Manti – Central Asian Pot stickers
My friend Elena is from Kirghistan which used to be a sister republic to Tajikistan. Elena and I share the same traditions and culture and of course these delicious foods that we grew up with. Elena and I decided to have a nostalgic lunch and make something that reminded us the tastes we enjoyed when we were children. We picked the dish called Manti which tastes similar to Chinese Pot Stickers. This dish will take some time to make but time is flying so fast when you preparing a beautiful and delicious dish while having a great conversation with a friend. The Pot stickers’ dough is usually made of nothing more than flour, water and salt. This time we decided to try an experiment and make a dough a little differently. It was a success, however we like the more traditional way but we will keep this recipe in mind because it has very different taste and texture.
This recipe is for about 10-12 servings.
• 1 cup of hard boiled water
• 3 cups and some more of all purpose flou1 teaspoon of salt
• 1 pound sirloin stake
• 1 onion chopped
• 2 cups of shredded squash
• salt and pepper to taste
In a mixing bowl sift flour and add boiling water, you will notice that flour will turn to clear looking curds which is normal for this type of dough. Add salt and mix it with wooden spoon, then let it cool a little before bringing it to the your working surface, add more flour and form a ball.
Set your dough a side uncovered while preparing the meat filling. Chop your beef into very small pee size pieces, do the same with the onion. Shred squash and add it to your meat and onion,
then mix it together with your hands squeezing the ingredients together gently for better flavor, add salt and pepper to taste at the end.
Add more flour to the working surface and roll half of the dough into a very thin round sheet then cut it into squares. Place the filling in the middle of the each square
and bring the ends to the middle pinching it tight, then pinch the two ends on the each side together making a boat shape like a Pot Sticker.
There are many different ways and techniques on how to make Manti and it is up to you what technique you will use.
For cooking pot stickers use a Chinese style steamer or electric steamer like shown below:
Cook the Manti for about 50 minutes on high in the steamer. Before serving your Pot Stickers brush them with melted butter and garnish with minced Parsley or Cilantro. You can make a sauce which will go well with your manti, just mix tomatoes juice mixed with a little bit of warm water and minced fresh garlic and salt. Any Oriental sauce will go with the manti as well.