What is? Mantı

 Mantı is often refered to as the “Turksih ravioli,” and is made of small pockets of dough with yogurt sauce.

In the old days of Anatolia, women would come together to roll out thin dough, cut it into small pieces, and stuff each piece with cooked meat to form a pocket, much like a ravioli, called mantı. These mantı are placed on a terrace to dry and the women proceed to the next house to repeat the process until every household as a stock of dried, ready to cook food to survive the winter.

The dried pastry pockets are boiled until soft then served with a sauce of garlicky yogurt or tomato puree, or both.

In Sirkeci, i recommend tasting mantı at either, Cafe Mese, or Neyzade Restaurant.


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