so I guess it was alright. Thanks for your fast reply!

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  22. I just made this! It is super delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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