Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Try This At Home!

Want to taste a bit of Azerbaijan? Get some friends together and try this delicious treat: Xǝngel (pronounced hang-jel)!

Dough: 6 cups flour, 1 & 1/2 to 2 cups warm water, 1 Tablespoon salt

Filling:1 lbs ground meat, 1 small onion [grated], 2-3 cloves garlic [grated], 1 Tablespoon sweet and sour sauce, 1 Tablespoon dried cilantro, salt and pepper to taste

Garnish: sour cream or garlic yogurt

Make dough. Cover and set in a warm place until ready to use.

In a mixing bowl, combine filing ingredients. Add a couple Tablespoons of water.

Using a small amount of dough (about the size of 1/2 a cup), roll out a circle at approx. 1/8” thickness. Using a circular cookie cutter (or cup), cut circles out of dough. Set scraps aside (roll scraps at the very end).

On each small circle, spoon in a small out of filling. Pinch square closed by bringing the sides together. My host mom has a super cool decorative pinch.

After each roll, set filled pasta aside in a single layer. Boil a pot of salted water and pasta in a single layer. Once pasta rises, allow to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from water and serve right away with sour cream.