Better than Döner Kebab – Turkish Manti

Eat your belly round


“I had to learn to cook when I came to the Netherlands”, says Ceren Halatgi, a Turkish Erasmus Student at Fasos. “In Turkey, you can buy fresh and cheap food everywhere in the streets – no need to prepare it at home!” Fellow students Selin Özenbas and Ayse Görgek agree, they all miss authentic Döner Kebab, Börek, Lahmacun and Co. “Our favorite dish is Manti, a sort of Turkish pasta with meat and yoghurt sauce. It’s even better than Döner Kebab, which was good enough to make it around the world!”

Eating is very social in Turkey, so invite your friends over for dinner. “We always eat with the whole family or some friends, and we rejoice at eating all together”, say the Erasmus students.

If you try it yourself, always make too much rather than making too little Manti – it is really too tasty! Here is the minimum you need for four persons:

  • 500g wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300g minced meat
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 500g yoghurt
  • ¼ bunch of fresh mint
  • 3 table spoons of oil
  • some chili, salt, pepper and paprika
  • 100 ml water

Mix flour, salt, eggs and some water in a bowl. Knead it well until you have firm dough. Keep it in the fridge for half an hour.
In the meantime, you can prepare the stuffing by mixing the minced meat, finely cut onion and parsley, salt, pepper and paprika in another bowl.
Cook plenty of water in a big pot. Add some salt.
Roll out the dough and cut it into 3-4 cm big squares. The dough should not be much thicker than 2mm.  Put a spoon of stuffing on each piece of dough and fold it carefully.
To make the sauce, squeeze the garlic into the yoghurt. Add the hashed mint and some salt.
Lower the heat a little bit when you cook the dumplings five to seven minutes in the hot water.
Take some chili, oil and paprika and heat it up in a pan.
To serve the Manti, put them on a plate and cover them with the yoghurt sauce. Pour the spiced oil on top. Final step: Enjoy!

A rather non-Turkish advice:  If you want to save time, you can use tortellini for the dish. Even though this is not as authentic as making the dumplings yourself, it is definitely better than not trying it at all!

Marie Rosenkranz

Better than Döner Kebab – Turkish Manti
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Marie Rosenkranz
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