Savoury potato pancakes draniki are similar to hash browns and can be an excellent weekend breakfast or brunch. Adding some minced meat you can even upgrade them to a dinner solution.

Draniki are often served with smetana (Russian sour cream) or plain yoghurt dip. The recipe comes from Belarus where potatoes are loved dearly.


By admin Published: October 12, 2013

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Ready In: 50 mins

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  • 12 medium-size potatoes (or 8 large) - peeled
  • 1 onion peeled
  • 2 eggs
  • salt/pepper (to taste)
  • oil (for frying)
  • smetana (or plain yoghurt/crème fraîche)


    • Peel the potatoes and onion and grate them over the perforated side of the grater. Pour out extra liquid using a spoon.

    • Break the egg and mix in. Add salt and pepper.

    • Heat a generous amount of oil in the frying pan.

    • With a chef's spoon pour the potato mixture onto the frying pan making small pancakes. On medium-high heat fry on one side until crispy and golden.
      Flip over, quickly fry the other side and cover with a lid/plate for a few minutes. Repeat the same procedure for the following round of draniki.

    • As you collect the fried draniki, cover them with with a lid/plate to keep them warm.

    • Serve hot with sour cream.

    Option 2. – With minced meat

    Mix the minced meat with salt and pepper. When frying the draniki, put a bit of the meat on top of the pancake. Flatten the meat and cover it up with another spoon of potato mixture. Fry both sides.

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