BELARUS

This flag was adopted as a modification to the flag that had existed during the time that Belarus was under the rule of the Soviet Union.
COUNTRYBelarus
DishesDraniki (Potato Latke), Borscht
Time 1 hour
Effort 5/10
Rough cost £5
COUNTRY Belarus
Capital Minsk
Population 9, 491, 446 (93rd)
Land mass 207, 595 km2 (84th)
Languages Belarusian, Russian
Religionsno official, but primarily orthodox Christianity

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Lockdown grub-trott number 4 – Belarus! We kept it simple and went for the national dish Draniki, which is a fried potato cake, and Borscht, which is a delicious beetroot soup. Both of these dishes are comforting and so tasty, cheap and easy to make. Lets jump right in!

RECIPES

Draniki (Potato Latke) *vegan

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 large potatoes, peeled + grated
  • 1 large onion, grated
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika 
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • *optional can add 1 egg to the mix, in order to help it bind a bit

TO SERVE *optional

  • sour cream  
  • applesauce
  • crispy, salty bacon bits

METHOD

  1. Peel and grate the potatoes. Place grated pieces in a bowl of water. 
  2. When all of the potatoes have soaked, drain the excess water through a dish-cloth or muslin.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients into the potatoes. Take around 3 tbsp of mixture and form a flattened patty shape.
  4. Heat the veg oil on the stove in a heavy bottomed pan. When oil is hot enough, add the patty, flatten with a spatula, and fry until brown. Flip and fry until the other side is brown.
  5. Drain on paper towel to remove excess oil. Repeat!

TOPPINGS

  • Apple sauce – cook chopped apples and blend to smooth
  • Bacon bits – fry streaky bacon and cop into bits.
  1. Serve with sour cream or apple sauce. Enjoy! 

Borscht (Beetroot soup) *vegan

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 medium beetroots, sliced
  • 2 large potatoes, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 large chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 ltrs vegan stock, in water
  • salt + pepper to taste

METHOD

  1. Fry the onion and garlic in vegetable oil, until browned + soft.
  2. Add the beetroots, carrot and potato to the mix and heat for 3 minutes.
  3. Then add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato and salt + pepper. Cook for a further 20 minutes.
  5. At this point, you have 2 choices: Let it cool + enjoy OR let it cool, blitz + enjoy! *We went for the second option as Bridget loves smooth soup.

Dziakuj and see you in Belgium! M + B

2 thoughts on “BELARUS

  1. great, but how is the ‘1 large onion’ presented to the mixture for the draniki? Ken

    On Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 8:57 AM Internoshnal Grubtrotters wrote:

    > internoshnalgrubtrotters posted: ” This flag was adopted as a modification > to the flag that had existed during the time that Belarus was under the > rule of the Soviet Union. COUNTRYBelarus DishesDraniki (Potato Latke), > BorschtTime 1 hourEffort 5/10Rough cost £5 COUNTR” >

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    1. Dear Ken, GRATED! I have changed the post now, so thank you for bringing it to my attention. Also, you can add an egg to help the mix bind if wish so.

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