Daring Cooks June Challenge-Chinese Dumplings/Potstickers

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This month’s challenge was hosted by the amazing Jen from use real butter. She challenged us to make Chinese dumplings / potstickers (a.k.a. “gyoza” in Japanese). As usual, the original recipe and instructions can be found at The Daring Kitchen, and you can also find some very useful tips and pictures on Jen’s blog.
I loved this recipe!…Thanks to my sister, who taught me how to make these wonderful dumplings years ago and now and then when I am not feeling  lazy I treat my family to a traditional Turkish dinner dish…  It is impossible for a Turkish mom not to know how to make these delicious dumplings (Manti)
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Turkish recipe:

Ingredients
– 550 g (20 oz.) or 5 glassfuls of flour
– 3 tsp. salt
– 2 eggs
– 10 2/3 glassfuls of water
– 2 small onions
– 250 g (9 oz.) ground meat
– 6 tbsp. butter or margarine
– 1/2 tsp. paprika
– 1/2 tsp. pepper
– 6 cloves of garlic
– 660 g (22 oz.) yogurt
Method
  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl, setting aside 1/3 cup.
  2. To the rest, add 1 tsp. salt. Mix well and make a well in the center. Place the eggs in the well.
  3. Make a firm dough, gradually adding 2/3 cup water. Continue kneading for 7-8 minutes, then divide the dough in half and let rest for 30 minutes covered with a damp cloth.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the finely chopped onion, meat,  1/2 tsp. salt and pepper in a bowl.
  5. Sprinkle your work surface with flour. Roll out the first piece of dough to a 1 mm thickness.
  6. Place 1 spoonful of filling at regular intervals on the dough.
  7. Brush the dough between the filling with water.
  8. Roll out the second sheet of dough slightly larger than the first and lay over the first.
  9. Using your fingers, seal thedumpling by pressing around each mound of filling.
  10. Using a knife, cut the dumplings into individual circles and bake them for 15 minutes at 350F.
  11. Bring some salted water to a boil in a large pot; add the dumplings and cook for 15-20 minutes, until they rise to the surface.

Sauce and serving

  1. Meanwhile, wash and chop the tomato; sauté for a few minutes in the butter; add the paprika;
  2. Peel the garlic and crush in a mortar; add the yogurt and mix well to make a smooth sauce.
  3. Just before serving, place the ravioli in a serving platter. Pour on the garlic-yogurt sauce and garnish with the tomato sauce.

Tomato Rice

Tomato rice is a very delicious and simple  recipe. Crushed tomatoes and shredded carrots are sauted with spices and then added to rice. At the end of it you get tangy flavor of tomato blends and gives rice wonderful taste.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 4 Tomatoes (cut into pieces)
  • 2 medium Onion (cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup cooked chickpea
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoon butter
How to make Tomato Rice:
Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes in water. Drain water and keep it aside.
In a frying pan melt butter, add onions, carrots and fry for 5 minutes.
Fry until onion turns light brown. Add tomato pieces to it.
Add salt and black pepper.
After tomatoes are cooked for 3 to 4 minutes, add rice and cheackpeas to it and stir.
Now pour down 2 cups of chicken stock and cook properly.