Thursday, January 17, 2013

#43 Belarus' National Dish: Draniki

Draniki is potato pancake. It is the national dish of Belarus. Served as part of the main dish, it is soft and tastes great by itself, but more delicious when topped with light sour cream. I served it with cucumber and topped it with garlic chili sauce. It was so good. Traditional recipes usually include flour, but our recipe does not have it. Still really delicious! I made more the next day because I missed it! I grated the potatoes by hand, and that consumed a lot of time, but it was worth every minute spent.




1 1/2 cups finely grated potatoes
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon sunflower oil

  1. Wash and dry potatoes. Peel and then finely grate all of the potatoes.
  2. Add eggs and salt to the grated potatoes.
  3. In a non stick frying pan, heat sunflower oil, then pour 1/4 cup of mixture for each pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve warm.


What my little family and I learned about Belarus:
  • It's capital is Minsk.
  • It has fascinating beauty. The country is landlocked with 5 borders: Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
  • It is relatively flat, the highest point is 1,132 ft, with 40% covered with forests (according to a 2005 UN estimate) and  it has 11,000 lakes. 
  • We enjoyed looking at photos of the 4 world heritage sites in Belarus: the Mir Castle Complex, the Nesvizh Castle, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the Struve Geodetic Arc. Visit their official website and find out more about Fantastic Belarus:
  • If you want to give tips in Belarus, you can give only 5% of the total amount and it is appreciated in restaurants and cafés (15-20% in California!), because it is entirely discretionary.  Drivers and hotel staffs do not expect tips.
  • People are very hospitable. :)

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