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Veronika Veronika | 13:00 UK time, Friday, 3 December 2010

Dear friends,
As a girl who is trying to be a good hostess, first of all I lay the table ;) Hope you'll enjoy.

So…What to eat in Belarus?

In fast-food and plenty-of-exotic-cuisines times there are still some cafes and restaurants keeping culinary traditions in Belarus.

If you ask what Belarusians eat, one would remember potatoes and would call draniki (дранікі) a national dish. According to restaurants e-guides, you can try these famous thick pancakes from grated potatoes at more than fifty places in the capital of the country – Minsk. Cooks fill them with pork, mushrooms or combine with caviar or sour cream (not sweet yoghurt).


But it is far from being all that Belarusian cuisine can please you with. The unique sauce from meat and relish -- machanka (мачанка) is usually used with pancakes. And pancakes have been also known here for ages, since the times when peasants made them early in the morning and took to fields. Now the dish is popular both as a main course and as a desert, depending on the filling, which can be done from fruits, cottage cheese, meat or whatever you would like. There are some museums that are recreating customs of Belarusian village. There you can see pancakes are being made in a stove.




In a daily life real stoves from brick are replaced with ovens and microwaves, that’s why jugs are becoming amazing to us. But every menu that has “Belarusian dishes” page also has a part “dishes in jugs” in it. Inside a jug you can find a roast meat or any varieties from potatoes.






Apart from trying nice traditional food you can look at traditional Belarusian interior with frescos and wood engraving in specialized cafes or restaurants. Some of them give unusual vision of it. Many places work for their originality, reproducing of traditional Belarusian rural house or an ancient castle look. The food can be done on coals and be served by waitress in stylized uniform.


However, in the most of menu like in the ration of most Belarusians, our national dishes are adjoined with others’ ones. Many restaurants and cafes often offer popular pizza, sushi, foie gras and so on, while at home people usually cook something simple and fast to do (it can be cereals, potatoes, meat rissoles, chops, fish, salads and soups).


Bon appetit! Or in Belarusian: “ Смачна есці! (Smachna Yesti!)”


P.S.: I had luck to see (unfortunately not to try) some dishes at culinary contest in my little native town. That’s considered to be in public catering places. I would like to share these pics with you too. More so that there was a table in traditional Belarusian style.




P.S.S.: And this is the national dish of the lazy girl;) something, that I’m going to eat now)))




  • Comment number 1.

    Everything looks so delicious that I immediately got hungry :) You gave us a hearty welcome- thank you for it! I am eagerly expecting your next posts!
    Eny from Bulgaria

  • Comment number 2.

    Eny...You're my man (or my woman) !
    You are terribly wright!
    Dishes look wonderful and delicious.
    Draniki seems to be a sort of omelette with potatoes, isn't it?
    I got many ideas for tonight's dinner...I'll try and let you know!
    See you tomorrow

    Good evening


  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Veronika,

    I'm hungry (^_^).

    Great post. You're great.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 4.

    wow you ve made a great representation of your culinary traditions easy to be understood by every one even we can cook dranici you give us an idea how it s cooked so those who like cuisine have to just try it!thank you
    hadjer from algeria waiting more

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello, Veronika! Thanks for your post. The thick pancakes from grated potatoes look very tempting. I like them with any filling, salty or sweet. They are always delicious. What it is not common for me is the "dishes in jugs". As you say at home we usually prefer simple food made with good ingredients and with all our care. I´m going to the kitchen, it´s time for dinner here. My regards. Beatriz. Argentina.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Veronika, hi everyone!
    Very nice post! I have my mouth watering, and I've just had breakfast! In Russia we have thick pancakes which are called olad'i (oladushki). But they are made out of flour, not of grated potatoes. They are quite different from Belarusian draniki, it seems. Have you tasted stuffed pike (фаршированную щуку) yourself? It's tasty, but this fish has too many bones. One should be careful eating it. I like your 'lazy' dish. I myself prefer it for my breakfast quite often.

    Best wishes,
    Svetlana, Russia

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Veronika, I very glad to see you here, my dear neighbor!

    Both your posts are great! Your style is very easy reading and content is interesting. After last article I think all of us want to try your national dishes. And I am no exception :) fortunately I know some recepts of the draniki and pancakes because our cuisines are very similar.

    Wish you good luck with your blog and I look forward to next post.
    Marina from Miscow.

  • Comment number 8.

    Dear vironika ,

    Thank you for this wonderful participation , You made me break my fast twice this day :) According to the pictures it seems very tasty , so I would like to give me some ^_^ .


  • Comment number 9.

    hi Veronika
    Dishes look deliciuos.We've got the same pancakes made of grated potatoes.Have a nice day
    Martin from Poland

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Veronika! Although I have just had lunch, I cannot help but feeling peckish again especially after seeing these tidbits. How about your eating hours? Do people in Belarus have dinner early in the evening? Have a great weekend and cheers!!

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Veronika! Your post is so cool. It's introduced me the typical food looked delicious in Belarus. I really wanna taste it!

  • Comment number 12.

    Hello Veronika

    I like your post. You have also introduced us your traditional delicious dishes.
    I look forward new blog.

    Thank you

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Veronika!

    Thak you for a nice post and revealing the pictures of such yummy looking dishes. Buy the way, I got the Enlish word for draniki.In English they call them hash browns. Well, to me Belarasin cuisine is quite similar to Russian one. The same pancakes and many other stuff that people eat in Russia. However, you gays of corse have something unique like the machanka.

    I am looking forward hearing from you in the near future.

    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi, Veronika!
    Thank you for this deliciuos post. Yesterday when I was reading your letter, I decided to cook hash browns (draniki), they were great I should say.
    Thank you one more time. I'm looking forward to your new post.
    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 15.


    It has been fascinating to read your amazing post. I have to say all the dishes make my mouth watering.

    Cooking is a passion of mine,by the way.

    Rachel from China

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  • Comment number 17.

    Hi hi!
    Carota, how was the dinner? Did anyone else try to do sth of it? :) Tatiana, i'm glad that you enjoyed draniki;)
    Svetlana, yeah, i tried stuffed pike, but i like it looks more than its taste)))
    Filippo, as for me, i don't have special hours at all:) i eat when i want to eat:) but mostly we have breakfast, then we eat at 13-14 (for me it can be breakfast sometimes:) and then in the evening, may be about 18-19.

  • Comment number 18.

    hello,they look very good ,I'd like to enjoy these.and I'm a fan of cooking, but I only make Chinese food.

  • Comment number 19.

    G'Day Veronika! I see that we almost have the same eating hours!! Have a good day!!

  • Comment number 20.

    dear Veronika,
    firstly thank you for your post, ı would like to tell you we have similar dishes in my country, the only differences are names:) of course every country has own dish name.ı like to cooking whıch you sent us at the begining... and in the second picture we say that is krep:) ı was in malta and ı had friend from russıa one day ı cooked for her some meal and she told me; we have same,and she is your neigbour. just ı have remember why our table so similar,.. maybe vegetable is from anywhere..:)

    take care

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Veronika and everyone!

    I come from Poland, so your country is located near to mine. I like your topic. It's really curious that we can know national dishes from different country in front of the screen. Sometimes when I go on holiday abroad I am afraid of trying something that I don't know what it contain. This topic is really instructive.
    Thanks a lot.

    Best wishes
    Kate (Poland)

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  • Comment number 23.

    Hello Veronika,

    Your note about the eating out in Belarus is great and pretty interesting. I feel saliva on my t-shirt after watching picturies and reading recipes. It was hard enough to keep my mind in good because I'm sitting at the courses in the institute now and I'm as hungry as a hunter:D
    But anyway thanks for your post. I'll call my grandmother and say to her she would cook draniki:)

    Best wishes,



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