Gluten-free vegan dumplings | Lemon ‘paneer’ parcels

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Author Notes: I’ve tried making gluten-free vegan dumplings many times before but they never really did it for me, especially after the long prep. One day I realised my mistake, I had been over-complicating the entire process, there was no need to make dumpling dough from scratch. The solution was right under my nose in the form of rice paper wrappers.

I spent about three months working on this recipe mentally – I wanted to keep it simple so each ingredient would shine. When it came down to trialling this one IRL, it worked first go, I didn’t want to change a thing.

This dish might be a little daring and unusual but promise me you’ll give it a go. It’s crazy addictive. The strong lemon flavour is balanced out by the nutritional yeast and accompanying slaw. You’ll definitely be wanting more.
Alannah | Kale Mary


Serves 4

  • 1 packet organic, non-GMO tofu, cut into rectangles
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup water, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Small rice paper rounds, as many as you have tofu slices
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan 'fish' sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 green cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/4 red cabbage, finely chopped
  1. Mix nutritional yeast, garlic powder, juice of 1 lemon, water and salt in a shallow bowl. Add tofu and ensure it is smothered in the ingredients. Put in the fridge to marinate until you’re ready for it (the longer, the better).
  2. Pop the marinated tofu pieces on a lined baking dish and bake at 180 degrees C for 10-15 minutes.
  3. While the tofu is marinating, add the rice wine vinegar, vegan fish sauce, coconut sugar, sesame oil and juice of half a lemon to a bowl and whisk until combined. Then add green and red cabbage and toss until evenly coated in the dressing.
  4. Let your tofu cool slightly and set up your wrapping station, pop a damp tea towel on your bench and fill a shallow dish with room temperature water. Put the rice paper round in this dish for a 5 seconds then lay it out on the damp tea towel. Lay a piece of the baked tofu in the middle of the round and fold the rice paper around it. Repeat with remaining pieces of tofu and rounds.
  5. Steam the parcels for 5 minutes. Delicately remove them and serve atop the dressed cabbage.

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