My Mom’s Indian Dumpling Recipe

Jan 22, 2021

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Hello friends! 

I am so excited to be back with my Our Place Always Pan and another recipe courtesy of my mother. One of my goals for 2021 is to share more amazing recipes from our family, at least what she will let me 😉 Today’s is a pretty easy one to tackle at home and would make for a really fun date night activity! 

If you didn’t catch my last post with Our Place or haven’t heard of the brand before I thought I would share some information that originally drew me in. I purchased my first Always Pan almost 8 months ago after coming across an Instagram Ad. I still use the pan every day, multiple times a day, and now own a second and have also bought one for my mom!

Biggest draw: the Always Pan is Non Toxic. The coating is free of Teflon, PFAS, PFOAS, PTFEs, lead, cadmium and toxic metals. It doesn’t stick. I’ve searched for Non Toxic pans before and even tested a few out but could never make the switch because everything stuck to them! I watched videos of people cleaning the pan and was sold. I also love the depth of the pan; I can use it for anything from pancakes to curry without a hassle. This new ‘Heat’ Always Pan is currently being sold as a as a limited edition bundle set that comes with a bamboo steamer and cooking chopsticks for $175.

With this new release, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my mom’s dumpling recipe. I know you may not typically associate Dumplings and India but we refer to them as Mutlis and they are popular in Eastern India, China, Tibet, Nepal and other parts of South Asia. The dumplings can be made in different shapes and the filling could be any type of ground meat and/or vegetables. My mom is originally from Mangalore and they always made Mutlis to serve alone and several variations to drop into curry!

Chutneys are really pretty easy to make at home and I will try to share a few recipes in the next month or so but remember you can always grab these ready made at any Indian grocery store. Locally, I shop at Patel Brothers but your area should have something similar! 



Since I purchased my first Always pan almost 8 months ago I have slowly but surely gotten rid of most of my other pans. Since it can not be placed in the oven  I held on to my cast iron skillet and one larger pot for boiling. Aside from that, it has eliminated my need for anything else which is amazing. 

I have both the metal and bamboo steamer and probably use the bamboo more often! It comes with liners as well as a set of chopsticks to cook with. It’s nice to use for everything from rice to dumplings, tamales, and fish. It cooks well and the smell is an added bonus! 

Do make note that the Always Pan can not be placed in the oven or dishwasher. I recommend never using too high of heat (like all pans) and allow it to cool before rinsing. I generally just need a bit of soapy water and a soft sponge to get it clean. So far, my oldest pan is still in great condition and just as non-stick as it was when it arrived.

Alright, let’s get to cooking:



Ingredients for the wrapper:

2 cups All Purpose Flour

Pinch of Salt

Water as need


Instructions for wrapper:

Mix flour and salt in a bowl

Knead dough while adding water little by little as needed

Roll out the dough on a floured surface till a thin chapati thickness

Use a cookie cutter (I just use the top of a measuring cup) to cut out circles



Ingredients for the filling:

1 tbsp Canola Oil

1 lb Ground Beef

1 Medium Onion, chopped

4 Chilis, chopped

1 cup Cilantro

1/2 tsp Stew Powder (the Mangalorean stew powder I have is from India so if you can’t find it in your local store you can combine 1 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/2 fine ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp turmeric and a pinch of garam masala)

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 cup Green Peas

2 tsp Lemon Juice




Add oil to pan and heat on medium. Once hot, add onion and chili and cook till translucent (about 10 minutes)

Then add beef and cook through. Once cooked, add stew powder and salt, mix well.

Once mixed, add green peas and lemon juice and cook on low for 10 minutes. 


Directions for Assembly and Steaming: 

Add around a tsp of mixture to center of dough and use water or oil on your fingers to wrap the dough any way you like! I usually just fold to the top. 

Heat water in Our Place Always Pan until boiling, add liner to Our Place Bamboo Steamer and then add dumplings. 

Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes till done. 



I had so much fun making these in the kitchen with my mom and the kids and would love to see if you try them out so make sure to tag me on Instagram




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