Ukrainian Blinchiki "little pancakes" Recipe

My family and I came to the United States from the Soviet Union when I was seven years old. My Ukrainian and Russian roots have always been very important to me and a big part of this is the food, which reminds me of my childhood. I remember when my babushka (grandmother) made delicious Ukrainian dishes for me. These are still my favorite comfort foods! 

Blinchiki are Ukrainian pancakes. They are usually made from wheat or buckwheat flour and there are many varieties. I love serving them with sour cream or plain yogurt and fresh dill. Dill plays an important role in Ukrainian cuisine and adds a special flavor to many dishes. 

This traditional recipe is one of my favorites to make for a healthy brunch. Blinchiki translates to "little pancakes" and these are secretly packed with veggies and are fun to make!

Making the Blinchiki

  • Three zucchini's peeled and grated (squeeze out excess liquid)
  • Add two beaten eggs
  • Add 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp of sugar, mix well
  • Add 4-5 Tbsp of flour one by one (your choice - wheat or buckwheat)
  • Lightly ry for about 2-3 min on each side in olive oil, flipping after the bottom starts to brown
  • Top with 'smetana' (sour cream) or plain yogurt and fresh, chopped dill