Manti – Samosa filled with Beef and Yoghurt

Name, Surname
Anonymous; 37, from Turkey

Personal story
With minor differences this dish is cooked everywhere in Turkey. In Kayseri, you do your manti sometimes so small, that 40 pieces of it fit in a tablespoon. If so this can determine whether a young woman is ready for marriage.

Difficulty Level
Difficulty Level III

How much does it take to prepare it? 60 min.
How much does it take to cook it? 20 min.

Cooking utensils What are the necessary tools for cooking the dish?
Turkish rolling pin (smaller diameter), saucepan, pan, knife, large bowl, sieve.

People For how many people?
4 persons.

Ingredients List of ingredients with quantity.
For the dough: 375g flour, 1 egg, 200ml water, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt.
For the filling: 1 onion grated, 250g minced beef (or lamb), 1⁄2 bunch parsley, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of paprika.
For the tomato sauce: 2 Tablespoons tomato paste, 50gr of butter, 1 teaspoon of paprika.

For the yogurt sauce: 4 cloves of garlic, 500g yogurt, 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt.

For the dough: Mix the flour with the egg and a little water and knead very well until stiff dough is formed. Halve the dough and place it in a bowl, cover with a cloth or lid and let rest for 30 minutes.
For the filling: Mix grated onion well with the minced beef, parsley salt, pepper and 3 tablespoon of the paprika powder. Roll out the dough about 2mm thick and cut in to 3 cm squares. Put some filling on the square and diagonally fold and then firmly press the edges with your fingers. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the manti for about 5-7 minutes. Rinse the parcels in a sieve or colander and place on a plate.
For the tomato sauce: In a pan melt the butter , add the tomato puree and the paprika and fry.
For the yogurt sauce: Peel and press the garlic with a press. Then add it to the yogurt and season with a pinch of salt. Cover the manti with plenty of garlic yogurt and sprinkle with the tomato sauce and butter.
Caution! One can never have enough of them, because they taste so delicious! This recipe amount is to serve four; it is filling, both as a main dish and as a side dish.

Practical tips and secrets Any secret to make the recipe tastier?
A Samosa or Samoosa is a fried or baked pastry with a savory filling, such as with the traditional accompaniments of yogurt, chutney, chopped onions, coriander, KEFIR or LASSI is better than yoghurt.

Healthy tips Which health diseases can this dish help to combat?
The lamb has a lower fat content and it is tenderer; it contains high-quality protein, vitamins und minerals. This helps to prevent high cholesterol. The beef has lots of healthy omega 3 and fatty acids.

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