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Potato Pancakes
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Potato Pancakes/Draniki (Belarus)

Potato Pancakes are common in Poland, Russia, and Belarus. They are made my grating potatoes with onion, an egg, and some seasonings and then frying in oil. Best enjoyed with sour cream or apple sauce, Potato Pancakes are great for any meal. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Belarus
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 pancakes
Calories 101kcal


  • 6 idaho potatoes
  • ½ sweet onion grated
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • sour cream for topping optional
  • applesauce for topping optional


  • Peel and grate the potatoes. Place grated pieces in a bowl of water. 
  • When all of the potatoes have soaked in the water, lay out a piece of paper towel. Fill the paper towel with the potatoes, bring the corners together and squeeze the excess water out of the potatoes and into a separate bowl.
  • Once the water settles, discard the brown water at the top. At the bottom of each bowl (where the potatoes originally soaked and where the extra water was squeezed into) there should be a white, cloudy substance at the bottom of the bowl. Scrape out this substance and put it back into the potatoes. 
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients into the potatoes as well. 
  • Heat the oil on the stove. When oil is hot enough (for tips, see blog post above), add about 2 tbsp of potato mixture to the oil. Flatten with a spatula, and fry until brown. Flip and fry until the other side is brown. Drain on paper towel to remove excess oil. Serve with sour cream or apple sauce. Enjoy! 


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg