Mongolian Buuz (Dumplings) – A traditional Mongolian delight!

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Mongolian Buuz is a cherished dish in our family, passed down through generations. These dumplings are juicy on the inside and boast a beautifully golden, crispy base. Let’s dive into the wonderful world of Mongolian Buuz with this authentic recipe.


The ingredients are simple yet full of flavor: minced lamb or beef, onions, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Buuz is traditionally made with lamb, but beef is a great alternative.


Start by finely chopping onions and mincing garlic and ginger. Sauté them in a pan until they become aromatic and the onions turn translucent.

Mix the sautéed onion mixture with your choice of minced meat (lamb or beef). Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Don’t be shy with the seasoning; it’s the key to making flavorful Buuz.

It’s time to create the dumpling wrappers. You can make your own dough or use store-bought dumpling wrappers for convenience. Roll out the dough into circles, ensuring they are thin and pliable.

Place a spoonful of the meat mixture in the center of each wrapper. Be generous, as you want these dumplings to be juicy and flavorful.

Now, comes the fun part – folding and sealing the dumplings. There are various ways to do it, but the classic pleated crescent shape works perfectly. Pinch the edges together and make pleats to seal the Buuz securely.

In a large skillet, heat oil until it’s hot and shimmering. Arrange the Buuz in the skillet with the pleated side up. Cook until the base turns golden and crispy, creating that mouthwatering texture.

Add a bit of water to the skillet, cover it, and let the Buuz steam for about 15-20 minutes. This ensures the filling cooks through and becomes juicy.

Serve your Mongolian Buuz hot, with a dipping sauce of your choice. A mix of soy sauce and vinegar with a touch of chili works wonderfully.

Gather your family and friends for a delightful Buuz-wrapping session, much like our own tradition. The act of making these dumplings together makes the experience even more special.

Savor your homemade Mongolian Buuz, and revel in the combination of juicy meat, crispy base, and a touch of family tradition.

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