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Turkish (Manti) Dumplings

Are you ready for a delicious adventure in dumpling-making? Let’s get started!

Get ready for a delicious burst of flavors in your mouth!

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  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup lukewarm water
  • 200 g ground beef 90% lean
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • ¼ bunch parsley chopped finely
  • ½ tsp salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tsp pepper paste
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic mashed
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes or chili sweet or hot
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 4 cups water to boil dumplings


  • First, let’s make the dough – it’s super easy! Combine flour, eggs, salt, and water until everything comes together. Knead the dough well for 5-10 minutes until it’s not too soft. If you want it softer, just add a little extra water or flour until you get the perfect texture. Cover it with a damp kitchen towel and let it rest for 30 minutes to relax.
  • While the dough is resting, it’s time to prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, combine ground meat, finely chopped onions, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix it well, and set it aside.
  • When the dough has rested, sift a little flour onto your work surface, grab the dough ball and roll it out into a thin sheet, about 2mm thick. Cut the sheet into small squares, and place about 1/2 teaspoon of filling on each square. Now, patiently fold the tiny square into two and seal all the opposite corners of the dough in the center. Place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Now, it’s time to cook those dumplings! Heat 4 cups of water in a pot, add in a pinch of salt and a drop of oil. Bring it to boil, and then add in the dumplings. Let them simmer until they are tender, for about 10-12 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them into bowls.
  • For the yogurt sauce, mix yogurt, salt, and garlic. For the butter and oil sauce, melt butter and add in olive oil. Add in dried mint and red pepper flakes or paprika, stir. Take it off the heat after about 20 seconds.
  • To serve, pour some yogurt sauce on the dumplings, and drizzle a little oil sauce over it before serving.