Saturday, 11 July 2015

Turkish Manti (Dumplings) and Hadari (Garlicky Yogurt Dip)

Turkish Manti (Dumplings)

      Manti is a part of Turkish cuisine. It is also known as Tatar Boregi. It is a 13th century Dish introduces by the migrating Turks traveling back from Mongolia. It was made popular by nomads. In 15th century, art infiltrated the culture and cuisine of Turkey and one began to see the presentations of food coming out of the palaces. Over the past couple of centuries varieties of manti can be found throughout the region. It is served with yogurt dip. The preparation of this dish is quite simple but does require patience.
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For the filling
250 grams Chicken keema
1 Onion chopped
1 Egg
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
1/4 cup Coriander Parsley chopped
Mix all the ingredients together. Keep it aside.

For the Dumplings
Ready made Chinese Spring roll wrappers cut them into 1.5 inch. squares around 20 squares needed
1 Egg white
Chicken filling
2 cubes of Butter
1 cup of Chicken stock or water
Arrange the sheets on a flat platform. Keep a small portion of the filling on the sheets. Take the egg white. Brush the egg whites on 2 ends, leaving the other 2 ends. Fold the dumplings. The top portion of the dumpling will be open for the filling to be seen. Cover the dumplings before it dries out. Once all the dumplings are sealed then place them on a round greased baking tray. Bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes in a preheated oven. Remove from the oven add cubes of butter and a cup of chicken stock or water, put back into the oven for another 15 minutes. After the second baking,the edges of the dumplings should turn crispy golden brown. Serve the dumplings with a garlicky yogurt dip called Hadari.

Hadari ( Garlicky Yogurt Dip)
1/ 4 cup hung Yogurt
1 Garlic cloves crushed
1/2 tsp Dried Mint or 1 tbsp fresh Mint finely chopped
1/2 tbsp fresh Dill finely chopped
Olive oil to drizzle
1/4 tsp Lemon juice
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
Salt to taste
1tbsp grated Feta(optional)
1 tbsp chopped Walnuts

Combine all the ingredients except Olive oil and chilli flakes. Refrigerate until required.Drizzle with a little olive oil. Garnish it  with a sprig of fresh mint or dill, and sprinkle with just a little chilli flakes.

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