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Quick and Easy Pelmeni Delights from Grandma's Perogies for Busy North American Families

Posted in Recipes, on 15 December 2023, by , 0 Comments

Welcome to our culinary voyage of the delightful world of pelmeni – the iconic dumplings that have delighted taste buds for centuries. Explore the fascinating history of pelmeni and the art of cooking these delectable treats. Take a step back in time to uncover the origins of pelmeni and discover the cultural significance of this beloved dumpling, showcasing how it has become a cherished culinary tradition. 

The History of Pelmeni

Pelmeni has a storied history that traces its roots back to Siberia in the 15th century. The word “pelmeni” is believed to derive from the Finno-Ugric word “pelm,” meaning ear-shaped bread or pastry – a nod to the dumplings’ distinctive shape. Originating among the indigenous Finno-Ugric and Turkic people, pelmeni was created as a convenient and portable food source that could withstand the harsh winter conditions of the region. Over time, pelmeni spread across Eastern Europe, evolving with regional influences. The dish gained popularity due to its simplicity, versatility, and heartiness, making it a staple in various cuisines.

Pelmeni are not just a meal; they are a cultural symbol. Making pelmeni is a cherished tradition passed down through generations. Traditionally prepared and enjoyed during special occasions and festivals, these dumplings unite people, fostering community and festivity. Understanding the cultural significance of pelmeni adds a layer of appreciation for this culinary delight.

The Art of Pelmeni Cooking


To prepare the perfect pelmeni, we start with high-quality ingredients. A classic Pelmeni filling consists of minced meat, typically a beef and pork blend seasoned with salt, pepper, and sometimes garlic. The dough, a simple mixture of flour, water, and salt, should be tender yet resilient.

Shaping the Dumplings:

Shaping pelmeni is an art. Precision is critical to opt for the traditional method of hand-rolling each dumpling or using a Pelmeni mould for efficiency. The classic shape – a folded half-moon – ensures the perfect balance of dough and filling in every bite.

Cooking Techniques:

Pelmeni are typically boiled, but they can also be pan-fried or steamed for a delightful variation in texture. Achieving the ideal level of doneness is crucial – the dumplings should be tender, with the meat filling cooked to perfection.

Bringing Pelmeni to Your Table:

We’ve got something special for you to make your pelmeni even more delicious – a signature Grandma’s Perogies sauce recipe that will ideally spread the delightfulness of this dish!

Try our recommended souse recipe to add flavour to your dish, elevating your family’s dining experience. 

Tomato Sauce from Grandma’s Perogies


  • 1 litre can of Roma plum tomato
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 4-6 basil leaves
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 shallots
  • Olive oil (first cold press is the best)


  1. Dice the shallots into roughly 5-millimeter cuts. 
  2. Crush the garlic cloves in the saucepan, add oil, and start sautéing the shallots and garlic (fry quickly in a little hot fat). Don’t let this burn; keep stirring. 
  3. Add your tomatoes from the can. If you don’t have enough, you can use fresh tomatoes. 
  4. Add the bay leaves and cook on low heat for an hour. Stir once in a whole. 
  5. When done, blend it all with fresh basil. Season as you like with salt/pepper.

With its rich history and delightful flavours, pelmeni is more than just a dish – it’s a culinary journey through time and tradition. At Grandma’s Perogies, we take pride in crafting premium pelmeni that honor tradition while embracing modern culinary standards. Our commitment to quality ensures a delicious and authentic Pelmeni experience every time. 

Join Grandma’s Perogies in savouring the timeless appeal of pelmeni, where every bite tells a story of heritage and craftsmanship! 

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