Go Back
+ servings
Bowl with Pelmeni

Pelmeni (Russian Dumplings)

Pelmeni are the Russian version of dumplings. They're mostly served on cold winter days with sour cream or just butter. Kids and adults both love them, they are a true Russian comfort food.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 279kcal


Ingredients for Pelmeni Dough

  • 3 cup flour (depending on brand, you may need to add more)
  • 2/3 cup luke warm water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt

Ingredients for Pelmeni Filling

  • 2 lb ground meat (chicken, turkey and mixing in ground beef)
  • 1 large onion grated
  • 1/2 tbsp salt to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper to taste

Serving Pelmeni


Pelmeni Dough

  • Sift the flour with salt into a mixing bowl. Add eggs, mix the dough for a short bit, then add water to the dough.
    Flour, eggs and water in a bowl with flour
  • Combine everything into a smooth texture by hand or using a Kitchen Aid mixer. Flour the working surface.
    Pelmeni dough in a bowl

Pelmeni Filling

  • Combine together ground meat, grated onion, salt and pepper. 
    ground meat, onion and salt and pepper

To Assemble Pelmeni

  • To save time use a mold to make Pelmeni. Roll out a flat piece of dough and place it on a floured mold that’s covered with flour. Fill each hole with meat.
    Pelmeni mold with meat
  • Make one more flat, round piece of dough and place it on top. Sprinkle with flour and roll over it with a roller until each piece is separated. 
    Pelmeni in a mold
  • Flip the mold over and shake out the Pelmeni. Dust them with flour, either freeze for later or boil them to cook. 
    made pelmeni out of the mold
  • To make Pelmeni by hand, roll out the dough and cut out small circles using a cookie cutter. Place meat in the middle and fold over the sides into a half-moon shape, pinching the edges together. Connect the two corners together.
    Pelmeni in the making process by hand

To Boil Pelmeni

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add Pelmeni. You'll know they're ready once you see them float to the top. Take Pelmeni out using a strainer. Drizzle them with butter and serve with a side of sour cream. 
    Bowl with Pelmeni


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 3mg