Probably it is not the best season to post this as it is sea-time for many people. However Crispy Dumplings – çıtır manti – is so irressistible I couldn’t refrain myself from posting.
I used to prepare Turkish manti with the boiling method, however ever since I prepared them crispy nobody in the household wants to go back to boiling.
I know preparing the dumplings requires plenty of time, but you might find ready made ones either fresh or frozen, you can choose to use them too. So I will skip the part about preparing the dumplings in this post. If you want to go ahead and prepare the dumplings yourself please click on the Turkish Dumplings Recipe, here.
The only part that is different about the previous recipe is how you cook the dumplings. There is no boiling instead I fried them. If you will use frozen dumplings, you do not need to de-frost them, as they are small they easily cook, even in the middle.
Start with putting dumplings in a skillet in a single layer to make sure they get cooked enough.
As soon as the bottom parts are brownish, remove from the fire and place a plate on top. Place your palm on top of the plate and flip upside down. This way you will now have all the dumplings on the plate with the brownish sides on top.
It might be a good idea to do this flipping while you are in front of the sink, some times the oil spills and you wouldn’t want to make a mess. If you are worried about burning your hand on the plate you can use a table cloth, but it is not really necessary.
Now, gently slide the flipped dumplings with the cooked sides on top back to the skillet. Cook the bottoms again. As soon as brownish again also on the bottom. You are ready to serve and garnish.
The only problem with frying is that you cannot serve more than 2 people at the same time. So if you are keen about serving everyone at the same time you might use several skillets or use the oven for frying. In case of using the oven first melt the butter on the stove together with the olive oil and sprinkle the oven tray, than line up the dumplings and again on top of the dumpling sprinkle the same oil mixture. Bake at a high temperature such as 220 Celsius degrees until brownish on all sides.
Garnish is totally up to you, the traditional or should I say common garnish used among Turks is a plain yogurt with garlic and tomato sauce on top and not to forget the dry mint flakes and red pepper flakes.
I hope you try and enjoy. Really delicious.