Kayseri Manti

Kayseri Manti
06 May 2024

Brought to Anatolia by nomadic Turks, the classic manti has become associated with Kayseri. This dish, whose main ingredients are minced meat and dough, is also known as Tatar pastry. Prepared with different techniques in Kyrgyz and Kazakh cuisine, manti gives the body the energy it needs since it has a high protein value. The most important feature of Kayseri manti is its small size. The secret lies in fitting 40 pieces of manti into a spoon. If you are ready, let's move on to the recipe for Kayseri manti, which is legendary for its deliciousness.

How Many Calories is 1 Serving of Kayseri Manti?

  • In a 100-gram serving, Kayseri manti has approximately 170 calories. 
  • To reduce the calorie value, you can also try tray ravioli made in the oven or the Adana-style rose ravioli recipe.
Prep Time : 40 mins
Cook time : 20 mins
Servings : 6 People
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Kayseri Manti


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • Salt

For the filling

  • 200 g minced meat
  • 1 small onion
  • Black Pepper
  • Red chili pepper
  • Salt

For the sauce

  • yogurt with garlic
  • 80 g butter
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Mint
Kayseri Manti


  1. First, whisk the water, salt, and egg in a bowl. When the whisking process is complete, start kneading the dough by adding flour.
  2. If the consistency of the dough is too soft, you can add flour little by little. Cover it and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Grate the onion you will use for the filling and add it to the minced meat. Add salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper to the minced meat. You can add different spices according to your preferences.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured counter and cut small squares. Fill them with the minced meat mixture, and close them in the shape of a closed sack.
  5. Do the same for all of the manti.
  6. Meanwhile, add water and salt to the pot and start boiling. Cook the prepared manti in the boiling water.
  7. Melt the butter and roast the tomato paste for the sauce.
  8. Transfer the sauce to the pot of mantıs and cook for 10 more minutes. Put them on the service plate.
  9. You can add garlic, yogurt, mint, and sumac to it. Enjoy your meal.
Serving Suggestions

You can serve the manti with baked hash browns.

Expert Tips
  • Pay attention to the kneading process while preparing the manti dough. If the dough remains lumpy, you can continue kneading.
  • Before adding the minced meat filling, cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
  • It is also very important that the minced meat mixture is not watery. For this reason, you can leave it to rest in the refrigerator after preparing the filling.
  • When you start rolling out the manti dough, you need to be fast. To prevent the dough from getting dry, it should be closed without waiting after the mixture is filled.
  • You can add chicken or beef broth to the boiling water to increase the flavor.
  • Do not cover the pot during the boiling process.
  • How long does it take to cook manti? While instant manti cooks in 10 minutes on average, homemade manti takes 12–15 minutes.
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