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pelmeni with sourcream and dill

Pelmeni (Russian Meat Dumplings)

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  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 60 pelmeni
    • Prep Time: 1 hour
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Category: Dinner
    • Method: Dumplings
    • Cuisine: Russian


Pelmeni Dough

  • 3.5 cups (430 grams) all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) warm water


  • 1 pound (450 grams) ground meat (beef, pork or a mixture of both)
  • ½ yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For Serving (optional)

  • sour cream
  • fresh dill


Pelmeni Dough

  1. Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Add eggs and mix.
  3. Pour in warm water and mix well. When the dough begins to come together, begin kneading with your hands until the dough is smooth.
  4. Cover the dough and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.


  1. Mix all filling ingredients together in a bowl.


  1. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough into a thin layer. 
  2. Cut out 3.5 inch (9 cm) circles using a cookie cutter or cup.
  3. Place about 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of each dumpling. Fold in half and press together to seal. Grab both corners of the dumpling and pinch together.


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  2. Add the pelmeni. Once the pelmeni float to the top, boil an additional three minutes or until the meat is fully cooked.
  3. Serve with sour cream and fresh dill.


Freezing your pelmeni: Place the pelmeni on a tray in a single layer in the freezer to prevent sticking. Once they harden, you can transfer them to a freezer bag.

Keywords: pelmeni recipe, russian dumplings