Nooria’s Mantu

Basically, these are Afghani dumplings prepared two different ways–one with meat and one vegetarian. The yogurt spread on the bottom of the plate gives this a fresh flavour–like a bright summer’s day.  This is Nooria’s meat based version. Don’t be afraid of all the raw onion. It actually makes it incredibly delicious.

Ingredients for Mantu Filling

  • ½ Lbs of ground beef
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • ½ Lbs of Onion
  • 1 bunch of  coriander
  • Package of Dumpling Wrappers or Wonton Wraps (can be bought from local grocery store)

Ingredients for 2 Toppings

Topping – Tomato sauce

  • 1 onion
  • Tomato sauce 400 ml
  • Oil – 3 table spoons
  • Salt – pinch
  • 3 Garlic gloves
  • Black pepper – pinch
  • ½ cup of frozen vegetables (green pies, corn & carrot mix)

Chop the onion and fry with oil, add garlic and then add tomato sauce once the onions & garlic are soft.  Mix it and add your salt, black pepper.  After a minute add in your frozen vegetables and let it simmer for about 5 mins.

Topping – Yogurt sauce

  • Yogurt 250 ml
  • 2 Garlic gloves
  • ½ tea spoon of dried Mint

–       Chop the garlic finely and mixed with yogurt and add mint


Cook ground beef with salt and black pepper until all the water is evaporated.  Make sure that the ground beef are in small pieces (should not allow it form large pieces)

When cooked, place it on the side so that it can cool down

Use food processor to chop the onions finely (it has to be in solid piecest). Put it aside in a bowl.

Use the food processor to cut up the coriander in very small pieces

Mix the onions, beef and coriander (everything has to be room temperature)

You need to check the spices and salt to your taste.

Ensure wrappers are  at room temperature.  Take one out; dip the corners of the wrap with water.  Use a table spoon to scope your mix and place in the centre of the wrap.  Bring up the corners together and make any shape you like.

One your dumpling is wrapped; place it on your steamer.  Make sure that the steamer tray is sprayed with oil.  Once the tray is full, bring the water to a boil and place your steamer tray on top.

Let it steam for about 20-30 mins – but keep an eye so that the dumplings are firm but soft.


Take a large plate, put the yogurt mix on the plate (spread it around).

Add your dumplings on top and pour the tomato sauce mix and some more yogurt mix.

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