World Food Challenge

Day 145: Russia and Pelmeni

Привет, Raffies!

Today we are going to Russia and we are going to enjoy Pelmeni, because ever since I tried them for the first time, I crave for them.
These traditional dumplings are a big favourite all over Russia. You can have them for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack. Most of the time, they are served with sour cream or in broth. However, ketchup and vinegar are also quite common.

The recipe is simple, it just takes a good deal of patience to shape and fold all your dumplings.

1/3 c buttermilk
1 tsp sour cream
1 egg
1 c warm water
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 c flour
flour to work the dough

for the filling:
250 g ground turkey
250 g ground pork
1 onion, finely chopped
pepper
salt
chili powder

Melted butter and sour cream for serving

Start by making the dough. Mix together the buttermilk, the sour cream, the warm water, the egg and the salt until well blended in. Add the flour gradually until the dough is not sticky anymore. When the dough is well mixed – this might take some time.
Move the dough to a well floured surface. And start making the filling.
Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry the onion and garlic until golden and soft. Now add the pork, turkey, salt, pepper and chili powder and mix well with the heat turned off.
Now you can make small pelmeni, with a size of 1-2 cm diametre, or you can make bigger balls and roll them thinly out to a size of a palm. Place a bit of the filling into the middle and fold in half and fold to a shape of a diaper. Now you can either freeze them and cook them later or proceed.
Bring enough salty water to a boil and boil the pelmeni a few at the time, otherwise they might stick together. Wait until they come to the surface and then boil for another 3 minutes.
Drain and serve either with broth, sour cream, melted butter, ketchup or vinegar. Pick your favourite!

Love,

Raffi

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