Vegetable Stew with Herb Dumplings

Winter Vegetable Stew with Herb Dumplings

Jacqui Farbrace
Total Time 1 hour 29 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 4


  • 2 Parsnips
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 Swede
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1-2 ltrs vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • A little oil
  • 2 tblspn Gravy thickning

For the Dumplings

  • 250 g plain Flour
  • 100 g Shredded suet You can get vegetarian suet
  • 2 tblspn mixed herbs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Some cold water


  • 2 leeks
  • Tin of butter beans
  • Tin of Chick Peas


  • Peel & cut all the vegetables. Cut to quite a small size (about folded finger size)
  • Heat a little oil in a large saucepan or cooking pot
  • Add the onion and fry gently for about 1min, then add all the other vegetables a bit at a time coating in the oil as you do so.
  • Add the herbs, Salt & Pepper and stir in well
  • Add the vegetable stock so it covers all the vegetables and stir in. You may have some left over. Pop a lid on the pot.
  • Bring to the boil then turn down to a simmer for about 45mins or until all the vegetables are almost cooked. Add more Stock or water if required during cooking.
  • When almost cooked, stir in some gravy thicking. This can be gravy granules or some Cornflour (mix the cornflour with a little water and mix to a paste first, then add to the stew).
  • Add the dumplings and recover and cook until the dumplings have risen.

To make the Dumplings

  • In a bowl mix the flour, suet, herbs and salt together
  • Add some cold water 1 tblspn at a time mixing well. if you can use your hands as it binds better. You need a soft (not wet) pliable dough. If you add too much water and it becomes sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Divide into 4-6 balls


If you don’t want the herbs in the dumplings, thats fine, just leave them out.
If you like a thick stew, just add some extra gravy thickening
Got some stew liquid left on your plate? Place a slice of bread on the plate and let the liquid soak in, turn the bread over and soak that side, enjoy.