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Handmade Mantı – So Much More Than Just Turkish Ravioli With Yoghurt

Mantı is one of the traditional Turkish dishes you must try at least once during your stay in Istanbul. It is often called Turkish ravioli with yoghurt, but that is selling this delicious dish short.
The trick is to find the best mantı in town. This means finding the places where they serve the handmade version, with both tasteful fillings and toppings alike. But don’t worry, we’ll guide you the way.

Handmade Mantı – There Is No Substitute!

You could think of mantı as some kind of dumplings. The two parts of the ingredients are the dough and the filling. The dough is made of water, flour and salt. Some prefer to add eggs to increase the flavor. The thinner the dough and the smaller the wrapped pieces are, the more masterful is the cook. The filling contains grounded beef or lamb, onion, salt and pepper.

The making of manti, also called Turkish ravioli. [1]

The making of mantı.

Although the ingredients are simple, making mantı the correct way is a tedious job. The laborious process is to make thin sheets of dough, cut them into squares of 1 or 1,5 centimeters, and of course put the kneaded filling in the center and wrap the dough in small bundles. The legend goes that if a spoonful of mantı contains less than 40 pieces, then the single girl who makes the dish is not a good, skillful bride to be.

Mantı Is Served In Two Ways

There are two main ways of cooking and serving mantı:

My Favorite Mantı Restaurants

Our favorite mantı restaurants are Casita and newcomer Kaşık-la. The latter originated in Kayseri, which is unofficially called the birthplace of mantı. Unfortunately, both are located outside Beyoğlu or Sultanahmet, but can be easily reached by public transportation [2] or taxi [3].

Casita
Nispetiye Cad. No:5
Beşiktaş – Etiler
+90 212 263 70 07

Kaşık-la
Cevahir Shopping Mall
Büyükdere Cd. Cevahir Alışveriş Merkezi Kat. 3
Şişli – İstanbul
+90 212 380 03 33

İstinye Park Shopping Mall
İstinye park A.V.M. Pınar Mah. no:261
İstinye
+90 212 345 60 50
http://www.kasikla.com/ [4]

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