Martha's fried version of mantou, a Saudi meat-filled dumpling, pairs spiced lamb with sweet golden raisins and buttery pine nuts.

Martha Stewart's Cooking School, Episode 510


Recipe Summary

Makes 32


For the Chile Sauce
For the Dough
For the Filling


Instructions Checklist
  • Make the chile sauce: In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk to combine tomato paste, vinegar, oil, cumin, turmeric, paprika, cayenne, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 cup water. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until thickened and reduced by one-third. Season with salt and black pepper. Sauce may be served warm, room temperature, or chilled.

  • Make the dough: In a large bowl, stir to combine flour, oil, salt, egg, and 3/4 cup water. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until soft and slightly sticky, about 10 minutes.

  • Divide dough into 32 equal pieces. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet and your hands with oil. Working with one piece of dough at a time, use your hands to roll into a ball. Transfer to baking sheet, then repeat process with remaining dough. Drizzle balls with additional oil, cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, and let rest at room temperature for 3 hours.

  • Make the filling: Melt ghee in a medium skillet over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until just softened, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Add garlic, cumin, coriander, and sumac and cook until fragrant. Add lamb and cook, stirring often, until meat is browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in raisins and pine nuts. Remove from heat and let cool slightly; stir in mint. Let cool to room temperature.

  • Working with one ball of dough at a time, place ball on surface and use your fingertips to flatten into a 4-inch round. Place 1 heaping tablespoon lamb filling into the center of the round. Fold dough over filling to enclose, forming a half moon. Pinch edges together, crimping to tightly seal. Repeat process with remaining dough and filling.

  • Heat oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pot until a deep-fry thermometer reaches 350 degrees. Working in batches, fry dumplings until crisp and golden all over, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet; let drain. Serve dumplings warm with chile sauce.