Pelmeni - Russian Meat Dumplings


Pelmeni (russ.: пельмени) are in their form like Italian tortelloni stuffed with minced meat. This dish originates from Siberia and was a popular meal among coachmen or hunters on their long trips across this vast and cold part of Russia. Pelmeni were prepared and stored frozen for a long period of time without being cooked. So it was frozen food that could be easily cooked and eaten either at home or on a journey. One only had to light a fire and boil some water or melt snow to cook pelmeni. During long and hard winters this hot and nourishing food was a real blessing.

for the dough:
250 g (= 2 cups) flour
1 egg
for the filling:
300-400 g (=10.5 lb) minced pork
2 finely chopped onions
1 egg white
chopped fresh parsley
salt, pepper

Pelmeni - step by step

Pour hot melted butter over pelmeni and sparkle with parsley. Pelmeni should be eaten hot as they don’t taste once they have cooled down.

Pelmeni Variations

  • Serve pelmeni with sour cream and/or a little bit of vinegar instead of butter
  • Use mixed meat or beef instead of minced pork.
  • Use minced beef lever as a filling. In this case pour sour cream into clay pot over pelmeni and bake in oven.
  • Use water instead of egg white.
  • Use dill instead of parsley.

Sibirian Pelmeni visited the Literate Cafe in St. Petersburg (in German) and watched how the cook prepared Sibirian Pelmeni.

Recipe for Sibirian Pelmeni (in German)

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