Afghani Mantoo

  • on April 19, 2019
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Afghani Mantoo (Mandy, mantu or manti) are also known as the dumplings of the Silk Road. It is believed they originated from the Mongol Empire and made their way into the local cuisine of the Afghan and Turkish people.

My first time trying these delicious dumplings was a few years ago at a local Houston resturant. I immediately fell in love with these simply delicious dumplings. I love the flavor profile and texture of this dish. The simple flavors of the steamed dumplings paired with the acidity of the tomatoes, the cool yogurt sauce adds a creamy silkiness and the dried mint on top is simply divine! Every layer elevates this dish to a new level.

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5 from 1 vote

Afghani Mantoo

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Afghani
Keyword: Afghani Dumplings, Afghani Mantu, Mantoo, Mantu
Servings: 4 People
Author: Fatima Maniya


  • 1 Lb Ground beef
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 1 Tsp Garlic finely chopped
  • 3 Tbs Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Pinch of red chili flakes (Optional)
  • 1 Tbs Dried mint
  • 1 Pack Wonton wrappers
  • Paprika for sprinkle

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 1 Small Garlic clove
  • 3 Tbs Tomato paste
  • 1 Small can Tomato sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Pinch Turmeric
  • 1 Pinch Chili flakes
  • 4 Tbs Oil

Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 Cup Whole milk yogurt
  • 1 Tsp Finely chopped garlic
  • Salt to taste


  • In a pan heat oil, to this add onion and garlic and fry until onions are translucent. Now add the ground meat, season with salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste and cook until the the liquid is dry. Turn off the flame, Transfer to a bowl and let it come to room temperature. 
  • Reserve 3 tablespoons of meat mixture and set aside. Once the meat is cool, fill 1 tsp of meat filling inside your wonton wrappers. Moisten all four sides of your wonton wrapper and shape the wontons to your preferred shape. You should yield around 16-18 wontons. 
  • In a pot add water and let it come to a simmer. To this add your steamer, make sure to oil the surface the steamer so the wontons don’t stick to it. Add your dumplings, and steam them covered for 20 mins. 

Tomato Sauce

  • In a pan heat oil, to this add onion and garlic. Now fry until translucent, to this add tomato paste, tomato sauce and the spices. Once the sauce starts to thicken, to this add your reserved meat mixture, mix well and turn off the heat. 

Yogurt sauce

  • In a bowl whip yogurt, garlic, and salt. Place it inside the refrigerator until ready to use.  


  • In a serving plate, smear some tomato sauce. Now place your steamed dumplings on the tomato sauce randomly. Now spoon over the tomato sauce on the dumplings, than spoon over the yogurt sauce. Now sprinkle hand crushed dried mint on top of the dumplings and paprika. 
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  • 5 stars
    MA nice recipe, can’t wait to try it.

    Shazia April 19, 2019 9:24 pm Reply
    • Thank you so much!! Please let me know how it all turns out inshallah!!

      Fatima April 20, 2019 5:43 pm Reply

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