When the concept of using flour for cooking had initialized, hardly had the cooks then imagined that the plain white mundane-looking ingredient would do wonders in the kitchen! And indeed it does create magic when kneaded with water to form dough, thereafter making small bundles of joy called ‘dumplings’. Dumplings are famous worldwide, in all cuisines, during festivals, New Year eves, get-togethers, farewells, or just like that. Boiled, steamed, fried or baked – dumplings are eaten as sweets, savories, in soups, with gravy or any other way. The secret behind the taste of dumplings is the filling used!
Pelmeni – the most common type of dumplings – adorns the Russian cuisine! It is believed to have reached the Russian kitchen from the Mongolian and to them from the Chinese. Even ages back, dumplings are made in a large quantity, frozen and stored to last the whole year. Such an instant and ready-to-eat food this is, that you can actually grab a pack of Babushka brand dumplings, defrost it and boil it (or eat it any way you want) even at the wee hours!
You just need sifted flour, eggs, little salt to taste and water to make the dough for dumplings. Be gentle while making the dough so that there is even consistency throughout. The ready dough should be firm but not sticky. Make small balls of equal size. Flatten them with a rolling pin. The pastry thickness should not exceed half mm. Place a spoonful of your favorite filling onto it and fold each over to seal. The seal should be tight enough so that the filling does not come out during any of the cooking procedures. You can use egg to bind the sides together. Wrap the dumplings with a damp cloth and freeze them till your taste buds keep craving for more and more of homemade Pelmeni!
Babushka brand dumplings come in three varieties of unique mouth-watering fillings – chicken, veal meat and pork and beef. These dumplings are handmade. Chicken meat, veal meat or mixed meat (pork and beef) can be finely minced and mixed with all seasonings to flavor your favorite Babushka dumplings. Once you get the packet of Babushka dumplings, you can gorge on them in any way you want. You can stew them, bake them, or boil them and have with soup if you are calorie-conscious. If you live to eat, then you have the best option of frying these yummy Babushka dumplings. Chicken dumplings can be had with tomato sauce, mustard sauce, chilli sauce, sour cream, mayonnaise or vinegar. The filling therein is the basic taste-maker.
On an average, 12 servings of mixed meat dumplings give you 270 calories, with considerable nutrition in protein, vitamin A & C, calcium, carbs and iron. Taste buds rule and for Babushka brand dumplings they stand a chance to overpower your dietary rules.
Serving a platter of Babushka brand dumplings is entirely a display of your creativity! Present them and they will disappear in no time!