This tasty, simple and filling handheld beef or mutton pastry has its origins in the dumplings of neighbouring China, says Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: Mongolia’s Millicent Bogert
What is the dish?
Khuushuur – Mongolia’s version of a handheld meat pastry. It’s a circle of wheat flour dough folded in half around a filling of minced or ground mutton, sometimes beef, and pan- or deep-fried. The meat is seasoned with onion and salt; some cooks add garlic and pepper as well. It’s possible to get versions with a mix of potatoes, carrots and/or cabbage as well, but these are far less popular. (Vegetarians beware: the veg versions can taste strongly of mutton from the cooking oil.)
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