Tapioca Dumplings Recipe

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Tapioca Dumplings

Packed with a chunky chicken mix, wrapped in a dough of tapioca pearls and flour, these dumplings make for a perfect entree. Also gluten free snack.

Ingredients of Tapioca Dumplings

  • Paste for chicken:
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorns
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp fresh coriander
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • 250 gm minced chicken
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce

  • Tapioca casing:
  • 1 cup tapioca pearls (Sabudana)
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 75 ml boiling water

  • Spinach casing:
  • Spinach leaves

  • Garnish:
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Garlic oil

How to Make Tapioca Dumplings

  1. For the filling:
  2. In a mortar and pestle, grind the peppercorns, coriander, garlic and salt and form a paste.
  3. In a pan, heat oil, fry the paste for about a minute.
  4. Then on high heat, add the onions and the chicken, and stir-fry till it's all crumbly.
  5. Add the peanuts, brown sugar. Give it a quick stir so that the sugar caramelizes.
  6. Add the fish sauce and mix well.
  7. Stir for a few minutes more and take off the heat.

  8. For the wrapping:

    For the tapioca shell, mix the tapioca pearls and tapioca flour in boiling water, while stirring constantly. Knead the dough a bit but very gently, do not mash the pearls. It will be sticky and allow it to cool.
  9. Dip your fingers in a bowl of cold water. Take a pinch of the tapioca dough, roll into a ball.
  10. Then flatten it and fill it with the chicken filling.
  11. Steam the dumplings.
  12. Optional - you can drizzle a bit of garlic oil on top or black sesame seeds. Also instead of the tapioca covering you can use spinach leaves to wrap the filling.