Turkish manti with garlic yogurt sauce is a very common Turkish meal. Often described as Turkish ravioli, you can either make your own Turkish manti or buy it already prepared.
Also known as manti dumplings, it is essentially a very small version of ravioli, usually filled with a slightly spicy, meat mixture. But it can be vegetarian as well. Instead of following a Turkish manti recipe, you can also buy fresh or dried manti, even outside of Turkey.
In Turkey, you will find many specialist, manti restaurants that basically only offer manti dishes on their menus. And manti with garlic yogurt sauce is one of the more popular choices.
Manti with garlic yogurt sauce is an easy dish to add to your repertoire and it is super-quick. But, despite being a quick dish to prepare, Turkish manti has a long history and it is still to this day, the dish that many chefs and cooks in Turkey are judged by. Read on to find out more.
The History of Turkish Manti
The history of manti is quite fascinating. Its origins are likely to be Chinese/Mongolian. Being horsemen and on the move, cooking up dried manti was a very simple dish to make. Merely boil some water and add your manti! Very convenient when you need to set up camp each evening.
Upon migrating from China/Mongolia to Anatolia (the Asian part of Turkey) the Turks brought this delicacy with them. Turkish manti recipes remains a very popular and dish to make at home. Today in Turkey you can purchase manti in a dry format but it is still common practice there to make it from scratch. It is much like making a Turkish ravioili, with the whole family pitching in to help.
You can read more about the history of Turkish manti here.
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The Manti Dumplings Test for Prospective Daughters-in-Law
There is a slight snobbery attached to this dish. In Turkey, chefs consider the smaller the manti dumpling, the greater the skill the chef exhibits. Indeed, one quaint Turkish custom is for a prospective daughter-in-law to make manti dumplings for her prospective mother-in-law.
It is a test of cooking skills, so the mother-in-law can relax knowing her son’s eating future is in good hands so to speak! The manti dumplings must be made by hand with the emphasis being on making the manti as small as possible. Indeed, 1 story I read claimed that up to 40 manti dumplings could fit on 1 spoon. That sounds a bit extreme to me. I actually preferred the larger manti dumplings, as I could taste more of the delicious filling.
Making Turkish Manti is A Family Affair
Apart from satisfying prospective mothers-in-law, it is a common practice in Turkey to make the manti dumplings by hand and for the whole family to take part in the process. This is so typically Turkish! They consider the family to be sacrosanct and making the meal together is just a normal, everyday pleasure. A nice touch.
True slow food while actually speaking to other members of your family. The traditional process involves rolling the dough out by hand with what looks like a broom handle. Next, you cut the dough into shape, you add the filling and then form the little parcels into their final shapes. The final step is to seal the manti dumplings. You can see how it forces you to slow down and talk to other members of your family!
But don’t worry, you can purchase either fresh or dried manti without going to the trouble of making it yourself. In Turkey, we purchased our fresh manti from the market as our kitchen did not have a rolling pin. How’s that for a good excuse?
Manti with Garlic Yogurt Sauce
The key to any manti with garlic yogurt sauce recipe is the garlic yogurt sauce component. And the good news is that you can easily learn how to make garlic yogurt sauce by following this recipe.
Serving manti with garlic yogurt sauce is the traditional way in Turkey. It will usually have paprika as well. To this you can add dried mint and sumac. Other options are to just use sizzling butter with maybe some pul biber and dried mint. So, only 2 or 3 minutes to prepare the sauce while the manti is cooking. Could it get any simpler than that?
If you are after a Turkish manti recipe to make from scratch, it follows. But the truth is, you can also buy and use pre-prepared manti. The choice is yours. We detail how you can buy it after the recipe.
Other Great Recipes Featuring Yogurt
Turkish yogurt is brilliant and we really enjoyed it when visiting there. If you can’t find Turkish yogurt, use Greek or Bulgarian-style yogurt instead. And, if you enjoy yogurt, you might also enjoy the following recipes:
This easy yogurt soup. also hails from Turkey. And, you can serve it either hot or cold.
Turkish mezes are another fine way to enjoy yogurt with some fabulously-colored appetizers.
Using yogurt is also a fine way to dress shish kebaps, simply skewered meats and vegetables, Turkish style. They’re fabulous on the outdoor grill.
Our healthy pomegranate breakfast also features yogurt. Just delicious in summer.
Using yogurt, you can easily make labna, which is strained yogurt, and very thick. It is delicious!