Deruny – Ukrainian Potato Pancakes

These potato pancakes have finely grated, raw potatoes and onion. It's a classic Ukrainian dish called Deruny. Our moms still make these deruny regularly.

These aren’t the potato pancakes I posted earlier which used left-over mashed potatoes. These are finely grated, raw potatoes and onion. It’s a classic Ukrainian dish called Deruny. Our moms still make these regularly. This is actually Vadim’s post. He combined both our family recipes and it turned out perfect.

Ingredients for deruny:

  • 5 medium size potatoes (about 1.5 lb)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp of all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp of sour cream
  • 1 tsp of salt and pepper to taste
  • oil (for frying)

How to Make Deruny:

1. Prep all the ingredients. Peel potatoes and onion.

2 .Take  big bowl,  grate potatoes and onion (on the star shaped grater), taking turns and mixing grated mixture. Onion juice will keep potatoes from browning:

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3. Add flour, egg, sour cream and mix it well, than add 1tsp of salt and some black pepper,  batter should be still liquid enough so you can easily ladle it:

4 .Warm up a skillet with 2-3 Tbsp of oil over medium/high heat.  Add 1 heaping Tbsp of mixture at a time to the skillet fry on one side until golden brown in color, then flip to other side and fry for the same amount of time. Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the batter:

These potato pancakes have finely grated, raw potatoes and onion. It's a classic Ukrainian dish called Deruny. Our moms still make these deruny regularly.

5. Serve deruny warm, they are best with sour cream, enjoy.

Deruny - Ukrainian Potato Pancakes (Деруни)

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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $3
Serving: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 5 medium size potatoes (about 1.5 lb)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp of all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp of sour cream
  • 1 tsp of salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil

Instructions

Prep all the ingredients:

  1. Peel potatoes and onion:
  2. Take big bowl, grate potatoes and onion (on the star shaped grater), taking turns and mixing grated mixture. Onion juice will keep potatoes from browning.
  3. Add flour, egg, sour cream and mix it well, than add 1 tsp of salt and some black pepper, batter should be still liquid enough so you can easily ladle it.
  4. Warm up a skillet with 2-3 Tbsp of cooking oil over medium/high heat. Add 1 heaping Tbsp of mixture at a time to the skillet fry on one side until golden brown in color, then flip to other side and fry for the same amount of time. Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the batter.

Serve deruny warm, they are best with sour cream, enjoy.


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  • Emilie
    January 9, 2018

    hello natasha, is there any way to make them ahead of time? maybe the night before? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 9, 2018

      Hi Emilie, with this recipe, they are really best fresh. You can reheat leftover pancakes on a skillet the next day but the mixture is best used/cooked after it is prepared. Reply

  • Marysia
    October 13, 2017
  • Lena
    July 26, 2017

    Is there a easier way to grate the potatoes? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 26, 2017

      Hi Lena, You might also try a blender to do the pureeing of the potato – it results in a slightly different consistency of the pancakes but we love it when we are pressed for time. Reply

  • Lucie Kotovski
    June 4, 2017

    Natasha, because I live in Australia, some of the terms you use is American. We call a skillet a frypan and all-purpose flour is just plain flour. Also, I use self raising flour instead of plain flour with some extra condiments and even Russian people have praised my potato pancakes! Do you have a recipe for borscht? Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 4, 2017

      Lucie, thank you for sharing that with me and yes I have multiple borsch recipes that you can find hereReply

  • Faye
    May 12, 2017

    I made these the other day. After grating one potato on the star side of the grater, I gave up. It was way too time consuming and difficult to do. I instead grated it on the small grate side and I found the pancakes turned out just as well!
    I did not have an onion at the time and just added a very tiny dash of onion powder for the flavour and it turned out well.
    I also did not have sour cream and used a plain greek yogurt instead and it turned out very well. My husband and I ate them all at once 🙂 I used extra plain greek yogurt as a topping for mine and it was great! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 13, 2017

      Hi Faye, I love the idea of serving with Greek yogurt. You might also try a blender to do the pureeing of the potato – it results in a slightly different consistency of the pancakes but we love it when we are pressed for time. Reply

  • Olena
    March 27, 2017

    These came out delicious! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 27, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe! Reply

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