Potato Pancakes (Draniki)

One of my husband’s favorite food is draniki. Russian style potato pancakes. Perfect for breakfast or branch. I’ve seen draniki  recipes that use mashed potato also, but I personally prefer my potato to be coarsely  grated, because then you have more crispy ends. Traditionally draniki are served with sour cream, but you can also serve them with ketchup or cottage cheese.

Potato Pancakes (Draniki)

You will need some extra olive oil, draniki absorb oil very fast.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 6 medium potatoes washed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 50 ml buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 50 g all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (plus extra)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
  • fresh herbs (optional)


  • Peel and grate potatoes. Squeeze grated potatoes with hands, extracting as much liquid as possible.
  • In a large bowl beet eggs, baking soda and buttermilk, add grated potatoes, salt, pepper and flour, mix well.
  • In a large iron skillet heat the olive oil until hot. Place the tablespoons of batter in the pan and flatten with spoon.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook until the bottom is golden brown.Turn over and cook on the other side.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and serve them hot with sour cream.
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