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Pelmeni Recipe (Meat Dumplings)

Classic Russian Pelmeni recipe. Soft dough filled with ground pork and chicken filling, cooked and served with sour cream.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Author: Valentina's Corner


pelmeni dough:

pelmeni filling:

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1 medium onion, grated in protruding holes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2-3 Tbsp dill, chopped
  • Vegeta (if adding Vegeta, use less salt and add Vegeta to taste)


pelmeni dough-

  • Attach the dough hook to a Kitchen Aid mixer (or use a bread machine). Mix the milk, salt, egg and water.
  • Add the flour in three batches, mixing well after each addition. Once all the flour is added, mix until flour is well incorporated and doesn't stick to sides of the bowl.
  • Keep covered and allow the dough to rest at least 20-30 minutes.

meat filling:

  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the filling until well incorporated.
  • Cover and set aside until ready for use.

shape pelmeni-

  • To shape with mold, roll out enough dough to cover mold.
  • Fill holes with meat.
  • Roll out another dough and cover the meat.
  • With a rolling pin, roll over the top of mold until edges of the molds protrude.
  • Gently push out pelmeni.

cook dumplings-

  • Add enough water to completely cover pelmeni once added.
  • Bring water to a boil and season.
  • Cook 2-3 minutes once the pelmeni float to the top.
  • Serve the meat dumplings with sour cream.


  • FLOUR- All flour is different and can make a huge difference. Start out with 4 1/4 cups flour and add more flour as needed. We use Canadian flour and always end up using the whole 4 1/2 cups flour.