Mantoo (Afghan Beef Ravioli)


2 lb minced lamb or ground beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
2 red chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1 Tbsp ground coriander
salt (to taste)
ready made wonton wrappers (available at Asian food stores)
plain yogurt
4 cloves garlic, grated or minced
a bunch of fresh mint
2 Tbsp ghee

1.  Melt ghee in a frying pan.  Add onions and fry until transparent.
2.  Add garlic and meat and mix thoroughly to break into finely minced texture.  Cook until the meat is brown.
3.  Add seasonings, coriander, and chili, and continue to cook for 20 minutes adding only enough water, if any, to prevent the meat from sticking.
4.  Allow the meat mixture to cool a little, and then take a wonton wrapper, and place a tsp of meat mixture into the center.
5.  Fold the wonton wrapper to create a dumpling by taking the two opposite corners and sealing them with wet fingers.  Then repeat with the other corners, creating a neat parcel.
6.  Place the mantu in a steam.  Cook for 30 minutes.  Create a sauce by mixing the plain yogurt and the garlic together.
7.  Assemble the dish by covering the base of a large platter with the yogurt sauce.  Cover with the meat parcels, piling them on top of each other to create a mound.
8.  A little sauce can be spooned over the lot, then some minced lamb or ground beef, topped with mint leaves.

4 thoughts on “Mantoo (Afghan Beef Ravioli)

  1. I will be making this soon hopefully. My Afghan-Persian friend talks about it sooo much so I promised to make it.

    It sounds delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

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