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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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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yup :)
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saeideh69 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cooked it & here is the picture:
طعام ممتاز
:heart:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Enjoy!!
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saeideh69 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I did
the good part is the smell & mouth feel of Manti
the smell of fried flour its cool
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saeideh69 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how about me translating these to Farsi, language of Iran?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Why?
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saeideh69 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
they are so much creative
and they are very easy to understand
you know, they are sort of powerful
literary, it is hard to forget them!!!

Since the time I saw this, I cannot stop thinking about anything but making this
cooking lovers gannnnnna EAT your book

when I cook it, I'll send you a picture of my food ^____^

I walk around, and fall in love with things, then I translate them, that's how I show love :p
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, you can have the translation accompanying it, but don't edit the image :)
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XOX-OXO Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only know turkish mantı from what i see here they must be pretty close :3
I love mantı :love: it's like the best food ever :la:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
It is :D
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FengFuXi26 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
What else could you substitute the lamb for? My sister is a vegetarian also, but she's not a fan of mushrooms. 
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Why don't you ask her?
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saeideh69 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think chopped potato, bell pepper and carrot taste good for filling
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thefeltfan6 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
omg you will not believe how happy i am to see this on dA

our family is armenian and we sometimes get these (my grandma makes the manti) and we put them in soups and it tastes awesome! very cool to see the recipe on how to make manti! :D
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saeideh69 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:(

but they are almost open on one side
how do you put them in soup
if they are not that open what's the difference of them & ravioli?
just the meat ball?
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thefeltfan6 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
the way my grandma makes them is that she puts the meat in a way that it won't fall apart.
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saeideh69 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
can you take pictures of her Manti? I am really curious to see what it is like
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Anush! :D
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jazzydanni Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
What an interesting recipe! And all things you can buy easily as well :D I'm definitely going to try this :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, I actually had everything at home when I decided to try it :D
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jazzydanni Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Fantastic to hear! :D I love suprise recipes like that!

*Prays to the easter bunny for a Wok* ;) The saucepan I tried this in wasn't quite deep enough. I'm going to try again on Monday though :)I don't think I worked the pastry enough.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hmm, it only needs to be as deep as a single layer of manti... I would think any saucepan is deep enough for that!
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jazzydanni Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Ah I figured out what I did wrong. I only left the Manti in the fridge in the fridge overnight, not for a few days.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm again puzzled, as there's no need to leave it overnight or a few days – that's only if you don't want to eat it at once. Is it that they're getting too soggy when you cook them? In that case, maybe the dough is too thick and not able to dry enough (mine were drying as I rolled them, so although they weren't 100% dry when I cooked them, they were quite hard enough to hold up). Either go as thin as you can, or pop them in the oven till they're golden :D then skip the butter and treat them like pasta.
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jazzydanni Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Okie dokie! :) Thanks for the tips! They were too dry when I ate them tbh, which is why I thought I hadn't left them in the fridge long enough. Perhaps I left them too long O.o and they were a bit too thick though.

I'm still trying to figure out what I did wrong, but I have all day on Monday to cook to my hearts delight, so I'll have a chance to try again :D
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jazzydanni Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Ah okay then, perhaps I needed to turn the heat down a bit.

But I'm still hoping someone will take me up on the Wok excuse so I can make Stir Fry! XD
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EleganceApparent Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This sounds amazing. I'm going to give this a try!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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Burning-Question Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That moment when you're Armenian and never heard of such things... shame on me. :c It looks delicious!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Really??? :omg:
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Burning-Question Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just don't live in Armenia and rarely have any chance to meet that culture. ^^"""""
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, that makes sense :)
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sjrj3sdm Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ive never heard of it either..but i save almost everything you post so this will be saved ha
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Martafav Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Yummyyy :3
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D
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pietotheface Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Ooo I can't wait to try this <3
It looks yummy.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
It is! ^^
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SoulsAreYummy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
It looks similar to pierogi (my country's traditional dumplings)! Yummy :3
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sweet!
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Marie-Aude Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Thank you ! I'm a big fan of your recipes. One you might try (I found it absolutly delicious) is chicken fesenjan... you might become addicted :)

Happy New year
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