Introduction: Dumplings From the Mountains of Georgia

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I learned how to make these while I was in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia. They have to be just about the best thing to eat after a long hike up to a tiny stone church on the top of snow capped mountain. Best eaten plain with just black pepper as garnish and a light red wine. Gagimarjos!

Step 1: Ingredients for Five People, 35 Dumplings:

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Dough - 6 cups flour, 2.5 tsps salt, 3 cups warm water; Filling - 1.5 lbs ground beef and pork, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 2 tsps salt, Red pepper flakes, .5 tsp ground caraway seed, 2 small onions, 1.5 c warm water.

Step 2: The Dough

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Combine flour, salt and warm water in a large bowl with your hands. Knead for about five minutes.

Step 3: Rest

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Let sit 35 plus minutes.

Step 4: The Filling

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Take two yellow onions and chop in the food processor until they are in small pieces and oozing onion juice.

Step 5: Mix

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In a bowl, mix meat, spices and onions. Add water and mix with your hands. Start boiling a large pot of water.

Step 6: The Wrappers

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Take a mango sized piece of dough and roll it out to about 1/3 of an inch thick.

Step 7:

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Cut out circles about 2.5 inches in diameter with a drinking glass.

Step 8:

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Using ample flour, put two rounds of dough together and push together with your thumbs and pointer fingers into four inch diameter flats.

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Roll the flats into thin eight inch rounds. Lay them out, with lots of flour between them, on a plate or tray.

Step 10: Pleating the Dumpling

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Cup the rounds of dough in the palm of your hand and put a heaping tablespoon of filling in the center. For convenience, you can put the open dumpling into a small rounded dish before you start to pleat the rim to form a small package. Use your thumb and index finger to make an accordion type fold all around the outside. In Georgia, if you can make 19 folds, you?re prime marriage material.

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Roll the nubbin of the dumpling between your finger and thumb and pinch off extra dough. Place the waiting dumplings on a cookie sheet lined with saran wrap and flour.

Step 12: Boil the Dumplings

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Gently put the dumplings into the bioling water, about fifteen at a time, and boil for ten minutes.

Step 13: Eat

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Take out of the water, slide onto a plate and enjoy! (This photo is at a dumpling house in Tbilisi. Don't expect your dumplings to look like these on the first go - takes a while to get the hang of it.)


bastien.brenu (author)2015-03-07

Caraway seeds make it just......SO TASTY!!

theresa.turner.3348 (author)2015-02-17

fresh khinkali are best sprinkled with pepper and downed with vodka shots , the leftovers are even better fried up in butter the next day- they take on a crispy yet still soft and chewy texture.

geradze (author)2014-04-08

respect from Georgia for so well detailed recipie! Khinkali is not pilmeni, nor chinese dumplings :) they are better! always welcome to visit Georgia and try em! cheers!

brideenie (author)2013-01-04

Hi, I was in Georgia recently and fell in love with this dish. I'm going to attempt to make them this weekend. What kind of flour should I use or does it matter? I was thinking of using plain flour.

mscharf (author)2011-08-14

I am a fairly novice cook, what exactly do you mean by two small onions? Could you possible put it in cups. I ended up with 2.5 cups of onions with my "2 small onions", is that to much? (author)2010-11-06

I think 1 cup of water would be more than enough, there is definitaly mistake otherwise great, but bit of garlic in meat makes it better

spark master (author)2010-04-15

I love it,

caraway seeds,(google it or ask in a big store) they taste like liccorish (kinda)  are used in some italian sausage.  Actually this is my recipe (almost) for italian sausage wrapped in dough , sausage filled ravioli LOVING IT.

for a different effect cook the sausage all crumbly after cooling add  corn starch to it  stir in well add 1 jumbo raw egg well beaten, then stuff and poach. If it take 3 -5 mins to cook them then do in shallow pan with water enough to let evaporate then fruy in place , like in Japanese restaurants.

If you want curry do lamb or chix , and toss in 1/4 cup of rasins.  Nice sauce of yogurt (full fat) pinch of oregano cucumber seeded and minced, and some cilantro. (w/o the cilantro it is Tzazikki sauce, (splg?) for gyro's or salad dressing.

More Asian would have ginger onion little pepper and soy reduce with sakeand some minced scallion . Make a ponzu sauce to dunk, or soy/sesame oil and rice wine vinegar (or white vinegar) with a little sugar minced scallions 

Last night tired of being asked for a "sample" as I fry meatballs for tomato sauce I said scew that and just panfried meat balls as burgers.

Rawns (author)2008-07-17

Just remade these and they are great. However, mine always seem to be filled with juice and fat even though I use extra lean mince. :S

petitchameau (author)Rawns2009-07-03

They're supposed to be filled with juice :)

d1ndian (author)2009-06-30

in Nepal and India especially on mountain areas ....these dumplings are called momo..................they are filled with vegetables or chicken ..........served with tomato soup.............yummy..........

d1ndian (author)2009-06-30

hei ...........nice tutorial tell me how to make a vagie one or a only chicken one.......

0.775volts (author)2006-03-29

These are great, i made the mistake of taking a double batch to a party, and now i'm the "dumpling guy" one alternative i made was to lightly fry the dumplings after boiling them (~3-4 tbsp of olive oil in a med. frying pan), I just set them in and let the bottoms get a little brown, adds a nice touch, and they hold together a little bit better. now, if anybody knows how to make curry puffs, i'm all ears.

Punkguyta (author)0.775volts2007-05-18

Kinda like parogies (Correct the spelling at will).

aeray (author)Punkguyta2008-04-04

Pierogis, I think.

Punkguyta (author)aeray2008-04-10

I think it's Pierogi (also perogi, perogy, pirohi, piroghi, pirogi, pirogen, piroshke or pyrohy), from the Proto-Slavic "pir" (festivity) is the name most commonly used in English speaking areas to refer to a variety of Slavic semicircular (or, in some cuisines, square) stuffed dumplings of unleavened dough and varying ingredients. Their specific origins are unknown; though they have strong ties to Slavic culture, similar foods occur in many cultures across Europe and Asia.

aeray (author)Punkguyta2008-04-14

I do not doubt your etymology, and I assume the individual preparations are as diverse as the spellings and pronunciations. I spelled it pierogi because to me it seemed closest to the Polish dumplings I have had, because it/they is/are boiled. I have had Russian piroshki in a couple of forms, one in a light thin breading that seemed to be deep fried, and one in a thick flaky crust similar to puff pastry that seemed to have been baked...

Punkguyta (author)aeray2008-04-24

There are literally HUNDREDS of different pierogis, perogis, and yes, pirogens. (author)Punkguyta2007-09-28

I was just thinking that

juandela (author)0.775volts2007-02-02

yup, i also need to know how to make curry puffs.

reeding (author)2008-04-04

im making these tomorrow any suggestions for sauce?

aliceownsj00 (author)2008-02-29

oh if I could pull this off, my hubby would marry me all over again lol, he loves dumplings

09 monk (author)2008-01-04

I had to look at this when I was starving.

finfan7 (author)2007-08-29

I made these. They ended up squishy and sticky and absolutely delicious. make them yourselves and agree with me.

Rawns (author)2007-08-12

I'm making these tomorrow! Cant wait! No idea what caraway seed is though (never heard of it in the UK so I will be using some home made curry powder! Also, what kinda stuff would you server these with? Salad? Chips? Chinese?

capricorn (author)2007-05-29

Dude, cannot wait to try that :)

Punkguyta (author)2007-05-18

Looks rather good if you ask me. I want to cook when I'm a bit older, there's a certain skill to making food. I'm already a bit of a chef, I can make good things taste better.

rocky (author)2006-03-19

In China we call this (steamed)bun, lol~~~

srwoodruff (author)rocky2007-02-20

haha, I was just about to comment with that. luckily I read your comment first. As such though I do prefer the meat versions over the red bean versions.

suzy (author)2006-10-14

I've been making dumplings(momos,rather)all my life but,without being able to give them the appropriate shape.Yor presentation has been of invaluable help.Thanx.Any more shapes? My humble rating:*****(5 stars)

theinfonaut (author)2006-07-30

wow, i know what i'm having for dinner tonight! these look fantastic.

George S. (author)2006-06-20

I was so surprised to see the recipe of Dumplings here. I am from Tbilisi and Dumplings (Khinkali in Georgian) is something which Georgians are proud of. Cheers. George

CLUBKAREN (author)2006-06-02

Having just returned from Tbilisi, Georgia, I can testify that Khinkali are incredibly delicious! The Georgians pick them up with their hands, holding onto the 'stem', nibble a hole in the dumpling, suck out the succulent juices and eat. The seasoning is incredible.

CLUBKAREN (author)2006-06-02

Having just returned from Tbilisi, Georgia, I can testify that Khinkali are incredibly delicious! The Georgians pick them up with their hands, holding onto the 'stem', nibble a hole in the dumpling, suck out the succulent juices and eat. The seasoning is incredible.

wackowill (author)2006-04-24

Awesome, I had these in Prague cooked by a Russian friend of mine to celebrate Russian New Year (conveniently a week after the UK New Year). I've been looking for a recipe eer since - they're called "Pilmeny" in Russia.

timatron (author)2006-03-26

Wicked! I love georgian dumplings, i had a bunch in russian, and then at georgian resturants in nyc... gotta go to brighton beach. anyways thanks so much for posting this! booyaH!

MedMisfit (author)2006-03-11

Just made these...grubbin'!!!

imamonkeytoday (author)2006-02-17

SOooo goood.

niney (author)2005-09-27

wow, that looks wonderful i can't wait to try it

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