Pelmeni

This is a popular Russian food that is similar to Chinese dumplings and normally eaten with sour cream. It is normally not made vegan but can easily be done.

Ingredients

Dough

2 1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup hot water

Filling

3/4 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup chopped carrot

2 minced garlic cloves

1 cup crumbled frozen tofu or use seitan if you prefer.

pinch of nutmeg and black pepper (optional)

For the water

vegetable broth

Method

*I prepared the filling and set aside before beginning the the dough. This can make a lot of Pelmeni so you can make a lot of them and freeze them or cut the recipe in half. There are other variations since this is traditionally made with beef or pork and sometimes mushrooms.

**After chopping up the onion and carrot and mincing the garlic, I put the frozen tofu in just-boiled water for a few minutes then drained it because I want it to be soft tasting. If you prefer, you can cook it in a skillet with some oil if you want it to have a crunchier taste. Next, put the onion, carrot, and tofu in a food processor and blend it for about a minute or until it is very small. You may have to stop it after a minute and push some big pieces down. This is a good time to add the garlic and blend well again for about a minute.

***Start boiling 3 quarts of water and add one cup of veggie broth to it. While the water is beginning to boil, start rolling out the dough and try to make it thin. Traditionally this dough is made with eggs but in this recipe I did not use any. The dough will be tough to roll so it may be best to let the dough sit for a few hours before kneading it which I did not do this time and my dough was thicker and harder to roll out but still worked.

****Use a small glass to cut out circles and then put a tsp of the filling on one side of the circle. Fold it in half and seal it and then pull the ends together and seal it again. It will look like tortellini or a Chinese dumpling.

*****Boil them until they start rising to the top, it doesn’t take longer than 5 minutes for them to start floating up. Enjoy hot with tomato sauce, vegan sour cream, or by themselves. šŸ™‚

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