Try these Russian dumplings for a comforting starter or side, then check out other dumpling recipes such as Turkish manti and Chinese dumplings.

For more Russian-inspired recipes, try our blinis and Russian honey cake.


  • mince 100g lean pork
  • mince 100g lean beef
  • 2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • a handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 142ml pot soured cream
  • a small bunch dill, chopped

dumpling dough

  • 130ml milk or water
  • 1 eggs
  • 350g plain flour


  • STEP 1

    To make the dumpling dough, heat the milk or water so it’s hand hot, add the egg and a good pinch of salt, and pour into the flour. Mix and knead until it forms a pliable dough then let it rest for 30 minutes.

  • STEP 2

    Put the mince in a food processor with the onion, garlic and parsley. Season really well and whizz to a paste.

  • STEP 3

    Divide the dough into 3, then roll each into a long sausage and cut into small pieces (you’ll get about 16 from each sausage). Then roll out to little circles using a rolling pin.

  • STEP 4

    Put small grape-sized balls of meat onto each dough round. Fold the dough over to make a semi-circle. Bring the two pointy ends together and pinch. Repeat until you have used up all the dough and filling.

  • STEP 5

    Bring a big pan of salted water to the boil. Drop in the pelmeni, then cook for about 4-5 mins or until they are cooked through and have floated to the top of the pan. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well. Toss with soured cream and dill and serve.


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