Learn how to make perfect authentic pelmeni at home! Any dumplings recipe is time-consuming if you are making them from scratch with homemade dough and grinding meat for the filling.  However, if you want to recreate Russian dumplings recipe at home where the filling will be juicy and tender and the dough will be easy to manage, simply follow the recipe.

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You always can change things up but try keeping the ratio the same. You also can choose the type of meat to use for the filling. You can make chicken dumplings or beef dumplings; even mix different types of meat to make the filling.

If you can get hold of the dumplings mold, it will substantially speed up the process of cooking them at home. And, of course, if you have a kitchen aid with a dough attachment no one is keeping you from using it! However, I promised you the classic recipe and you will get it! Everything here is hand-mixed/made, get ready!

Pelmeni Russian Dumplings Recipe

I hope that I convert you to pelmeni lovers, as for the price you pay for the homemade option they are very nourishing. Yes, meat dumplings will take some time to prepare but when you have such an easy meal already in your freezer ready just to be boiled, you will appreciate these dumplings recipe even more. Follow each step of the recipe exactly and every time you will get delicious Russian dumplings. The recipe has never failed me.

Dough Ingredients for Russian Pelmeni:

Ingredients for Russian Pelmeni

  • 600 g all-purpose flour;
  • 300 ml water (cool);
  • 1 egg;
  • ½ tsp salt;
  • 2 tbsps. vegetable oil;

Dumplings Filling Ingredients:

  • 500 g minced meat of your choice (I used pork);
  • 160 g onion;
  • 3 tbsps. water (cool);
  • ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper.

The amount of salt and black pepper is here for reference only. You can add these ingredients to your taste. 

Other:

  • 1 l water;
  • Salt to your taste (around ½ tsp. for 1 l of water);
  • Butter and sour cream to serve.

How to make Russian pelmeni with meat at home:

  • Combine sieved all-purpose flour, salt, and one egg in a deep bowl.

Combine flour salt and an egg

  • Start pouring water into the bowl and kneading the dough at the same time.

Pour water to the bowl

  • Add vegetable oil.

Add vegetable oil

  • Knead the dough with your hands until you get malleable non-sticky dough. Set it aside on the kitchen counter for 15-20 minutes.

Knead the dough

  • Meanwhile, let`s make the filling. You always can buy premade minced meat in the store. However, if you have a meat-grinder at home I would highly recommend you make ground meat by yourself. Cut meat into medium-sized pieces and put them through a meat-grinder.

Put meat through a meat grinder

  • Peel onion and put it through the grinder, too. If you are adding onion to store-bought minced meat, blend it into puree beforehand. Pour 3 tablespoons of water and add seasoning.

Add onion salt black pepper

  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until smooth.

Mix the filling thoroughly

  • Knead the dough once more and divide it into two equal parts. Roll each dough into a thin circle. The thinner you roll the dough, the more tender the dumplings will be and you should be more careful with managing it while making the pelmeni.

Roll the dough

  • Using a medium-sized glass, cut out small circles of dough.

Cut out circles

  • In the center of each dough circle, place a teaspoon full of minced meat filling.

Place filling in the center

  • Fold the dough circle in half; covering the filling (the form shape should resemble the shape of a crescent).

Fold circled in half

  • Seal the edges tightly with your hands. At this stage, your pelmeni will resemble pierogi.

Seal the edges

  • In the end, connect the edges of dumplings, press them well with your fingers. Place the finished pierogis on a cutting board dusted with flour. You will get around 80-100 dumplings depending on the diameter of the cutter that you will use.

Connect the edges of dumplings

  • Boil water in the pot; add salt and the portion of dumplings.

As a rule, you will need around 3 liters of water for 1 kilo of homemade dumplings. Around 1 liter of water for about 25 dumplings.

Put dumplings into boiling water

  • Wait until the water boils, lower the heat to medium and let the dumplings cook for 7 to 8 minutes.

Cook dumplings for 8 minutes

  • Using a skimmer, take all the cooked dumplings out of the pot.

Take pelmeni out of the pot

  • Transfer dumplings to a serving plate; add butter and mix. Better served with sour cream. Enjoy your meal!

Serve with a scoop of butter and sour cream

If you do not plan to cook all of the dumplings, you can freeze them. Arrange pelmeni at a distance from each other evenly on the cutting board, sprinkle flour over the dumplings, cover with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer. When dumplings freeze, you can transfer them into a zip lock bag.

If you still have some questions I have got more detailed recipes of Dumpling Filling and Dumpling Dough.

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Serve with a scoop of butter and sour cream
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Pelmeni Recipe – How to Make Russian Dumplings

Learn how to make perfect authentic pelmeni with juicy filling and tender dough at home!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: how to make pelmeni, meat dumplings recipe, Russian dumplings recipe, Russian pelmeni recipe, what to serve with pelmeni
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 238kcal

Ingredients

Dough Ingredients for Russian Pelmeni:

  • 600 g all-purpose flour
  • 300 ml water (cool)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsps. vegetable oil

Dumplings Filling Ingredients:

  • 500 g minced meat of your choice (I've used pork)
  • 160 g onion
  • 3 tbsps. water (cool)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Other:

  • 1 l water
  • Salt to your taste (around ½ tsp. for 1 l of water)
  • Butter and sour cream to serve

Instructions

  • Combine sieved all-purpose flour, salt, and one egg in a deep bowl.
  • Start pouring water into the bowl and kneading the dough at the same time.
  • Add vegetable oil.
  • Knead the dough with your hands until you get malleable non-sticky dough. Set it aside on the kitchen counter for 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, let`s make the filling. You always can buy premade minced meat in the store. However, if you have a meat-grinder at home I would highly recommend you make ground meat by yourself. Cut meat into medium-sized pieces and put them through a meat-grinder.
  • Peel onion and put it through the grinder, too. If you are adding onion to store-bought minced meat, blend it into puree beforehand. Pour 3 tablespoons of water and add seasoning.
  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until smooth.
  • Knead the dough once more and divide it into two equal parts. Roll each dough into a thin circle. The thinner you roll the dough, the more tender the dumplings will be and you should be more careful with managing it while making the pelmeni.
  • Using a medium-sized glass, cut out small circles of dough.
  • In the center of each dough circle, place a teaspoon full of minced meat filling.
  • Fold the dough circle in half; covering the filling (the form shape should resemble the shape of a crescent).
  • Seal the edges tightly with your hands. At this stage, your pelmeni will resemble pierogi.
  • In the end, connect the edges of dumplings, press them well with your fingers. Place the finished pierogis on a cutting board dusted with flour. You will get around 80-100 dumplings depending on the diameter of the cutter that you will use.
  • Boil water in the pot; add salt and the portion of dumplings.
  • Wait until the water boils, lower the heat to medium and let the dumplings cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Using a skimmer, take all the cooked dumplings out of the pot.
  • Transfer dumplings to a serving plate; add butter and mix. Better served with sour cream. Enjoy your meal!

Notes

*calories per 100 g of cooked product

Please, do not forget to share your experience with everybody in the comment section below! I am very curious about how you liked the recipe!

2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Came for one recipe but liked the other one! I will definetely try this dish next! Never had Russian dumplings but the dish looks promising. I think its perfect to use as a baseline. I’ll add a few extra ingredients to the mix to make the filling recipe spice up!

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