Turkish Manti’s Made from Scratch

Today I conquered my fear- I made my own dough to make Turkish mantis. If there is one thing I’ve always strayed away from doing in the kitchen, it would be making doughs from scratch. I am terrified of making doughs – a fear that stems all the way back from my childhood. And I can admit I am a horrible baker cause I never follow any recipes to a tee. But thankfully, this dough used in the Turkish manti was fairly easy, even for a freestyler cook like me.

Btw, the manti is boiled meat dumplings topped with a yogurt and a tomato brown butter sauce. My only gripe with ordering this dish is that it’s always overpriced for something as simple as dough and meat. But after making it today, I can assure you all you are paying purely for the labor that goes into making these tiny pockets of love.

I can’t wait to show you all what I’ve been doing for the last few hours. So let’s let the photos speak for itself.

Step 1: Make dumpling dough

The dough is fairly simple. A cup and 2 T of flour, one egg, and add water and oil as needed


Once all the ingredients are combined, you will need to knead for five minutes.
The dough after five minutes, and let it rest for an hour.

Step 2: Make the Meat Filling 

This mixture is  1/2 lb of ground beef and 1/3lb of ground lamb meat. Add a teaspoon of salt and black pepper, minced garlic and a random herb mix I found at the house.

Step 3: Make Yogurt Sauce

The yogurt sauce ingredients include minced garlic, olive oil and a sprinkle of S&P.


Mix & Viola!


Step 4: Make the Brown Butter Tomato Sauce

Melt the butter until you smell a deeper smoky flavor devlop.
Next add paprika and mix.
Add the tomato paste and garlic. In my case, I used some of my sundried tomato pesto for a deeper and richer flavor. Read my last post for the sundried tomato pesto recipe 🙂
The finished product, and set it aside.

Step 5: Make dumpling wrap 

Roll out the dough into a thin sheet and cut them into squares.
Distribute the meat onto each square wrapper
Pinch both sides of the dumpling wrapper and it should look like this

Step 6: Boil the dumplings IMG_2635

Step 7: Plate & Eat 

Spread over the brown butter tomato sauce and yogurt over the warm dumpling and it is ready to be devoured.

Thanks for reading today!

With love,





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