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How to Make Pelmeni

Because of my Eastern European dish experience in Anchorage Alaska on my video, I challenged myself in making my own version of it! Oh boy, it was no joke as I didn’t realize the daunting task ahead of me BUT I pulled it off! YASSS!… I looked up some recipes online (Thanks to Pinterest), I was able to find one. I made a minor change to the ingredients and made do of what I have available in my kitchen. Anyways, my husband was pleased and happy to have eaten a homemade Pelmeni. More cooking videos soon so please click that “Subscribe” button! The beginning of the video was some bloopers of my husband and me while filming to add humor to our cooking experience, :-D. Watch and be inspired! Stay safe everyone!

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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp parsley, freshly chopped (for garnish)
  • 5-8 bay leaves, and
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorn to add when boiling the pelmeni for added flavor and aroma.


Mix dry ingredients:

Mixing flour for pelmeni recipe

In a mixing bowl, add dry ingredients starting with 3 CUPS all-purpose flour, and 1 TSP salt. Mix dry ingredients until well blended.

Combine wet ingredients:

mixing wet ingredients for pelmeni recipe

In a mixing bowl, add dry ingredients starting with 3 CUPS all-purpose flour, and 1 TSP salt. Mix dry ingredients until well blended.

Mix dough:

mixing dough with a dough hook

Use a dough hook for mixing. Set mixer to medium speed. Manually scrape dough mixture towards the middle. Continue mixing for about 10 minutes or until a smooth dough ball is formed.

Form dough ball:

making a dough ball for pelmeni recipe

Sprinkle flour around the dough before removing it to prevent it from sticking to your hand. Form dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Wrap or cover the dough and set aside for 10minutes.

Mix meat:

mixing chicken and pork for pelmeni recipe

Prepare the filling in a mixing bowl by placing 1/2 LB ground pork and 1/2 LB ground chicken. Add 1 TSP salt, 1 TSP ground black pepper, 1 TBSP minced garlic. Add 1 Medium onion pureed or finely chopped. Mix all ingredients until well incorporated. Use a stand or hand mixer if available. Cover the filling and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make Pelmeni:

cutting dough for pelmeni recipe

To make the pelmeni, place dough on a lightly floured surface. Divide into four (4) equal portions. Cover the remaining three (3) with a damp cloth. Roll and flatten each portion into 1/8″ thick. Improvise by using a hydro flask if a rolling pin is not available.

Fold Dough:

making pelmeni by hand

Use any small round glass to cut out a circle about 2.5″ in diameter. Place 1/2 TSP of the filling on each circle. Fold the edges together then press firmly to seal. Place the finished pelmeni on a floured surface 1/2 inch apart. Freeze some for up to one month for your next cravings.


cooking pelmeni in a pot with boiling water

To cook, bring the water to a boil. Add bay leaves and peppercorn. Add the pelmeni when water starts to boil. You can tell it’s cooked when the pelmeni starts floating to the top.

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Jacob Petrosky
Jacob Petrosky
Jacob Petrosky

Just like I remembered them back in Ukraine! So good!

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