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Pelmeni (Russian Dumplings)

 

Pelmeni is a Russian national dish (Siberian cuisine), a type of dumpling consisting of a filling that is wrapped in thin unleavened dough.The word pelmeni is derived from pel'nyan' (пельнянь) – literally "ear bread" in the native Finno-Ugric Komi and Mansi languages.

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It is unclear when pelmeni entered the cuisines of indigenous Siberian people and when they first appeared in Russian cuisine. One theory suggests that pelmeni, or stuffed boiled dumplings in general, originated in China and were carried by the Mongols to Siberia and the Urals, from where they gradually spread as far as Eastern Europe.

Pelmeni were particularly favored by hunters, who were looking for light, easy-to-prepare, nourishing food to take with them frozen on long hunting trips in the winter.

Dough:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stuffing:
Flour 3 cups
Water 1 cup
Egg 1
Salt 1 tsp
 
Beef ground 200 g
Pork ground 200 g
Onion 1
Garlic 2 cloves
Water 75 g
Parsley 50 g
Salt, black pepper to taste

First make the dough and leave it to rest for 30 minutes:

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For the filling, mix meat, finely chopped onion, garlic, parsley, salt, and ground blackpepper together andadd  water to make the filling juicy:

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Roll dough out very thin and cut into 2.5"circles. Put a small ball of stuffing (about 1/2 teaspoon) into each circle:
 

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Thenpinch the edgesmaking little half-moons:

 
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Pinch the corners of each half-moon together:

 
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Carefully lower the pelmeny into boiling salted water optionally flavored with a couple of chicken bouillon cubes and cook for 5-6minutes:

     
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