Mantu (Afghan Dish)

Our take on famous Afghan dish ‘Mantu” Something different yet tasty. #HappyCookingToYou

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Yogurt Sauce:

  • Dahi (Yogurt) whisked 1 Cup
  • Lehsan paste (Garlic paste) 1 tsp

Prepare Lentil topping (Chana Daal):

  • Oil 4-5 tbs
  • Pyaz (Onion) sliced 1 medium
  • Adrak (Ginger) chopped 1 tbs
  • Haldee powder (Turmeric powder) 1 tsp
  • Tomato paste 1 & ½ tbs
  • Namak (Salt) ½ tsp or to taste
  • Chanay ki daal (Split bengal gram) boiled 1 Cup
  • Pani (Water) ½ Cup

Prepare Mince:

  • Oil 2-3 tbs
  • Beef qeema (Beef mince) 500 gms
  • Adrak lehsan paste (Ginger garlic paste) 1 & ½ tsp
  • Pyaz (Onion) finely chopped 6 medium
  • Kali mirch powder (Black pepper powder) 1 tbs
  • Lal mirch powder (Red chili powder) 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder (Coriander powder) 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder 1 tsp
  • Namak (Salt) ½ tsp or to taste
  • Hari mirch (Green chilies) chopped 4
  • Podina (Mint leaves) chopped ½ Cup
  • Hara dhania (Fresh coriander) chopped ½ Cup

Prepare Dough & Dumplings:

  • Maida (All-purpose flour) 2 Cups
  • Namak (Salt) 1 tsp
  • Pani (Water) ½ Cup or as required
  • Pani (Water) 2-3 Cups
  • Hara dhania (Green coriander)


Yogurt Sauce:

In bowl,add yogurt,garlic paste and whisk well & set aside.

Prepare Lentil topping (Chana Daal):

In wok,add oil and onion,fry until golden brown.

Add ginger and mix.

Add turmeric powder,tomato paste and mix well.

Add salt and mix well.

Add split bengal gram with remaining water and mix well.

Add water and mix well,cover and put it on simmer for 6-8 minutes.

Prepare Mince:

In pot,add oil,beef mince and mix well until water dries.

Add ginger garlic paste and mix well.

Add onion and mix,add black pepper powder,red chili powder,coriander powder,garam masala powder, salt and mix well.

Add green chilies,mint leaves,fresh coriander and mix well.

Cover and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes.

Prepare Dough & Dumplings:

In all-purpose flour,add salt and mix,gradually add water and knead well until dough is formed.

Cover and let it rest for 20 minutes and knead dough again until smooth dough is formed.

Cut the dough into four equal portions,take a small dough and make a ball.

Roll out flat dough with the help of rolling pin and with the help of the cutter,cut the dough into four equal square piece.

Take one square piece,apply water at the edges and add mince filling,fold all four sides with each other and press the edges tightly to seal together.Continue doing this with the remaining dumplings.

In pot,add water and bring it to boil,place steam rack and grease the steam rack with oil.

Now place dumplings on steam rack,cover and steam cook for 15-20 minutes.


On serving plate,spread yogurt sauce,place dumplings,pour yogurt sauce,sprinkle red chili flakes,add cooked mince and chana lentil topping & garnish with green coriander.

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