Dumplings recipe

Light fluffy suet free dumpling mix—perfect comfort food for stews

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Allergy Information

Wheat-Free no
Gluten-Free no
Nut-Free no
Dairy-Free no
Sugar-Free no
Vegetarian no
Vegan no
  • Preparation time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Total time: 25 mins
  • Yield: serves 4

I love dumplings! They remind me of winter dinners when I was a child, and my Auntie Peggy who made the best dumplings you can imagine—though she did use suet in hers. Sadly my mother made the opposite, the heaviest dumplings that sat like a rock in your stomach, or could probably smash a window. This recipe is loosely based on my Auntie's version—without the suet. If you like suet dumplings then checkout my suet based dumpling recipe.

Add these dumplings to a hotpot made with a few store cupboard ingredients and a few fresh veggies and you have a quick warming dinner.

This dumpling recipe is more of a cobbler style topping than traditional rounded dumplings; it spreads over the entire pot of stew, but still rises beautifully into a light fluffy dumpling topping.

Ingredients (Measures: Metric | US)

120g [34 cup] brown rice flour
140g [1 cup] fine corn flour/meal
2 tbsp [2 tbsp] low fat natural yogurt (unflavoured & unsweetened)
1 tsp [1 tsp] dried mixed herbs (optional)
1 tbsp [1 tbsp] baking powder
freshly ground black pepper
pinch of salt
250ml [1 cup] milk or non-dairy unflavoured unsweetened alternative to mix (your choice, but avoid nut milks if nut-free required)
stew or hotpot of choice


  1. In a bowl mix the rice flour, corn flour, yogurt, optional herbs, baking powder, and seasoning; dry mix to combine ingredients.
  2. Add the milk and mix until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated.
  3. Gently drop spoonfuls of mixture onto the top of the stew or hotpot the dumplings are being cooked with.
  4. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes—do not open the lid; the dumplings will rise to a light puffy covering over the stew.
  5. Serve with a portion of stew for the perfect winter comfort food.
These dumplings also keep well in the fridge if there are any leftovers—and who doesn't love leftovers. I recommend that you separate the dumplings from the leftover stew and store them in the fridge in a different container. When you want to eat the leftovers simply reheat the dumplings in a microwave and served with reheated stew.