These adorable dumplings are made with pumpkin and chestnut flour for a unique, nutty dish. The strong flavor of the leeks are balanced with the rich, mellowness of the sage. This makes for a wonderful and impressive dinner party meal.

Pumpkin Dumplings With Leek Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



To Make the Dumplings:

  • 375 g of pumpkin
  • 6 tablespoons of chestnut flour
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated organic lemon peel
  • Ginger juice to taste
  • Breadcrumbs to taste
  • Whole sea salt to taste

To Make the Sauce: 

  • 5 leaves of fresh sage
  • 1 leek (including the green part)
  • 1 tablespoon delicate extra virgin olive oil
  • Soy milk as needed
  • Acidified umeboshi as needed
  • White pepper to taste
  • Whole sea salt to taste

To Make the Broth:

  • 1-liter water
  • 1 dried shiitake mushroom
  • 1 piece of wakame seaweed of about 1-inch
  • 1 piece of ginger about 1 1/2-inches
  • Whole sea salt to taste


  1. Remove peel, seeds, and filaments from the pumpkin, cut into small, regular chunks.
  2. Then let it stew with lid on a gentle heat with a pinch of salt, the oil, and the sprig of thyme until it becomes tender. When cooked, crush it with a fork until it is pureed and let it cool. 
  3. Add the lemon peel and ginger juice to taste.
  4. Stir in a bowl the pumpkin puree with chestnut flour, starch, and breadcrumbs enough to get a fairly firm mixture that does not stick to your hands. 
  5. Form round balls all equal in size (to be more precise you can use an ice cream scoop).
  6. Heat a thick-bottomed pot, add the oil and the leek cut into fine julienne and the sage leaves. Add a pinch of salt and cover with soy milk. Cook over low heat until the leeks become transparent.
  7. Put the leeks in an immersion mixer or blender and blend with umeboshi acidulated, adding as much soy milk as necessary to obtain a soft cream.
  8. Dip the dumplings in the boiling dashi and cook them until they come to the surface.
  9. Serve placing the dumplings on the leaves, on top of some of the green part of the leek.  Drop drops of leek sauce on the bottom of the plate. Decorated with sage leaves, borage flowers, and nasturtium.