Aushak are Afghani leek dumplings filled with marinated leeks, steamed
and then topped with ground beef, yogurt sauce and crushed dried
For the ground beef topping: For
the yogurt sauce:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 lb. Lean ground beef 1-2
cloves crushed garlic
1 medium yellow onion finely chopped Salt
1 teaspoon tomato paste
2-3 cloves garlic (crushed)
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed
1 leek thoroughly washed/finely chopped
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
4” square wonton wrappers
Crushed dried mint
In a bowl, sprinkle a pinch of cayenne and some salt to the thoroughly
washed and finely chopped leeks. Mix well and set aside to marinate.
In a small bowl, mix the yogurt, garlic and salt. Also set aside.
Put 1 tablespoon of the leek mixture in the center of each wonton
wrapper. With a small brush or with your finger wet the edges of
the wonton wrapper. Close each wrapper diagonally so that you end
up with a triangle.
Press the sides together to achieve a good seal.
Repeat with the rest of the leek mixture.
In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions
and cook until translucent and soft (5 min.).
Add the ground beef and cook, stirring constantly so that the meat
does not form any lumps and stays nice and loose. When the
meat browns, add the salt, pepper, coriander and garlic to the mixture.
Stir in the tomato paste and a cup of water. Simmer, stirring
occasionally, until the liquid reduces a bit and the sauce is still
moist but not too runny. Keep warm.
In a steamer, bring 2” of water to a boil. With a brush,
slightly grease the bottom of the steamer (to prevent the dumplings
from sticking to the bottom of the pot). Arrange the dumplings
in a single layer making sure that they are not touching each-other.
Close the lid and steam the dumplings for 3 to 4 minutes.
To plate the dumplings:
Spread a thin layer of the yogurt sauce on the bottom of a plate.
Arrange the hot dumplings on the thin layer of yogurt.
Top the dumplings with the ground beef.
Drizzle more yogurt sauce on top and finally sprinkle with some
crushed dry mint. Enjoy!