Sharing my mom’s secret to the softest and fluffiest piroshki (Russian hand pies) with simple beef and rice filling, but you can fill yours with whatever your heart desires.
Combine flour, yeast and salt. Add vegetable oil and water and mix until smooth. Cover with damp kitchen towel.
Add the meat, garlic and salt. Cook, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon, until cooked through and mix it with rice.
To make the hand pies, flatten the dough with your hands. Put the filling in the center and fold in half. Pinch the edges of the dough to seal.
Once all the hand pies are formed, heat 1-inch oil in a large skillet, or dutch oven. Drop 4 hand pies in the hot oil and cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes.