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Pelmeni in a bowl

Pelmeni (Russian Dumplings)

Pelmeni are the Russian version of dumplings. They're mostly served on cold winter days with sour cream or just butter.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword pelmeni, pelmeni recipe, siberian pelmeni
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 279kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin


Ingredients for Pelmeni Dough

  • 3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt

Ingredients for Pelmeni Filling

  • 2 lb ground meat pork, chicken, turkey, and/or ground beef
  • 1 large onion grated
  • 1/2 tbsp salt to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper to taste

Serving Pelmeni


Pelmeni Dough

  • Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and mix until incorporated. Add water.
    Flour, eggs and water in a bowl with flour
  • Using a stand mixer, mix the dough until smooth. Sprinkle flour onto a flat work surface.
    Pelmeni dough in a bowl

Pelmeni Filling

  • In a large bowl, mix the ground meat, grated onion, salt, and pepper with your hands until well-combined.
    ground meat, onion and salt and pepper

Assemble the Pelmeni (Mold or By Hand)

  • To save time, use a pelmeni mold to shape the dumplings. To do so, roll out a flat piece of dough and place it on the well-floured mold. Fill each hole with meat.
    Pelmeni mold with meat
  • Make another flat, round piece of dough and place it on top. Sprinkle with flour and use a rolling pin to roll over the dough until each dumpling is separated.
    Pelmeni in a mold
  • Flip the mold over and shake out the pelmeni. Dust them with flour. At this point, you can either freeze them for later or boil them to eat immediately. 
    made pelmeni out of the mold
  • Alternatively, you can make the pelmeni by hand. To do so, roll the dough out and cut small circles out of it using a cookie cutter. Place the meat mixture in the middle and fold over the sides into a half-moon shape, pinching the edges together to secure the filling inside. Connect the two corners together. Repeat until you have no dough or meat mixture left.
    Pelmeni in the making process by hand

Boil the Pelmeni

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pelmeni in. Once they float to the top, they are finished and ready to be taken out. Strain the pelmeni with a colander. Drizzle them with butter and serve with a side of sour cream. Enjoy!
    Bowl with Pelmeni


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 3mg