According to some, Hengel, according to others, hıngel, hangel, Turkish leaf ravioli, or empty ravioli. But the name doesn’t matter. It is one of the dishes that in Turkey, we can never say no to. Normally this recipe counts for 4 people, but once you’ve tasted it, it probably won’t be enough for you! Hangel is a very easy meal to cook, which you can enjoy without any food being cooked with it. Here is the way for how to cook Turkish leaf ravioli. You will love this delicious Turkish recipe…
You may also wish to take a look at the following recipe:
Ingredients for Turkish Leaf Ravioli (Hangel)
(For 4 Persons)
- 4 glasses of flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- A glass of water
To Boil the Dough
- Plenty of water and 1 tablespoon of salt
For Yoghurt Sauce
- 4 cups of yogurt
- 5 garlic cloves
For the Greasy Sauce
- 1 teacup of oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 medium-sized onions
How to Cook Turkish Leaf Ravioli?
1- First of all, pour some of the yogurts into a large plate to serve and leave it to stand as you pour the rest onto the dough later.
2- Secondly, put your yogurt in a bowl, then mash the garlic with salt and add it to the yogurt.
3- After that, finely chop the onions and fry them in oil and butter. Then, add chili and ground pepper and remove them from heat.
4- Then, put the water and salt in a large saucepan and let the water boil.
5- Afterwards, cover your dough with a clean cloth and let it rest for 30-45 minutes.
6- Mix the flour, egg, and salt and add the water slowly. Thus, you will get a harder dough than earlobe softness. Then, knead well, about 10 times.
7- Flour your dough and roll it into a large dough with the help of a roller, flour it well, and wrap it in a rolling pin.
Other Steps to Cook Turkish Leaf Ravioli
8- Using a knife, first cut the top. Then, after removing the rolling pin completely, cut it lengthwise from the middle again and cut it transversely into small squares. Then flour and separate them from each other.
9- Throw the hangel paste in boiling water. Boil it by mixing immediately.
10- After the hangels start to boil on the water, boil it for 3 minutes (you can boil it for a little longer if desired) and strain your dough with a filter.
11- Afterwards, mix the Turkish leaf ravioli with the yogurt you have prepared beforehand. Then, pour the remaining yogurt on it. Finally, you can pour the oily sauce on it and serve.
12- As for the last step, you can now enjoy this wonderful flavor you have cooked.
Tricks of Cooking Turkish Leaf Ravioli
- Knead the ravioli dough until it reaches a consistency that will not stick to the hand.
- You can also prepare the filling with potatoes or cheese.
- Before filling the dough with filling, you can rest it for 15 minutes by covering it.
- You need to be quick after opening to prevent the dough from drying out.
- How long does manti cook? For those who wonder, manti is cooked in boiling water within an average of 10 minutes.
A Little Bit More on Cultural Roots of the Turkish Leaf Ravioli
Hangel is essentially a type of ravioli unique to Georgian cuisine. However, the flavor is a very common traditional food in Turkish cuisine, too. It is especially famous in Turkey’s Kars province, an eastern city of Turkey. It is also commonly cooked in Sivas province, a middle Anatolian city.
Last but not least, a portion of Turkish leaf ravioli consists of 320 calories. What’s more, it’s high in carbohydrates.