Sweet strawberry dumplings is a classic Russian summer recipe. Russian cuisine is still very seasonal, so people are used to changing their menu based on the season. And what is the better way to celebrate the abundance of fresh strawberries than with sweet strawberry dumplings? They are naturally vegan, and I made them gluten-free, and they are delicious!
There are so many different types of dumplings all over the world. I love trying new varieties when I’m visiting another country for research purposes of course;) And since dumplings indeed hold a very dear place in the heart of every Russian, it is hard to say no. In Russia itself there are so many different types of dumplings. First, of course we have to mention traditional pelmeni. It is a savoury dumpling filled with mice meat then boiled with spices and served typically with mayo and ketchup.
The second type of dumplings is called vareniki. They are always vegetarian and sometimes naturally vegan. Of course, the filling can be either sweet or savoury. My personal favourite was always sweet dumplings. They are usually filled with berries and served with sour cream and a drizzle of honey. Alternatively, you can make them with potatoes, for example with cheese which is also really delicious.
But don’t take my word for how delicious they are. Try them for yourself!
Let me show you how easy is to make sweet strawberry dumplings or strawberry vareniki however you want to call them.
How to make the dough for vegan strawberry dumplings
First, you need to make simple dough. Typically egg is used to bind everything, but it can be easily omitted. I decided to make them gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend. And for this reason, I added psyllium husk powder which made the dough more elastic. This is optional, and you can use wheat or spelt flour if you prefer.
The filling for vegan strawberry vareniki
Secondly, we need to prepare the filling. And this honestly can’t be simpler. All you need to do is to finely cut strawberries and optionally sprinkle them with sugar. Personally, for me, when strawberries are in season, the natural sweetness coming from berries is enough. But indeed you can decide for yourself. If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend adding your favourite powdered sweetener to the strawberry filling.
As soon as you will cut the strawberries you will see them starting to release the juice. When you will start filling your strawberry vareniki pay attention to get as little juice as possible. Otherwise, the dumpling will be much more difficult to close and the dough quickly can become soggy.
I love to serve my strawberry dumplings with cashew sour cream and a drizzle of agave syrup. Just like in my childhood if not better!
This dish is loved by everyone who ever tried it so I truly hope that you are going to enjoy it as well!
Gluten-free vegan sweet strawberry dumplings/Russian strawberry vareniki Recipe
- 100 gr of gf flour or regular
- 75 gr of water
- Pinch of salt and sugar
- 1 tsp of psyllium husk powder optional. It helps to make the dough more elastic
- For the filling
- 100 gr of fresh strawberries
- 1-2 tbsp of sugar optional
- Mix all the ingredients for the dough(it shouldn’t be too sticky. If it is add a bit more flour. If feels too dry add 1 tbsp of water)
- Knead it until it becomes elastic. Putting a little bit of oil on your hands helps the dough from sticking.
- Let it rest while you cut your strawberries.
- Sprinkle them with sugar and set aside.
- Flour the surface and roll the dough out so it’s fairy thin(about 3 mm)
- Drain the strawberry juice if there is any at the bottom of the bowl with chopped strawberries(this will make it easier to form the dumplings)
- Cut the circle and place the spoonful of feeling in the middle of the circle
- Pinch the sides together to secure
- Repeat with the rest
- Bring the pot with the salted water to rolling boil and one by one drop the dumplings in the pot
- Don’t overcrowd as they can stick together
- Give it a swirl and allow them to cook for a few minutes
- I like to give them another swirl after a minute or so to make sure that they are cooking evenly
- When they will start to float they are ready 💫
- I served them with cashew cream and a drizzle of vegan honey