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Oladi, or thick pancakes prepared from kefir based batter, is traditional russian breakfast food. Batter is easy to assemble and whole dish doesn’t take much time to cook.
Kefir gives a distinguishing taste to oladi, but it probably can be replaced with buttermilk in case you are having troubles finding kefir.
Oladi can be served plain or with some kind of a topping: jam, syrop or honey, as well as fresh fruits. I love oladi with sour cream.
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of plain unsweetened kefir
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 1.5 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- Sunflower oil
How to prepare, step-by-step:
Prepare ingredients: if you have troubles finding kefir (I usually take unsweetened kefir from Lifeway, getting it from Whole Foods) you can substitute it with unsweetened buttermilk:
Crack egg to deep bowl, add sugar and beat them until about tripled in volume, I advise using mixer to get results faster:
Carefully mix in kefir:
Sift and fold in all purpose flour:
Add baking soda:
Batter should be thin enough so you can ladle it with a spoon and pour, but not too thick so pancakes don’t get too thin:
Warm up skillet with about 2 tablespoons of oil over moderate heat; ladle a bit of batter with a tablespoon and pour it to the skillet; repeat for several more pancakes:
Let pancakes to fry on one side until light brown color then flip them over using spatula and fry from second side until ready:
Repeat with the rest of batter. Serve oladi warm with your choice of topping: any kind of jam or syrop will work good as well as honey; I like oladi with sour cream: