— Russian traditional food: dumplings

Pelmeni(dumplings) is a national Eastern European (mainly Russian) dish usually made with minced meat filling, wrapped in thin dough (made out of flour, eggs, optional milk or water might be added). For filling, any kind of meat (pork, lamb, beef, or any other) can be used, mixing several kinds is also popular. By traditional Ural recipe, pelmeni filling is made with 45% of beef, 35% of lamb, and 20% of pork. Various spices, such as pepper, onions, and garlic, can also be mixed into Pelmeni filling. 

The word itself comes from pel'nyan' literally "ear bread" in the native Finno-Ugric Komi and Mansi languages. No one knows for sure when pelmeni first entered Russian cuisine but one theory suggests that stuffed boiled dumplings in general, originated in northwestern China - this would explain the use of spices such as black pepper, which are not native to Russia and had to be imported.

The general thought is that pelmeni were carried by the Mongols to Siberia and the Urals and then gradually spread as far as Eastern Europe. The dish was particularly favored by hunters, who were looking for light, easy-to-prepare, nourishing food to take with them on long trips in the winter.

Of course, food in Siberia has a preservative edge, as refrigeration occurs there naturally for many months of the year. Pelmeni are often referred to (by foreigners) as “Siberian Dumplings” or “Siberian Ravioli.” They were and are traditionally made by the hundreds or thousands and kept frozen over time. The process, which is a fairly tedious one of rolling, cutting, filling, folding, and pinching large quantities of dough, is a time-honored family tradition often accompanied by hours of songs, stories, and vodka.

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