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Turkish Manti Recipe

Meal Type :  Main
Cuisine ​: Middle Eastern

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PREP TIME

00:45

COOKING TIME

00:10

Ingredients

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For the Dough: 2 cups all-purpose flour
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1/2 teaspoon salt
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1 large egg
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Water, as needed
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For the Filling: 250g ground lamb or beef
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1 small onion, finely chopped
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1 clove garlic, minced
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1/2 teaspoon salt
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1/2 teaspoon black pepper
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1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
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1/2 teaspoon cumin (optional)
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For Serving: 1 cup plain yogurt
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2 cloves garlic, crushed
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2 tablespoons butter
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1/2 teaspoon paprika
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Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
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Turkish chili flakes (pul biber), for garnish (optional)

Method

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Prepare the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the egg. Gradually add water, a little at a time, mixing until a firm dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
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Make the Filling: In a bowl, mix together the ground meat, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin (if using) until well combined. Set aside.
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Form the Manti: Roll out the rested dough thinly on a floured surface. Cut into small squares, about 3 cm (1 inch) in size. Place a small amount of filling (about 1/2 teaspoon) in the center of each square. Fold the dough over the filling to form a triangle or rectangle shape, pressing the edges firmly to seal.
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Cook the Manti: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the manti in batches and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until they float to the surface and are cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well.
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Prepare the Yogurt Sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the plain yogurt and crushed garlic until smooth.
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Make the Butter Sauce: In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the paprika and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant. Remove from heat.
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Serve the Manti: Arrange the cooked manti on serving plates. Spoon the garlic yogurt sauce over the manti. Drizzle the garlic-infused butter sauce over the yogurt. Garnish with chopped parsley and Turkish chili flakes (if using).
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Enjoy: Serve immediately while warm. Turkish Manti is traditionally enjoyed with a sprinkle of sumac or more chili flakes on top, and often accompanied by a side salad.

SERVES HOW MANY

This recipe typically serves 4-6 people as a main dish.

YIELD

Makes approximately 50-60 pieces of manti, depending on the size of the squares cut from the dough.

Chef's note

Notes:

  • Variations: Manti can also be made with a yogurt-tomato sauce or served with a tomato-based sauce instead of yogurt and butter.
  • Storage: Manti can be frozen after shaping but before boiling. Freeze on a baking sheet until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag. Cook from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the boiling time.

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