Mongolian Fried Pies

My friend Dorna recently visited our mutual friend Lauren in Mongolian, where Lauren has been working on a documentary about Mongolian music (check out the awesome blog she's created to document her experience here).  During the trip, Dorna sent me a picture of women making khuushuur, a fried Mongolian goat meat pie. Says Dorna:

As far as I can tell, Mongolians have a pretty limited ingredients list. Meat, flour, and sometimes other things. One of the more delicious combinations of these ingredients results in khuushuur, which looks suspiciously like fried pies...

Wikipedia has some things it wants to say too: ahem ahem: "Some Mongolians hold the fresh khuushuur between their palms and also with the tips of all fingers to stimulate the nerves and blood circulation in the hands. This is believed to be curative. In some occasions, a hot khuushuur is placed on the soles of the feet and other selected places to treat neurosis and health conditions related to the balance of the air element of the five elements composing the human body."  -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khuushuur

From empanadas to khuushuur to Southern American fried apple pies- fried pies are an international phenomenon.