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Jackfruit Hotpot with Dumplings

This is a good way to gets lots of healthy veggies into one dish. The dumplings are easy to make and turn this into a really filling dish, but you could make it without them if you prefer and simply serve the hotpot with some crusty bread. 
Course: Dinner
Keyword: jackfruit hot pot, vegan hot pot, vegan meals
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunky pieces
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunky pieces
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • a handful of fresh thyme stalks, leaves only, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 pints hot vegetable stock
  • 7 ounces vacuum-packed jackfruit pieces
  • salt and ground black pepper

For the dumplings:

  • 9 ounces self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 4 1/2 ounces vegan hard margarine, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 1/4 pint water


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof casserole dish, add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, until the onion is soft. Add the celery and carrots and cook for 4–5 minutes, then stir in the sweet potatoes and turn so everything is combined. 
  • Add the tomato paste, thyme, tamari and peanut butter and stir again. Pour in the stock and bring it to the boil, put the lid on and put it in the oven for 1 hour. Keep an eye on it to check that it isn’t drying out at all – add a splash of boiling water if necessary. Add the jackfruit for the last 15 minutes, stirring it in so it is covered with the stock.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the dumplings. Put the flour, herbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl, and using your fingertips, rub the margarine into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Slowly stir in the water until it comes together as a dough.
  • Pull out walnut-sized balls. You should be able to make about 12 dumplings, depending on how big they are.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and arrange the dumplings on top, pushing them slightly under the stock. Put the lid on and return the pan to the oven for another 15–20 minutes, until the dumplings are puffed up and golden. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


Variation: If you want to make cheesy dumplings, stir 115g/4oz grated vegan Cheddar-style cheese into the dumpling mix before adding the water.
Vegan KidsExcerpted from Vegan Kids © 2021 by Heather Whinney. Published by Lorenz Books.