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Can I cook Belarusian draniki myself?

updated on 30/05/2014

Draniki - or potato pancakes - are a traditional Belarusian dish. It is very popular in other countries including Russia (kakorki), Ukraine (deruny) and Israel (latkes) but surely the most delicious draniki can be tasted only in Belarus.

If the ingredients are available at your home food market why not cook draniki yourself? Here comes one of the most common recipes of Belarusian draniki. A necessary requirement: when getting down to business, the cook must be in a fine mood.

Wash the potatoes clean, peel them and after washing again grate them using a small grater or grind them using a blender or a meat chopper. If there is too much potato juice, remove it. To prevent draniki from getting dark, you may add a spoon of sour cream into the dough.

Draniki served in Ozertso Museum Tavern

Ingredients (meal for 1-2 guests): Potatoes (5-6), Onion (1-2), Egg (1), Flour (2 large spoons), Sunflower oil, Salt, Black pepper

Grind the onions and add them to the potato dough. It is up to you whether to also add dill or parsley. Add eggs, salt, flour and black pepper. You shouldn’t add any other spices so as not to kill the natural taste of draniki. Mix it all into a uniform mass.

Heat a pan and pour some sunflower oil onto it. Put the potato dough on the hot pan using a large spoon to create pancakes of the size you like. Note, that the smaller the pancakes, the easier they are to handle. Let the pancakes fry for a couple of minutes until the first side gets roasted, turn them over and remove them from the pan when it's of the desired condition.

Belarusian draniki are normally served hot with cold sour cream. Other stuffings such as mushrooms or meat (draniki with the latter are called kolduny in Belarus) are up to you. And don’t leave them in the fridge overnight – they will loose taste!

If cooking is not your strongest suit, the map below will throw some light onto the best cooking spots in Minsk. Naturally, the list is based on my experience only and is focused on the Belarusian cuisine.

Cooking draniki at home!

Questions are welcome!

Andrei Burdenkov - your personal guide in Belarus
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