Pelmeni are Russian dumplings with Chinese origin. Pelmen (singular) is actually a piece of dough filled with minced meat (pork, lamb, beef) and cooked in salted water. It’s usually served with sour cream. And – it’s super tasty!

Russian Pelmeni

The word pelmeni is derived from pel’nyan’ (пельнянь) and means “ear bread” in the native Finno-Ugric Komi and Mansi languages.

There are many variations of Pelmeni in other cuisines: Italians have Ravioli and Tortellini. Manti and Khinkali are well known Caucasian dumplings. Jewish cuisine has Kreplach which are small dumplings filled with ground meat, mashed potatoes or another filling, usually boiled and served in chicken…

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