I made some khinkali this past week, to try it out as a possible church food festival dish. In all it went fairly well. Because I’m apparently too careless to follow instructions, I just read the ingredients, and put them together in a way that seemed reasonable under the circumstances. My recipe looking something like this:
Take some flour. Add some salt. Add some water, until dough seems sticky enough. Set aside.
Buy some ground beef — whatever looks reasonable. Buy also some onions, and cilantro. Pull some spices out of the pantry. Chop the onions, put them in the meat. Mash them together. Remember that you bought cilantro. Chop that up and mash into beef. Add salt, pepper, and random spices (I remember curry being involved).
Boil a pot of water big enough for about four khinkali
Pinch, roll, douse, and otherwise do whatever it takes to get a lump of flour and water into round, thin dumpling cases. Add filling. Put water on edges and pleat. Place in more or less boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes.
Pepper, pick up with hands, and eat.
And that’s that. They were surprisingly decent. It’s amazing how well things can go in cooking with only the vaguest idea what one is doing and no experience at all.