Today we’ll talk about a steamed dish made of unleavened dough and stuffed with meat, which is very similar to Siberian dumplings and Georgian khinkali. It is very popular in the Middle East and Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and even in Korea. You can also get to know about the dish and figure out how to cook dumplings from cookbooks and web.
In Central Asia, mutton used for stuffing but there are many other options:
For those who, for whatever reasons, abstain from eating animal proteins, chefs prepare meatless dish with vegetable ingredients like pumpkin, potatoes, cabbage, radish etc. But manti dough, usually referred to as dumplings dough, remains essentially unchanged. Correct manti have the form of rectangles, or the envelopes. But feel free to experiment with shape, it will make your personal manti recipe special.
It’s thought that originally manti (or dumplings) were made in China and they were called "mantou", which translates roughly as ''steamed bread''. Even today Uighur chefs are considered the best in manti cooking, but we decided to beat them here! Let's try to cook such a dish that will be merely irresistible. We’re going to cook special manti with pumpkin, pork and chicken. Remember the most important points:
The biological value of steamed dishes is much higher of those stewed and fried. The heat treatment at low temperatures allows to keep all the necessary vitamins and prevent the emergence of harmful carcinogens released during usual cooking.
Manti from our recipe is twice as healthy sue to the high content of a very interesting vegetable component in the stuffing. The vegetable itself is not usually very attractive for eating, especially for men and children, but combined with other ingredients it may give an unprecedented blend of flavors. Can you guess what veggie it’s about? Mr. pumpkin at your service!
Pumpkin is known to be an extremely healthy vegetable:
A person can hardly live without meat (except for vegans) and animal protein is a perfect way of boosting body with energy. Our recipe combines all the healthy ingredients with a safe way of cooking.
To conclude, we’ve got the following: