Vegan Manti

Serves 4 (~24 dumplings)

| Prep Time: 45 mins

| Cook Time: 45 mins

| Total Time: 1.5 hours

You may need: Dried Garlic Powder

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A Turkish comfort food, 'Manti' are small, meat-stuffed dumplings served with a buttery tomato sauce and a garlicky yogurt sauce. Our Vegan Manti has all the traditional flavor of the Turkish version with the addition of our Urfa Biber, a dried chili typical of the region that has a gorgeous burgundy-black color and is loaded with complex flavor. Urfa Biber chilis convey subtle notes of chocolate, raisins, wine, salt, and tobacco accompanied by a mild heat. We make a vegan version of Manti by substituting vegan ground beef but the traditional flavors are all there. You can use diced roasted veggies, roasted mushrooms, or even a spiced butternut squash puree as filling. This recipe takes a few extra minutes to prep, but the results are well worth the effort. In our vegan manti recipe, we encourage you to take a few handy shortcuts, like using pre-made wonton wrappers to make the process a little easier. Double the recipe and freeze the extras for a quick, satisfying meal.

The origin of Manti is unclear. Legend has it that Turkish horsemen galloping across desert plateaus carried frozen or dried Manti with them to be quickly boiled over a campfire. Many early Turkish cookbooks do not specifically mention Manti but do have recipes for dumplings without the garlic yogurt sauce or that are prepared as layered pastries with the same ingredients. Enjoy a taste of this fascinating dish with classic Turkish flavor. Or, use the Urfa Biber chilis to top soups, stews, grilled meats, or even in baked desserts for a wonderful flavor addition.


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 

  • 1 red onion, minced

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 20 oz vegan ground beef

  • 2 tsp Piquant Post Urfa Biber

  • Salt and pepper to taste 

  • 1 pkg wonton wrappers (if frozen, defrost first)

  • For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain vegan yogurt

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • pinch salt

  • For the Tomato Butter Sauce:

  • 4 Tbsp vegan butter, melted

  • 2 Tbsp tomato sauce

  • 1 tsp Piquant Urfa Biber

  • Pinch salt


In this recipe we’re using a vegan ground beef, but you can simply use regular ground beef or lamb instead. It’ll be delicious either way! Here’s a link to a traditional manti recipe for you to check out!

We chose to form the dumplings into beggar’s purses but if you want an easier shape, you can just fold them in half like a ravioli. 


Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the minced onion and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 mins. Add the vegan ground beef, Piquant Post Urfa Biber, and salt and pepper. Mix well and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the vegan ground beef is browned. 

Place 1 tsp of the cooked filling into the center of a wonton wrapper and wet the edges with a little water on your fingertip. Press the edges of the wrapper together and form the dumpling into a little square package. Fill all the wrappers and form the dumplings. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the dumplings in the pot for 5 minutes, cooking them in batches. 

For the yogurt sauce, mix together the vegan yogurt, garlic and salt. Stir well. Set aside until ready to use. For the Tomato Butter Sauce, whisk together the warm butter, tomato sauce, and Piquant Post Urfa Biber. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

To serve, place the cooked dumplings in a wide shallow bowl, and cover with yogurt and the Tomato Butter Sauce. Garnish with fresh chopped mint and a pinch of Piquant Post Urfa Biber. Drizzle with olive oil.

Alternatives & Substitutions

  • The sauces in this recipe are what really makes it! The Piquant Post Urfa Biber chili is fruity and fragrant with a mild heat. For other recipes featuring Urfa Bifer try our Urfa Biber Honey Glazed Lamb Chops or savory, comforting Turkish Menemen (Tomatoes and Eggs). Or try making our delicious and exotic Urfa Biber Brownies!

  • Try substituting our Urfa Biber for Aleppo Pepper in our Muhamarra, or sprinkle it on top of some hummus!

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