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Turkish Treasure Manti: Savory Dumplings in a Delicate Yogurt Mint Sauce


About the Dish:

Manti is a traditional Turkish dumpling dish that is usually served with yogurt and garlic tomato sauce. The dumplings are typically filled with ground lamb or beef, onions, and spices. Manti is a popular dish in Turkish and Central Asian cuisine, and it is often enjoyed as a main course or as part of a special occasion feast. The dish is known for its small size and delicate texture, making it perfect for a satisfying and flavorful bite. Whether you’re a fan of Turkish cuisine or simply looking to try something new, making manti at home is a great way to explore the rich flavors of this regional specialty.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 800mg
Total Carbohydrates 35g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 20g


Ingredient Quantity
Ground lamb or beef 500g
Onion, finely chopped 1
Garlic cloves, minced 3
Ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
All-purpose flour 500g
Egg 1
Water 1/4 cup
Yogurt 1 cup
Tomato sauce 1/2 cup
Butter 2 tablespoons
Garlic, minced 2 cloves

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the ground lamb or beef, finely chopped onion, minced garlic cloves, ground black pepper, and salt. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  • Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, egg, and water to form a smooth dough. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes elastic and easy to work with.
  • Step 3: Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Cut the dough into small squares, about 1 inch by 1 inch.
  • Step 4: Place a small amount of the meat mixture in the center of each dough square. Fold the square in half to form a triangle and pinch the edges to seal the dumpling.
  • Step 5: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the dumplings to the boiling water and cook for about 10-12 minutes, until the dumplings are cooked through and tender.
  • Step 6: In a separate saucepan, melt the butter. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Step 7: Serve the manti hot, drizzled with the garlic butter and a dollop of yogurt on top. You can also serve the manti with a side of tomato sauce for dipping.

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