Mantu (Afghan Dumplings)
You're probably familiar with Italian mezzelunes, Chinese dumplings (Jiaozi) or Ukrainian Varenyky, but did you know that Afghanistan also has an authentic recipe for dumplings? Maryam gave us the recipe for these beautiful dumpling roses, called 'mantoe'. Mantoe means 'dumpling' in old Persian. The mantoe is a type of dumpling filled with seasoned minced meat, which is served with a special tomato sauce and a topping of garlic yogurt. Sounds delicious, doesn't it? It has traditionally been served on special occasions such as weddings and holidays. The combination of savory flavor and unique texture makes this recipe truly unique and definitely worth trying.
Recipe from: Chefmaryam.nl
Step 1: Prepare the dough
Mix the flour, salt, and turmeric in a bowl.
Gradually add water and knead the dough until it is soft and has a uniform color.
Let it rest for an hour at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap.
Step 2: Make the filling
Brown the ground beef.
Add the onion and green chili pepper and let it cool.
Step 3: Make the dough roses
Sprinkle a clean work surface with flour and divide the dough into three pieces.
Roll out each piece into a long strip and flatten it with a rolling pin (1/2 centimeter). Cut in half. You now have six strips.
Divide the beef mixture with a spoon over the center of each strip. Fold and roll up the strip, forming a rose.
Bring water to a boil in a steamer pot and grease it. Sprinkle the roses with oil and place them in the steamer basket. Steam for about 30 minutes with the lid on the pot.
Step 4: Prepare the sauce and topping
Fry the onions until golden brown in oil.
Add chili flakes, salt, paprika powder, tomato paste, and garlic and stir well for two minutes.
Add the tomatoes and cook for a minute.
Add the water and split peas and mix well. Let it simmer for twenty minutes on low heat; the sauce is ready when the oil appears on the surface.
Mix yogurt, salt, and garlic in a small bowl.
Step 5: Serve the Mantu
Spread the yogurt topping over a large plate and place the roses on it. Divide the tomato sauce between the roses.
Garnish with mint and cilantro leaves and serve.
نوش جان ('Enjoy your meal!')
Maryam told us more about the important traditions in the Afghan food culture. Click here to read more about this.
For the dough
100 ml water
200 g flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric
For the filling
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green chili pepper
200 g ground beef
For the sauce
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tomato, diced
50 ml sunflower oil
1 tsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp chili flakes
3 tbsp yellow split peas
1 tsp paprika powder
1/2 tsp salt
125 ml water
For the yogurt topping
8 tbsp yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pinch of salt
Dried mint and a few fresh coriander leaves
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