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Quick & Tasty Turkish Mantı August 17, 2010

Posted by Deniz Olcay in Middle Eastern, Quick Eats, Turkish Dishes, Uncategorized.
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Mantı is one of the most admired dishes in Turkish cuisine, equivalent to the “ravioli” of Italy. The main difference is the use of garlic yogurt as a sauce, and dough as the casing for the meat instead of semolina wheat (used to make ravioli pasta). It is quite laborious to make the authentic version, so my parents often used to default to this tasty alternative recipe. I have posted a picture of the original dish below:

So.... Beautiful...

I hope you enjoy this tasty alternative I have posted below, I often cook it when I am in the mood for something quick, filling and delicious. Enjoy!

You will need:

Elbow Pasta (you can use any type of pasta you like!)
1 Pound of ground turkey or beef
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 small cups of plain yogurt (preferably not non-fat)
1 clove of garlic
2 teaspoons of Sumac (a spice found in middle eastern specialty shops)
2 teaspoons of Dried mint
2 teaspoons of Dried Oregano
1 teaspoon of dried red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of butter
Ground Pepper / Salt

The Ingredients ! ( Most of them anyway)

1. First, chop the onions and set aside. Then, use a garlic press and mix the mashed garlic with the yogurt. Add some water to the yogurt if it is too thick.

Add garlic to yogurt. Add water if necessary

2. Salt the water, add some olive oil to prevent sticking, and start boiling the pasta.

Pretty easy stuff!

3.Cook the chopped onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until translucent in color

Cook the chopped onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil

4. Add the 1 pound of ground turkey or beef  into the onion. Cook on medium heat, until the beef is all brown.

Add the ground turkey or beef into the onion

5.On the side, in a small pot (or Cezve), cook 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes in the 1 tablespoon of butter over high heat for about 2 minutes. Make sure the red pepper flakes do not burn.

Cook 1 teaspoon of red pepper in the butter

6. Once the beef is cooked, turn off the heat. Add 2 teaspoons of Sumac, oregano and mint to the beef. Add salt and pepper as necessary.

Add the sumac, oregano, mint, pepper and salt to the beef

7. Add the yogurt mixture to the pasta, then top with some of the red pepper/butter liquid.

Add the yogurt mixture to the pasta

8. Top the yogurt with the beef, and add more spices as you wish. Enjoy!

Add the beef, and top with additional spices as desired!