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Armenian Manti by Majnouna Armenian Manti by Majnouna
More recipes in my folder: Quick Food, Not Fast Food. Info on the book: Quick Food, Not Fast Food: the book! by Majnouna

THINK BEFORE YOU TYPE. Read the recipe and description in full and try to use your brain (+ google, wikipedia etc) before asking something dickish or lazy, or you'll be ignored.

Manti are dumplings popular all over Central Asia, across which they were carried by the Mongols all the way to Cilician Armenia in the 13th century. There are various ways of cooking and serving them, but what I present here is the Armenian version, which is the one known and loved in Lebanon. Everyone I know is wild about manti and we never go to an Armenian restaurant without ordering them, but nobody seems to make them at home. For New Year's Eve dinner, I decided to try my hand at them, and was amazed at how easy they are. I replaced the traditional lamb meat with chopped mushrooms to make it vegetarian, and they were a complete success. This quantity served 4 of us in the course of a meal, but if you're just having one course, this is closer to 2 servings.
While not particularly quick to make, they serve the purpose of quick food thanks to the fact you can prepare them ahead of time, let them dry out, and store them (a week in the fridge, much longer in the freezer). Then, when you're hungry, cooking them is as quick as cooking store-bought ravioli. I plan on making another, large batch of these soon because they turned out so amazing. You can of course play with the filling once you get a feel for them.
If you can't find sumac, it's a pity but not the end of the world: squeeze a few drops of lemon on each dumpling in your plate to retain the desired tang, or just sprinkle a flavoured salt or spice of your liking.

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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This one's missing the ever so useful translation of grams to cups :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Crap, forgot! For the moment:
225g flour= 1.75 C
225g minced lamb=roughly 1C
or in mushrooms, 2-2.5 cups chopped...
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm making this tonight :) I got really into your recipes lately, we had rocket goat pizza yesterday :D Only a moderate success because it was my very first time using the oven and I misjudged some things. Nonetheless, it was edible and a giant step forward in my cooking self-confidence. Now I want to try All The Things.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great news! :D Don't feel bad about the oven, everyone has a period of getting to know their oven at first.
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Esvandetta Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ah! This looks good... in both ways. I would most likely make half and half.... or throw some mushrooms in with the meat because I love sauteed mushrooms (despite how horrible they are health wise). This I might try! Thank you for putting this up! 
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wat makes you think sauteed mushrooms are bad for your health? :?
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Esvandetta Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well... I guess it's a stigma over here that using butter adds saturated fats that aren't really the best for you. It's not the mushrooms, it's the butter that the mushrooms are cooked in. It's drummed into us Americans since birth, I swear...
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
To be honest, that's just because they use bucketloads of it (incredible how no moderation is exercised in America), and then they replace it with borderline poisonous synthetic butter replacements that are even worse. I only use real butter, I just don't use it more than a couple of times a week. But you can very well use vegetable oil for your mushrooms, and if you're using a good non-stick pan you don't actually have to use any fats, except for adding taste.
Sauteed mushrooms with any kind of fat is much healthier than meat, I can tell you!
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Esvandetta Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
heh I know ^__^ there are some things that I really look at over here in America and I say "What the hell are you all thinking... and why does this seem normal to me??" My family and I try to do better when it comes to our diets (we've eating a lot more vegetables than we used to... and we're trying out vegetarian meals more often. No soda in the house... stuff like that). Hell, some of my family are married to/dating vegetarians.

It's just a matter of time, ya?
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OboieTheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So good! 
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