This is a traditional Armenian dish that is quite popular to find in Lebanon.

 

Dough

  • 150g bread flour, sifted
  • 50g all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch Ground Black Pepper

 

Tomato Sauce

  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes, blanched & skin removed
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Pinch chili powder
  • Salt & ground black pepper, to taste

 

Beef Mix

  • 300g lean minced beef
  • 1/2 tbsp dried peppermint
  • 1 tbsp sumac
  • Pinch chili powder
  • 1/4 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 bunch dill, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, mashed
  • Salt & ground black pepper, to taste

 

Yogurt sauce

  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt, to taste

 

 

In a bowl, add bread flour, all-purpose flour & salt. Mix well then add 1 egg at a time. Mix with a back of a fork until combined.

 

Drizzle al alali Olive Oil then knead till soft. Cover with cling film & refrigerate for 30 minutes

 

For the tomato sauce: in a pan, fry blanched, de-skinned & chopped tomatoes for 5 minutes. Add the remaining tomato sauce ingredients & simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool & blend

 

For the beef mixture: add all the ingredients & refrigerate

 

Preheat oven at 170°C (340°F)

 

Roll out the dough as thinly as possible between two cling films, then cut into squares (1 ½ cm X 1½ cm). Add ½ tsp of beef filling in the center of each square. Pinch the edges of the dough making sure that the beef mixture is intact. Place in an oven tray & chill

 

When ready pour 2 cups of tomato sauce in the manti tray and bake for 20-25 minutes till water has evaporated

 

Reduce heat on remaining tomato sauce to medium-high heat till thickened (5 minutes), set aside

 

To prepare yogurt: mix all the ingredients, refrigerate till serving time

 

In the serving plate, add tomato sauce on manti squares, followed by yogurt sauce. Sprinkle sumac & garnish with parsley leaves

 

Serve and enjoy!

 

Much Love,

N

 

Note: This recipe was done in collaboration with Al Alali ME.

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A Saudi national with Syrian & Palestinian origins. I’ve spent my life continuously moving countries exploring new cultures, new flavors, & new perspectives on life. Here's my story

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