Manti ( Persian Dumpling)

Manti or mantu is a kind of dumpling that is popular in many countries such as Iran, Turkey, China, Armenia, Poland, Russia..
It’s made with dough and fill with combination of ground meat and spices or cheese or herbs and vegetables.
Manti (mantu) is a popular dish between Turkmen people who are living in East coast of Caspian Sea in Iran.

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Ingredients
2 cups plain flour
1 cup water
1 egg
200g ground beef
1 onion, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
100 g shredded cheddar cheese

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Ingredients for  tomato sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried mint
Salt and pepper

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Ingredients for yogurt sauce
½ cup plain yogurt
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and chilli flakes
How to make it
In a large bowl with flour, add salt. Combine the beaten egg with water and pour over the flour. Using your hand, mix the flour for few minutes. Then add olive oil and knead the dough for 5 minutes.
This dough for making dumpling should be hard. Place it in a bowl, cover it with towel and leave to rest in the fridge for 1 hour.

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Meanwhile, make the filling. Combine grated onion with ground meat. Season with salt and pepper.

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Also make two sauces: the garlic yogurt sauce : in a bowl beat the plain yogurt with grated garlic, olive oil, salt and chilli flakes. Set aside.

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For tomato sauce, heat the oil in a pan. Add tomato paste , dried mint, salt and pepper. Mix together and simmer for 2 minutes.

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Now, dough is ready. Cut the dough into 4 pieces. Working one piece of dough at a time.

On a floured surface, roll the dough as thinly as you can. Using a cutter, cut the dough into small squares as you see in the photo.

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Place a little bit of the filling ( meat or cheese) into the middle of the each square shape dough.

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And pinch the opposite corner to seal it firmly.

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Repeat with the rest of the dough that would be lots .
Bring the salted water in a pot to a boil. Gently place 5-6 of dumpling in a time in the boiling water and cook for 10 minutes and until dumplings come to the surface of the boiling water.

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Take them out of the pot and let the manti cool. You can freeze some portion of this boiled manti.
Place the manti in a plate, pour some yogurt sauce over it and then drizzle tomato sauce over the yogurt sauce. It is just heavenly tasty.

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