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Khinkali (Ground Meat Filled Pasta Pockets)

By Martin Dršata (GoodFood Community)
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  • Serves 6
Mongols brought the meat filled pasta pockets from central Asia to Georgia during their attacks westward in the 13th century. Very similar to Baozi in China.
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Ingredients

Filling 1

  • 1 and 3/4 lbs ground lamb
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 large onions, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, minced

Filling 2

  • 1 and 3/4 lbs ground lamb
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 large onions, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, minced
  • 12 ounces ground beef
  • 12 ounces ground pork
  • 4 tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red chilli pepper flakes
  • 3 small yellow onions

Dough

  • 1 and 3/4 lbs ground lamb
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 large onions, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, minced
  • 12 ounces ground beef
  • 12 ounces ground pork
  • 4 tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red chilli pepper flakes
  • 3 small yellow onions
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm salt water

Method

  • STEP 1
    Knead together the filling you have chosen and about 7 tbsp lukewarm water.
  • STEP 2
    Prepare a smooth dough from the flour and the salted water. Roll it out thinly and cut out 6 inch circles using a plate.
  • STEP 3
    Place about 2 tbsp filling in center of round, and fold edges of dough over filling, creating pleats in dough as you go, until filling is covered.
  • STEP 4
    Holding dumpling in the palm of one hand, grasp top of dumpling where pleats meet and twist to seal pleats and form a knot at top of dumpling. Repeat with remaining dough rounds and filling.
  • STEP 5
    Put the khinkali in a large pan with boiling, lightly salted water and simmer gently, gently agitating them with a wooden spoon now and again.
  • STEP 6
    When the khinkali float to the surface, continue to simmer for about 6 more minutes. Total time should be about 8 minutes.
  • STEP 7
    Remove from the water with a wire skimmer, sprinkle black pepper over each and serve hot with cold beer.
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