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Deruny (Potato Pancakes)

Potato pancakes or deruny are one of the most beloved meat-free dishes in Ukraine. 
They have been popular throughout history and saved many lives during the Ukrainian Terror Famine in 1932-33. Back then, people would make deruny using anything they could get hold of–linden leaves, sorrel leaves, left over nuts and grains.
Fortunately, everyone can enjoy the yummy potato-based version nowadays. 
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course
Cuisine Ukrainean


  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 1 egg
  • 2  tbsp flour
  • 1  tbsp sunflower oil
  • salt and pepper 


How to Make Deruny (Potato Pancakes):

  • Peel the potatoes and grate them on a fine grater. 
  • Finely chop the onion and add it to the potatoes. Mix them well.
    The onion juice will keep the potatoes from going brown.
  • Add the flour, egg, and sour cream and mix well.  
  • Then add 1 tsp of salt and a pinch of black pepper.
    The batter should be liquid enough to be ladled easily.
  • Pour some sunflower oil into a frying pan and heat well.
  • Using a spoon, form small, flat rounds of potato mixture and fry them like regular pancakes.
    When the pancakes are brownish on one side, turn them and repeat the procedure. 
  • Serve deruny while hot with a dollop of sour cream.  
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