Stuffed dumplings “Manti”
In addition to Pelmeni and Wareniki, Russian cuisine knows another recipe for stuffed dumplings: Manti. However, this dish has no Russian roots, even if it is extremely popular in Russia.
- 500 g of flour
- 500 g of minced beef and lamb
- Bunch of coriander
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp salt
- Ground pepper
- 100 ml of cold water
- Vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp butter
Manti prove that Russian cuisine has many international influences. These stuffed dumplings are a traditional dish of the peoples of East Turkestan, Central Asia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Korea, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China.
Manti can have different fillings, but the most popular one is finely chopped meat with onions. This is packed in thinly rolled dough and cooked on steam. The steamed dumplings are very juicy and highly aromatic - they are normally eaten without cutlery.
Traditionally, the filling for Manti is made of lamb. However, this meat has a fairly peculiar flavor that not everyone appreciates. But you can use beef or mixed minced meat instead. The most important thing in this dish is actually the cooking vessel: a special pressure cooker called Mantowarka that you can buy in a Russian supermarket.