Haluj/Mentaz (Potato filled dumplings)2019-08-06
- Prep Time : 45m
- Cook Time : 20m
- Ready In : 1:05 h
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Haluj is a famous Circassian dumpling dish which is filled with pureed potatoes. Every Turkish family with Circassian roots has a recipe for it. It is called with many names and most commonly referred to as Psihalive, Mantaz or Hinkal.
- 600g all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg (optional)
- 1 cup of warm water
- 6 medium size potatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1tsp tomato paste
- 1 onion (optional)
- Salt, black pepper
- For sauce; 2 tbsp butter
- 1tbsp tomato paste
- 3 tbsp water
Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the egg and water, mixing well with your hands.
Add more flour if your dough is too sticky and soft, but be careful not to add too much as your dough will get dry and tough.
Cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes.
Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and add your potatoes. Boil your potatoes for around 15 minutes.
Peel and grate the potatoes.
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp tomato paste.
Add grated potatoes in a pan. Saute well.
Add salt and pepper, set aside to cool.
Take out your dough, and put it on a clean floured surface. At this point, it should be nice and soft, but not sticky. Cut the dough in four pieces.
With a rolling pin, roll out the dough. Keep flouring so your dough doesn’t stick.
After you have rolled out your dough, take a longdrink glass and cut out as much rounds as you can.
Take the cooled down potato mash, and with a teaspoon, fill the middles of the dough rounds with the mixture.
Close the dumplings, make sure you press the sides properly.
Put the uncooked dumplings on a cloth so they don’t stick.
For cooking, boil the water in a large pot and add salt.
Boil your dumplings in seperate batches, with about 10-15 dumplings per batch. When the dumplings start to float, leave them cooking for another 30 seconds, then take them out.
Meanwhile prepare the sauce. In a small pan, melt butter and stir in tomato paste and some water. Cook for 2-3 minutes over low heat.
Serve the dumplings on a plate and drizzle the tomato sauce on top. If desired sprinkle chili pepper over it. Enjoy!