How to Make Russian Dumplings (Pelmini)

by Linda O.

I took a class to learn how to make these and they were really easy to make so ENJOY :D


  • 2 ½ Cups Flour plus some for the work surface
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Onion
  • ½ Pounds Lamb meat, or beef
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • Pepper to taste and some salt for the meat
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    To make the dough, you put your flour into a mixing bowl and add your salt. Stir those together, making a well in the middle. Whisk your egg seperately and add that to the well. Then mix everything up

    Step 2

    After mixing up the dough, turn it into a cutting board or counter top that is clean and start pushing it together, getting it incorporated and ready to knead. Knead until only lightly sticky.

    Step 3

    Make sure you can get it formed into a ball nicely and that it is smooth. Wrap in plastic and let rest for at least 15 minutes.

    Step 4

    Start by getting some water boiling. Add a generous amount of salt and some bay leaves to your water.

    Step 5

    Get your meat mixed with your garlic and onion, and add a pinch of salt and pepper to that.

    Step 6

    Rolling out the dough to cut more.

    Step 7

    Then after your dough has sat for 15 minutes to rest, roll it out to a thickness of a quarter (coin). Take a two inch diameter cookie cutter, or champagne flute like we used, and cut your circles out.

    Step 8

    Here's a stack of the pelmini dough ready to use.

    Step 9

    Have a cookie sheet lined with parchment ready to lay your pelmini on, once they are stuffed.

    Step 10

    Take your dough that has been cut...

    Step 11

    Place about a teaspoon of meat in the middle...

    Step 12

    Pinch the top middle and then each side, working your way up until it is all sealed.

    Step 13

    Then take the bottom two ends and fold them over each other as you bring them to the middle bottom of the pelmini. See the next photo for how it should look.

    Step 14

    There's one.

    Step 15


    Step 16

    The whole tray is ready for the boiling water pot now :)

    Step 17

    Once your water is boiling, gently add all of the pelmini. You will need to stir carefully and let your water come back to a boil before starting the timer, but they only need 5 minutes to boil.

    Step 18

    Here they are, finished and garnished :) they were delicious!