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Russian pancakes. Oladi

Absolutely traditional Russian breakfast! Absolutely amazing taste! Cooking oladi will take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time but they worth every single minute! Nothing can be better on breakfast! Hot, just fried, soft inside and a bit crispy edge! It’s a best breakfast for you and your kids! Serve them with a sour cream, honey, jam or fresh berries and enjoy your breakfast! If you were in Russia and haven’t got a chance to taste Russian oladi – well, I consider you have never been in Russia at all.

Russian pancakes. Oladi

Russian pancakes. Oladi

There are 2 varieties of pancakes – blinchiki and oladi. When I’m traveling overseas I’m almost 100% sure that I can find pancakes  in a menu, but the result I see on my plate is always unpredictable! Blinchiki, oladi – they all are called pancakes but it’s a HUGE difference between them! So, I feel that sharing the traditional Russian pancakes recipe is a necessity to avoid any possible mix ups.  I’ll post blinchiki’s recipe soon, you’ll see the difference by yourself.

To cook oladi you need:

1 egg

1 pt kefir = 0.5 liter

4 tablespoons sugar

pinch of salt

7-8 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon baking soda slaked in vinegar

Yield: 30-40 oladi , 3-4 servings.

In a medium bowl whisk (I always do it by fork) kefir, egg, sugar and salt – 1 minute, just to blend the ingredients. Than add flour and whisk everything for another 1 minute (by fork or spoon, do not use mixer!). Measure a teaspoon of a baking soda (may be a bit less, not a big deal) and pour it into a tablespoon, fill baking soda with a vinegar (about a half teaspoon) and add fizzy mixture to pastry. Blend just a little bit and pastry is ready! I bet you spent no more than 5 minutes to prepare it! The consistence of pastry should be as a sour cream, a bit thiny than a sponge pastry.  Now it’s time to preheat a fry pan with 5-6 tablespoon of oil, spoon up a pastry and fry in a medium heat 1-2 minutes from each side.



Russian pancakes

Russian pancakes

p.s. American recipes are my new passion! I invite you to share it with me. I’ve just joined Secret Recipe Forum and bought a really interesting and useful resource – Cook book collection with Restaurants recipes, it’s called America’s Secret Recipes. If you like and enjoy food like i do – you should give it a try. Really nice community to be with!

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  • Dave July 9, 2009, 5:56 pm

    Those look AWESOME. I can’t wait until Saturday so I can make them for the family. Спасибо!

  • Angela July 9, 2009, 11:33 pm

    he fruit makes the pancakes really look good. Will be trying this recipe very soon.

  • Juls July 10, 2009, 1:39 pm

    Love them, I wanna try oladi!

  • Lelik July 10, 2009, 6:48 pm

    Dave, thank you very much! Their taste is awesome as well, if you have difficulties cooking oladi, I would be more that happy to help or answer to your questions if you have any. Hope your family will be satisfied!

  • Lelik July 10, 2009, 6:51 pm

    Angela and Juls,

    thank you, this recipe is EXTREMELY easy, hope you’ll like them

  • marie July 15, 2009, 5:55 pm

    All this look very nice. I think I will try too :)

  • Alisa July 18, 2009, 6:35 pm

    I love pancakes and I cant wait to try this too, really curious about what baking soda and vinegar will do to the pancake batter.

  • Ruri@Free article directory August 20, 2009, 6:00 pm

    I wondering how many type of pancake that rusia have? I seen many topic about different pancake in this blog.
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  • Tallya October 10, 2009, 7:49 am

    For those who asked, I never tried these but my mom makes them very similar and they are very good :)

  • Reina @ Mini Food Processors November 10, 2009, 5:33 am

    Wow! There are still more variations of the pancake.
    The pictures are real nice!
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  • Jeff @ Electric Fry Pan December 19, 2009, 9:30 pm

    They look really great, I’d love to make this for breakfast. Would go well with many toppings I like. Thanks for the recipe.
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  • Chasey@female bodybuilding January 28, 2010, 3:43 am

    Absolutely traditional russian breakfast! absolutely amazing taste! cooking oladi will take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time but they worth every single minute!
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  • Sony February 15, 2010, 12:13 pm

    Those look AWESOME. I can’t wait until Saturday so I can make them for the family. Спасибо!

  • naz@cape town March 8, 2010, 3:42 pm

    la beautiful pancakes, oh how I love the smell of pancakes in my home when I wake up! So sweet, I cannot wait till tomorrow. When I awake I shall try this wonderful recipe of yours. Voila!
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  • Lori@Russian Piroshki Recipe May 8, 2010, 9:26 am

    Those look so good! When I was growing up there was a Russian family nearby that our family was friends with. The mother made the most incredible borscht, and very good blini too. The only things that I ever learned how to make was the piroshki and the meatballs, but I made them often. :-)

    I think I’ll have to try your pancake recipe too!
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  • wholesale salvia May 15, 2010, 11:33 am

    Thin layered blini with melted butter.. a true Royal Russian breakfast!

  • Boah May 25, 2010, 6:26 pm

    I followed the recipe an made oladii for breakfast. I just would like to warn some people that using 1 pint of kefir (2 cups) and only 7-8 tblspoons of flour will yield a very thin and liquidy mixture that will burn right away. You need to add at least double that amount of flour or cut the amount of kefir in half.

  • law school June 1, 2010, 6:27 am

    Pan cakes are my favorite. But I didn’t try this recipe yet. Thanks for sharing.

  • Brian@lightweight aluminium panels June 2, 2010, 10:18 pm

    Thanks Lelik, I’ll try this weekend. I love Russian pancakes. I’ve tried the very thin ones. These go great with berries. Can I mix with wheat germ?

  • Mark@bunn home coffee maker June 22, 2010, 11:09 pm

    I have had Oladi most often with sour cream, and they are absolutely delicious. Would you be able to substitute wheat flour for regular white flour because I normally try to cook healthier? I didn’t know if it would ruin the consistency.

  • abgajoy @kek lapis sarawak August 4, 2010, 12:32 pm

    At my place we called it ‘Lempeng’. Eat with sweet milk and sometime honey =). When look at the picture look very tasty though make me hungry lol.

  • Karen@salon August 30, 2010, 7:01 pm

    Mouth-watery recipe. This is good for snacks. I will try to cook it at home paired with non-dairy milk or juice. My kids will surely love this.

  • Robert F. Filcsik Photography October 12, 2010, 7:53 am

    I love the smell of pancakes in my home when I wake up. The fruit makes the pancakes really look good. These go great with berries can I mix with wheat germ. This look so good.

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