Russian Pelmeni (Ravioli)



This recipe is really yummy and has a true taste of Russia. Pelmeni is a type of dumpling consisting of a filling that is wrapped in thin unleavened dough. They can be bought frozen in a Russian Supermarket, but most Russians still prefer the home-made pelmeni. Some people find it a little tedious to assemble them, but believe me it's worth the effort.

Russian Pelmeni (Ravioli)


Prep time
1 hour
Cook time
15 minutes
Total time
1 hour, 15 minutes


2 1⁄2 cups
2⁄3 cups
3 teaspoons
1 pound
ground beef (alternatively, ground beef can be mixed with ground pork)
onion (medium, finely chopped)
1⁄3 teaspoon
garlic powder
pepper (to taste)
sour cream (about 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoon per serving)


1. To make the unleavened dough, mix together flour, water, egg and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
2. To make the filling, in a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, black pepper and finely chopped onion.
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3. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick.
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4. With the help of a glass, cup or biscuit cutter cut out about 1 1/2 inch rounds.
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5. Put a scant teaspoon of the filling on the each round.
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6. Fold over and seal the edges with your fingers or a fork, then bring the ends round and pinch them together.
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7. You should get about 50 pelmeni. Leave the amount you want to cook now and put the rest to the freezer (they can be kept in a freezer for up to 3 months).
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8. Bring 3 quarts of water to boil in a medium pot. Add 1 1/2 teaspoon salt. Drop in the pelmeni and simmer uncovered for about 10-15 minutes (they should rise to the surface).
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9. Remove the pelmeni from the water, drain a bit, put the desired amount on a plate, top with a tablespoon of sour cream and serve.


I've been looking for pelmeni recipe quite for some time, and finally I found this one! I followed the recipe as written, except I used onion powder instead of onion and sprinkled some fresh parsley on top. This is a great meal and I'll definitely keep this recipe in my dinner rotation. Moreover, they freeze really well!
I made these last night and they were delicious! I loved them. I must admit that it is much work but definitely for a great reward. I really enjoyed making this recipe and highly recommend this dish.
I have a friend from Russia, she always cooks pelmeni using this recipe. I must admit, that I haven't tried to make this recipe myself, but I love my friend's pelmeni! Sometimes she doubles the recipe and gives half of them to me. They freeze really well! I usually serve them with sour cream and hot sauce. Yummmm...
These were delicious. I followed the recipe exactly until it came to boiling part. I made them like I usually make potstickers. I put a little olive oil in a skillet and browned the bottoms of them and then added beef broth and cooked until the liquid was gone. The pelmeni had a wonderful flavor, but the preparation is kind of long, that's why I give the recipe 4 stars.
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