( A Chinese national starter, served with a tender soft mildly flavored cottage cheese filling delicately steamed and relished with a tantalizing dip of your choice )


  1. Filling:
    • 250 gms fresh paneer
    • 50 g water chestnuts
    • 1/2 sq. inch fresh lemon zest
    • 1 spring onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine chopped ginger
  1. Pastry:
    • 100 gms corn flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup boiling water
    • 1 teaspoon oil
    • parsley for garnishing
  1. Seasoning:
    • 1 tablespoon light soya sauce
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon synthetic vinegar
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon oil


  • Filling:
    1. Grate or finely cube the paneer / cottage cheese. Peel and dice the water chestnuts. Soak the fresh lemon zest in the hot water till soft and mince. Chop the spring onion. Put all the above ingredients with the ginger into a food processor to mince into a puree.
    2. Place all the seasoning in a bowl and stir till dissolves. Stream into the grated paneer to mix well. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Pastry:
    1. Sift the cornflour and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour in the boiling water and stir vigorously. Cover for 1 minute then add the oil to knead well.
  • To Complete:
    1. Roll the dough into a thin long cylinder. Divide into 40 equal portions. Roll each into a small thin round to put in the filling. Press in the edges to shape like a crescent shaped basket. Flatten the top with a knife then garnish with the parsley.
    2. Put in a greased steamer to cook over high heat for 5 minutes.
    3. serve piping hot with a choice of your dip – Sichuan, tomato garlic, teriyaki etc.


Aman Tandon
Regional Exec. Chef
The Pride Hotel

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