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Low FODMAP dumpling sauce

So you’ve made your gluten free dumplings or wontons, and you need something to serve with them/on them. Enter: this speedy and delicious low FODMAP dumpling sauce. It comes together in minutes and tastes so much better than it reasonably should. It perks up even the most basic of dishes, and it’s uses extend beyond dumplings, too. I love to whip up a batch to drizzle over some crispy tofu, roasted vegetables or greens and rice. It makes a great sauce for gluten free egg noodles, too. Really, the sky is the limit.

Low FODMAP dumpling sauce

This easy and delicious low FODMAP dumpling sauce is vegan, gluten free and low FODMAP. It is endlessly customisable based on your preference for spice, ingredients on hand, or other dietary requirements. The measurements I use are very simply and barely require a recipe at all (but here we are!)

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FODMAP notes

Most ingredients in this dumpling sauce are naturally low FODMAP. Provided you use a low FODMAP chilli oil and low FODMAP dumplings, ensuring this sauce is low FODMAP will be a breeze. A few pointers:

  • Soy sauce is low FODMAP in 2 tablespoon serves, but Monash doesn’t specify an upper limit.
  • Monash says that hoisin sauce is low FODMAP in 1 tablespoon serves. However, it doesn’t become moderate for fructan until it reaches 280g serves. This suggests you have plenty of wiggle room. Monash don’t specify if they tested a gluten free or regular version.
  • Peanut butter is low FODMAP in 2 tablespoon serves. In larger serves it can start to contain excess fructose.
  • I finish my dumplings with spring onion greens, which are low FODMAP.
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Adjusting the spice level on a low FODMAP diet

Some people (not me, but still) love spicy foods and can handle a lot of spice. However, most dried chilli is only low FODMAP in reasonably small serves.

Fresh chillies tend to contain fructans in moderate and high serves, while dried chillies tend to contain fructose. Because the fructose is concentrated during the drying process, dried chillies have very low FODMAP thresholds. This can make it more difficult to achieve the level of spice you are accustomed to.

So, I have found a few ways to get around this during the development of this recipe and also my low FODMAP chilli crisp recipe. Without further ado:

  • Add plenty of fresh finely grated ginger. Ginger has a fieriness to it that can help replicate spice, particularly when paired with some spice.
  • Use more fresh chillies and less dried chillies. Red chillies are low FODMAP in a whole medium chilli (28) per serve. You can add a whole red chilli to your own plate, which will hopefully give you a bit more bang for your buck.
  • Layer chillies. My understanding is that you can have red chilli (whose predominant FODMAP is fructan) with dried chilli flakes (whose predominant FODMAP is fructose, depending on varietal) together. This is provided the other elements of the dish are naturally low FODMAP.
  • Use chilli flakes or a hot variety of chilli powder instead of a milder variety like Korean red chilli powder or Kashmiri chilli. The former are spicier varieties that actually have a lower FODMAP threshold (not by much, but still!). You can add some smoked paprika to try and mimic the vibrant red colour.
  • Add plenty of pepper. Black and white pepper add spiciness in large serves. Monash doesn’t list an upper quantity for a low FODMAP serve of pepper.
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Ingredient notes

You can play around with the ingredients as you see fit here. Those listed in the recipe card are what I use, but feel free to experiment.

  • You can find my low FODMAP chilli crisp recipe here. If you don’t want to make chilli crisp, simply whip up a quick chilli oil with hot oil and chilli flakes. I like to use red Korean chilli flakes for their lovely colour and mild spice.
  • Tamari, gluten free soy sauce (dark or light) or even regular soy sauce all work here. Add to taste according to your preference for salt.
  • I use hoisin in some batches of this sauce – it just depends what I have on hand. Changs makes gluten free hoisin sauce in Australia.
  • Black rice vinegar has a beautiful almost balsamic like flavour. It’s easily available at Asian grocers (and some supermarkets these days). If you can’t find it, simply use white rice vinegar to taste.
  • Peanut butter is optional and can be substituted. I love the creamy deliciousness it adds, but you can also use tahini. It is not quite Chinese sesame paste, but it makes a great stand in.
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A brightly lit aerial image of gluten free wontons in a peanut butter sauce on a bright blue ceramic plate. The plate sits on a white marble table in contrasting sunlight.

Low FODMAP dumpling sauce

Serves 1-2
This recipe uses Australian tablespoons which are 20ml. For US, Canadian and NZ users, use 4 teaspoons to equal 20ml. For British users, use 3 1/4 teaspoons or just heaped tablespoons.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Dips, Dressing
Cuisine Food Intolerance Friendly
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 20 ml (1 tablespoon)* Tamari, gluten free soy sauce or hoisin sauce
  • 20 ml (1 tablespoon)* low FODMAP chilli oil or chilli crisp (see notes)
  • 20 ml (1 tablespoon)* toasted sesame oil
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon)* black rice vinegar to taste, see notes
  • 1 tablespoon* peanut butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons white or light brown sugar to taste
  • Freshly grated ginger to taste
  • Extra chilli powder or fresh chilli if you like it spicy, to taste (see body of post for FODMAP notes)

Instructions
 

  • Whisk ingredients together in a medium bowl and adjust according to your tastes.
  • Serve alongside dumplings or wontons or spoon over the top to cover them in sauce.

Notes

  • How many this serves depends on how many dumplings you can eat and whether you prefer to dip your dumplings or slather them in sauce. This batch makes enough to coat around 8 wontons or dumplings. 
  • There is a recipe for low FODMAP chilli oil in my cookbook, Intolerance Friendly Kitchen. I am in the process of writing up a low FODMAP chilli cris recipe.
  • If you use hoisin sauce, you might need to add less sugar and a bit more vinegar. Always taste the sauce and make sure the balance is right. 
  • See body of post for FODMAP notes. 
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