How to Make Pelmeni Russian Food

Pelmeni is a dumpling filled with meat, wrapped in thin dough and boiled in water or chicken stock. It is a Russian dish similar to Chinese pot stickers and is also known as Siberian dumplings. Pelmeni are great to serve when you have friends or family coming over for dinner. If you follow this simple technique, making Pelmeni will be easy to do.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 7 min
Total time: 30 min
Yield: a batch
Utensils: large board, pan, fork

All-purpose flour: 2 cups
Cold water or milk: 1 cup
Eggs: 3
Ground beef: ½ pound
Ground pork: ½ pound
Onion: 1 small-sized
Garlic clove: 1
Salt: to taste
Pepper: to taste


  • 1

    Make the dough

    First make the dough for your Russian dumplings. Add flour on the large board and make an indentation in order to hold the eggs. Now take the three eggs and after cracking, place them in the indentation. Then mix it gradually with a fork while slowly adding the flour.

  • 2

    Add cold water or milk

    Next add one cup of cold water or milk in the dough. Press the dough after adding the liquid.

  • 3

    Knead the dough

    Continue pressing the dough after you add all the liquid. You have to knead the dough until it becomes elastic and stretchy.

  • 4

    Cut the ball

    Now you need to cut the dough ball into half. Store one half in the refrigerator and the other into the shape of a snake. Then cut the snake in one inch lengths and roll each into a two inch circle.

  • 5

    Mix ground beef, ground pork, chopped onion, salt, pepper and garlic

    Next you need to mix together ground beef, ground pork, chopped onion, salt, pepper and garlic cloves.

  • 6

    Place meat in the dough circle

    Now you need to add the small quantity of this meat in the middle of the dough circles you made. Then fold the edges of dough over the meat in order to make a small ear shaped dumpling.

  • 7


    Boil these ear-shaped dumplings in salty water for almost seven minutes or until they float up to the surface.

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