Turkmen Lamb Manty


These handmade Central Asian dumplings are a Turkmen classic and popular throughout the Central Asian states, Afghanistan and Russia. 


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 500g minced lamb
  • 1/3 cup of pumpkin or potato (finely diced)
  • 1 small yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • butter
  • yogurt to serve


(makes 23 to 28 manty)

1. Combine flour, a teaspoon of salt and a cup of water. Knead until smooth then let it rest for half an hour.

2. Make the filling by combining the diced pumpkin or potato, the minced meat, the onion and salt and pepper.

3. Once rested, roll the dough as thinely as possible (using an Oklava, a long rolling pin from Turkey, is recommended). Then, cut the dough into squares about the size of your palm. Fill and fold to form the Manty.

4. In a metal manty or Russian dumpling steamer, grease the bottom of each disk with butter. If using a bamboo steamer, line it with parchment paper and grease with butter.

5. Once greased, arrange the dumplings in the steamer and steam for about 30 minutes.

6. Serve hot with yogurt.

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