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Mantu recipe, a charming and attractive Afghan beef dumpling

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Afghan people cook many delicious dishes, and Afghan dish is famous around the world. Mantu is one of these dishes. Mantu is one of the most popular dishes in Afghanistan and Central Asia. This food is in the form of small meat dumplings cooked in water or steamed and served to help maintain many of its nutrients. Mantu is filled with different ingredients and served with yogurt sauce sauces. Afghan people prepare this delicate dish in gatherings and ceremonies as an appetizer.


If you are not a fan of meat, we have another Afghan dumpling recipe in Cookery Magazine that is cooked without meat: Ashak recipe.  We have prepared instructions for making this delicious, mouthwatering Afghan dumpling. Do not hesitate to make it right now!

Ingredients for dough

Flour375 gram
Salt1 tsp
Olive oil2 Tbsp
Water1 cup
Butter1 Tbsp

Ingredients for filling

minced meat500 gram
olive oil3 Tbsp
salt1 tsp
black pepper1 tsp
cilantro seeds1 tsp

Ingredients for Mantu sauce

Garlic2 cloves
Cooked yellow split pea1 cup
Salt1/2 tsp
Ground cilantro seeds1/2 tsp
yogurt5 Tbsp
tomato paste3 Tbsp

How to make Mantu

Step 1- preparing dough

Crack an egg In a suitable bowl and mix with a mixer. Add some water to the egg and mix again. Add flour, oil, and salt. Mix the ingredients, then start kneading the dough with our hands. If the dough is dry and there is flour on the surface of the dough, add some water and knead it. Then cover the dough with cellophane to rest for 30 minutes. We must cover the dough container with a clean kitchen towel.

Step2- preparing to fill

First, chop the onions and fry them in a frying pan until they become soft and golden, then add minced meat, and fry the meat for 6-7 minutes. At the same time, add salt, black pepper, and coriander seeds and mix the ingredients.

Step 3- Preparing the Mantu

After resting for half an hour, remove the dough from the bowl and place it on the work table. Divide the dough into two parts. Take one of them and spread it with your hands. When rolling out the dough, sprinkle flour on it to make it easier to thin the dough.

Continue spreading the dough until you have a big circle of dough, then divide the dough into small circles. The thickness of the mento paste should be very small so that the color of the ingredients inside can be seen.

When the cutting of the dough is finished, place the ingredients in the center of each dough and close the dough by gluing its edges together.

Afghan beef dumpling

If you don’t have a pot for cooking Mantu, you can boil or steam the dough, but be careful not to open the dough. Before steaming the dough,  pour a little oil into the container, dip it in liquid oil, and place it in the container we want to steam. Steam the dough for 20 minutes.

Preparing the  Mantu sauce

First, pour some oil into a pan, then add grated garlic, yellow split pea, salt, coriander seeds, and turmeric and mix the ingredients and fry them, then Add the paste to the ingredients and stir them. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes. Combine yogurt, salt, and two grated garlic cloves in another container.

Serving the Mantu

First, pour the yogurt and garlic mixture at the bottom of a platter or a suitable container and spread it all over the platter. Place the Mantu on it, add the seasoning we made with yellow split peas on the Mantu, and then garnish it with fresh cilantro. Don’t hesitate to make it for the nearest available meal today.

Serving the Mantu
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