Kalduny or kolduny are stuffed dumplings made of unleavened dough in Belarusian, Lithuanian, and Polish cuisines, akin to the Polish pierogi, Russian pelmeni and the Ukrainian vareniki. In Slavic languages the word means “magicians” or “sorcerers”.
Tsibriki is a popular snack that pairs well with beer. Made with potato and a cheese filling and then fried in a pan, tsibriki is a great road food option for a trip around the attractions of Belarus. Belarusian cuisine is famous for dishes from potato and Tsibriki is one of them.
Potato babka (which means ‘old lady’) is one of the most recognizable Belarusian dishes. The dish that has been on both the peasants‘ and the princes’ table, over by all. Babka can be served sliced on a plate, or straight from the pot. It is very tasty with sour cream or milk.
Vereshchaka is a traditional Belarusian stew that has been prepared since at least the mid-18th century. Originally, it was a variation of machanka meat sauce. The stew is usually made with pork sausages, bacon, onions, flour, beer, and spices.
Draniki are small potato pancakes with grated potatoes stuffed or without it. They are considered one of the most reputed Belarus’ national dishes. Draniki’s main ingredients are grated potatoes and onions though some recipes also include meat, bacon, mushrooms and cheese.
Machanka is both a soup and a stew that consists of homemade sausages, bouillon and thick pancakes which are dipped into the finished bouillon. This traditional dish is typically served on Maslenitsa, a holiday of pagan origins that is still celebrated today in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
Kletski is famous Belarusian dish, boiled flour balls filled with meat. This dish is similar to Polish pierogi and Russian pelmeni, but kletski are bigger and ball-shaped. Kletski can be eaten on their own with roasted onions and sour cream or can be added to soup.