Chicken and Pistachio Dumplings in the Varoma - Thermomix Recipes from Steph

Chicken and Pistachio Dumplings in the Varoma

Recipe by Thermomixer

makes 20

80 g unsalted pistachio nuts

1 clove garlic

300 g chicken thighs cut into 2cm chunks,

and partly frozen

2 tablespoons mint

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


20 round gow gee dumpling or wonton wrappers


1 small onion, quartered

1 red chilli, seeded and roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons dry white wine

400 g tin chopped tomatoes

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)

Place the pistachios in the TM bowl and chop for 10 seconds on speed 7. Add garlic and chop for another 5 seconds on speed 7. Add chicken, mint, lemon zest, allspice, cinnamon, Tabasco, black pepper and some salt to TM bowl. Chop and combine the chicken by hitting Turbo 4 or 5 times. It should still have some texture and not look like a paste.

Line the Varoma dish and tray with some baking paper and punch with holes. Spoon the mixture into the centre of the gow gee wrappers and bring the edges up around the filling, pleating as you go to encase the filling (leave the top open). Place the dumplings in a single layer on top and cover with the lid. Leave aside while preparing the sauce.

Place the onion, chilli and garlic in the TM bowl and chop for 10 seconds on speed 7. Add oil and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onion has softened. Add the wine, tomatoes, cinnamon and Tabasco, if using, set the TM for 20 minutes at Varoma temperature on reverse and speed 1. Place the Varoma on top and allow the dumplings to steam while the sauce is cooking.

You may need to check after about 10 minutes and move some of the dumplings from the main Varoma dish to the tray and vice versa to ensure even cooking. If the dumplings start to dry out during cooking, brush generously with water.

After the dumplings have cooked, remove the Varoma and leave aside covered to keep the dumplings warm. Open the TM lid and remove the cinnamon stick. Place the MC back in lid and slowly bring the speed up to speed 9 and blend for 40 seconds, or until smooth, then season well.

To serve, spoon the sauce onto serving plates and place the dumplings on top, or arrange the dumplings on a platter and use the sauce for dipping.

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