Afghan Meat Filled Pasta (Mantou)

Recipe by Andtototoo
READY IN: 2hrs




  • To Make the Yogurt Sauce: Mix together the 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoons salt.
  • Chill until ready to serve.
  • To Make the Tomato Sauce: Slice the 1/2 yellow onion and boil in a medium-size saucepan with the 1 1/2 cups water until tender.
  • Drain.
  • In a blender put the cooked onion slices, 8 oz. tomato sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander and 1/2 teaspoons salt.
  • Puree.
  • Put into a medium-size saucepan.
  • Add the diced carrot and chickpeas and cook the tomato sauce until the carrots are tender.
  • To Make the Stuffed Pasta: In a large frying pan cook the meat, 2 diced onions, green bell pepper, 1 Table. garlic powder, 1 Table. ground coriander, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoons cayenne.
  • When browned, add 2 cups water and cook until the water evaporates.
  • Let cool somewhat.
  • Put 1 Table. of the meat mixture in the center of a won ton square (3 1/2 " x 3 1/2").
  • Wet edges with water.
  • Pull 2 opposite corners together in center and firmly seal.
  • Do the same with the opposite corners, sealing all together.
  • Repeat with remaining filling and won ton wrappers until of it is all used up.
  • Oil a metal vegetable steamer and place the filled won tons on it.
  • Cover and steam 15-20 minutes.
  • To Serve: Spread a thin layer of yogurt sauce on each plate.
  • Put stuffed pasta on each plate and drizzle a little yogurt over each.
  • Drizzle tomato sauce over each pasta.
  • Garnish with the dried mint leaves and chopped fresh cilantro.