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Pelmeni is a national Eastern European (mainly Russian) dish usually made with minced meat filling, wrapped in thin dough (made out of flour, eggs, optional milk or water might be added). For filling, any kind of meat (pork, lamb, beef, or any other) can be used, mixing several kinds is also popular. By traditional Ural recipe, pelmeni filling is made with 45% of beef, 35% of lamb, and 20% of pork. Various spices, such as pepper, onions, and garlic, can also be mixed into Pelmeni filling.

Pelmeni belong to the family of dumplings and are close relatives to Vareniki, Ukrainian variety of dumplings with filling made of mashed potatoes or cottage cheese. Pelmeni are also similar to Chinese Potstickers.

The origin of pelmeni is not clear, and many versions exist.

The most widely accepted one is that they were discovered in the Ural Mountains by Russian explorers and pioneers who found that a similar dish (called pelnyan - literally "bread ear" in the native language) consisted of pieces of meat wrapped in very thin bread was being used by native people.

By other sources, pelmeni were invented by hunters looking for light, easy-to-prepare and nourishing food to take with them in long hunting trips, and pelmeni are perfect for this purpose as they can be kept frozen for a very long period of time without any loss of quality or flavor, and the water they are boiled in makes a pretty good soup.

In any case, pelmeni are documented to exist in central Russia by the 15-th century.
In the honour of Pelmeni....  

Pelmeni Monument

The first and still the only one in the world Pelmeni monument was built in Izhevsk, Republic of Udmurtia, Russian Federation. The huge concrete pelmeni sits on the 3-meter-long steel fork.

Vareniki Monument

The Ukrainian Vareniki monument was built
in Cherkassy in September 2006.

Pierogi Monument

The world biggest Pierogi monument was built out of fiberglass and steel in the Village of Glendon, Canada in 1991. The giant Pierogi stands 25 feet tall, 12 feet wide, and weighs 6,000 pounds.
Russian Pancake Feast "Maslenitsa"

Our Pelmeni and Vareniki had a great success at Russian Pancake Feast "Maslenitsa", which took place at Federation Square, Melbourne, on Sunday, 5 February 2006.

The line of people wishing to enjoy our Pelmeni and Vareniki was many meters long.
Cuckoo Restaurant

On the 13th January 2006 one of the best Australian restaurants, the Cuckoo Restaurant in Olinda had a big Russian Night "The Old New Year Eve". The Cuckoo delicious smorgasbord included our Pelmeni and Vareniki which were in high demands. After this night the famous Cuckoo restaurant become our regular customer having Pelmeni and Vareniki in its Menu. Every day hundreds of people from all over the world enjoy our Pelmeni and Vareniki. Welcome to the Cuckoo Restaurant!

Ukraine Radselo - Homeland Cherry Vareniki!

Authors: Valery Pevzner USA, Volodymyr Danchenko Ukraine


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