Russian/Azerbaijani Pirojki

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Makes 20-25

My family loves these soft and delicious buns and am sure they will be a HIT with your family too! The filling can be either potato or meat (or you can just adapt to your taste). In this case I made both potato and meat filling, then mixed the two together!

Ingredients for Dough
3 cups
all-purpose flour
(15oz / 470g)
1 1/2 tsp.
instant yeast
1 1/2 tsp.
2 tbsp.
castor sugar
1/2 cup
warm milk
(4fl oz. / 125ml)
1 egg + 1 egg white
(reserve the 2nd yolk for glazing)
10 tbsp.
warm water
Ingredients for Potato Filling
3 tbsp.
small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp
garlic paste
juice of 1 lemon
medium potatoes, boiled and peeled
1/3 cup
chopped fresh coriander
chopped green chilli and or red chilli flakes
1 tsp.
red chilli powder
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Ingredients for Meat Filling
3 tbsp.
small onion, chopped
ground beef
any spices of choice like cumin powder, garam masala, garlic and ginger pastes
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Knead the dough adding warm water and mixing together until its smooth and elastic. Cover and set aside for about 30-40mins.

In the meantime, prepare the filling. To prepare the potato filling, in a medium non-stick frying pan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 7 minutes, or until lightly brown. In a mixing bowl, mash the boiled potatoes. Add the fried onion, fresh herbs, chopped chilli, lemon juice season with salt, chili powder and pepper, and mix well.

To prepare the meat filling, in a medium non-stick frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and sauté for about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add the meat and stir-fry together for about 10 minutes, or until the meat is brown. Season with salt and pepper and spices of your choice to taste.

You can then mix the two fillings together if you want. That's what I did.

Form the dough into 20-25 small balls. Shape each one of them either with a rolling pin or using your hand, into a small circle. Put the filling in the center and pinch the edges together at the top to seal. Turn the pockets over so the seam is underneath and then flatten them a little. Then place on a greased tray.

Let them sit for about 15mins, then apply egg yolk and bake at 180 C for about 25mins or until golden.



It looks really nice.n souns delicious but I hope my out cm will look this nice

Hi fauzia,I tried the Russian azerbaijani Pirojki,I used my own filling and it came out totally awesome,my family really enjoyed it,thank u so much,ever since I check out your recipes,u some how motivate me to try it.again thank u so much,u are such a blessing.

thanx fauzia ur sooooooooooo gooooood.i,m going 2 prepare the pirozki & i,ll post the same as soon as possible

salamz can u add kunafa recipe plz ..

Hello,I love your website and recipes, I was just wondering how do you keep the seams from opening up or should I apply water to make them stick

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Hi and thank you! Make sure the dough is really soft and sticky to begin with, so it will stick together when you just 'pinch' the dough to seal it at the seam. If the dough is not sticky/soft enough, it will keep opening. In that case you can touch some water, dampen the dough a bit and pinch it sealed.

Hi fauzia I love all ur recipes! Thank u so much..Allah bless u always!

Salaams Fauzia. Tried this one and it turned out great! the dough was very soft and used my own filling. Will definitely do this again!! Thanks

Salams all. Can I make this with a chicken filling? Any tips? X

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W/Salaam, yes you can. Please refer to my chicken filling recipes in the fillings & toppings folder.