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  • Writer's pictureAnita Chastain

Easy Draniki Recipe (Potato Pancakes)

This recipe was graciously provided by Lyuda at A Blissful Nook.

Lyuda's Personal Connection to Draniki

Lyuda at the food blog, A Blissful Nook, shared this information about her love for draniki:

"Draniki are dear to my heart. I grew up in Ukraine and my parents had this huge garden, and they grew their own potatoes; my mom would often make us Draniki with homegrown potatoes, which makes them so much better. We had draniki at least a couple of times a week. It's a dish that brings me back to my childhood and my roots. And now I make it for my own children, and they love it as much as I do."

What is Draniki?

According to Lyuda, draniki (also known as deruny) are basically deep-fried potato pancakes. The recipe originated in eastern European countries. Draniki is also the national dish of Belarus.

The ingredients consist of mainly grated potatoes, onion, salt, and egg. Lyuda also pointed out that draniki are inexpensive and easy to make. While they are nutritious, they are also delicious to eat.

They taste great on their own, but draniki are delicious with sour cream. A match made in heaven, according to Lyuda!

3 Tips for Making Draniki

Here are Lyuda's three top tips:

  1. Use Yukon Gold potatoes for taste, color, and starch content.

  2. Grate potatoes using the finest holes on a box grater for the best texture when cooked.

  3. Serve right away - while they're hot - for the best flavor and crunch.

Ingredient List

  • 1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes

  • 1 Yellow onion

  • 3 Tbsp flour

  • 1 Egg

  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise

  • Salt

  • Black pepper

  • Sour cream (for dipping)


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Recipe card showing cooked draniki

Recipe Instructions

1. Wash the potatoes, then peel and grate them using the finest (smallest) holes on a handheld box grater.

2. After grating, drain away the excess water using a spoon, strainer, or cheesecloth.

3. Grate the onion using the finest (smallest) holes on the box grater.

4. Place the grated potatoes in a large bowl, then add the egg, flour, grated onion, and mayonnaise. Mix well, then season the mixture with salt and pepper.

5. Add oil to a frying pan and preheat. When the oil is hot, scoop 4-5 large spoonfuls of the potato batter and drop it into the frying pan. Flatten the mixture using the back of a spoon. (This will give it a circle shape.)

6. Cook on medium-high heat until the draniki turn golden brown, then flip them over and cook the other side.

7. When cooked, remove the draniki and place them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Repeat the instructions above until all of the batter is cooked.

Serve draniki immediately with sour cream as a dipping sauce.


A Big Thank You

I want to thank Lyuda for graciously sharing her draniki recipe. I hope you enjoy them. Head over to her blog for more recipes.

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