Potato And Pumpkin Dumplings

Russian vareniki are stuffed dumplings. Filling could be sweet or savoury.


Potato And Pumpkin Dumplings
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
10 min
For The Filling
  1. 3-4 medium potatoes
  2. 5-6 tbsp frying oil
  3. 1 large onion, finely chopped
  4. 100 g pumpkin, grated
  5. salt and pepper to taste
For The Dough
  1. 160 ml lukewarm water
  2. 1/2 tsp salt
  3. ~230 g plain flour
To Garnish
  1. butter
  1. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut into small pieces. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Simmer until cooked. Mash and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan, add chopped onion and grated pumpkin. Add a ladle of water and sweat until soft. Remove from the heat, let it cool.
  3. To make a dough, pour water in a mixing bowl. Add salt. Gradually add the flour and knead an elastic non-sticky dough. Cover with a cling film and set aside for ~20 mins.
  4. Combine mashed potato with fried onion and pumpkin. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roll the dough ~0.3 cm thick, cut in rectangles. Place the filling in the middle, fold in half and seal the edges securely.
  6. In a large saucepan bring water to a boil, add 1 tbsp salt for 1 ½ litre. Cook the dumplings in batches for ~3-5 min.
  7. Prepare a large shallow plate, spread over a small piece of butter and arrange the dumplings on the plate. Use a skimmer to take the dumplings out of the boiling water.
  8. Spread over a little butter so the dumplings do not to stick. Serve.
  1. If not going to cook all the dumplings, place the dumplings (not cooked) in a shallow dish dusted with flour, cover with a cling film and freeze.
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