Blini ~ Russian Pancakes



This month, as a part of the International Food Challenge, our host Sara bought us some delicious Russian cuisine along. Russia is a country that we have learned so much about in our history classes, from how once it used to be called USSR, and the split, and so on and so forth… believe me, I would not like to sound like a history teacher now! When I say history, I just remembered my teacher back in school. I used to be the only one wide awake in her class, while everybody used to sleep, since I used to love history and was never able to understand how all others could hate it! Hehe… Due to this reason, I was her favorite till I completed school – obviously!


From the list provided, as usual, I went for something that was really easy to make. These Russian pancakes, called Blini, is usually served during the Maslenitsa festival before Lent, with a filling that can range from sour cream, caviar, jam, etc. I had these pancakes just like that, without any accompaniment – that good these were! I devoured them with a mug of hot chocolate over a lazy Friday morning and ended up with a happy tummy. πŸ™‚ Off to the way I made it…Β Recipe adapted from here




Blini ~ Russian Pancakes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Russian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • A pinch salt
  • A pinch baking soda
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • Butter for making the pancakes


  • Beat the egg and milk with a whisk. Add the sugar and salt and beat till dissolved.
  • Add in the baking soda, flour, oil and water and mix till you get a watery batter.
  • Allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  • Heat a pancake pan, drizzle some butter.
  • Pour a ladle of the batter and spread into a thin pancake.
  • Cook for around 2 minutes on one side till the sides are crisp and the bottom looks done. Flip and keep for around a minute. Take out and serve warm!


The original recipe is almost four times this measurement. To bring about the batter to a watery side, I added a bit extra boiling water.

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  1. This pancakes are just torturing me, so tempting and droolworthy.Loved it.

    1. Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  2. The pancakes look so soft and tempted to make them for breakfast tomorrow!

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  3. Wow such a beautiful shot….

    1. Thanks a lot Razina…

  4. tempting pancakes……. nice snap..

    1. Thanks a lot Femi…

  5. Pancakes are really nice and the photo is stunning Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Linsy… that statement means a lot to me from an awesome photographer like you…

  6. Nice and thin pancakes.

    1. Thanks a lot Shobha…

  7. yummy pancakes πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Aara… πŸ™‚

  8. These pancakes look real good and the photo is super!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  9. delicious looking pan cakes dear shall try these

    1. Thank you so much Monu…

  10. Adipoli pancake…adipoli pic…that pancake is so tempting … will try for breakfast sometime this week

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  11. The pancakes look very kinda to me,will try on a lazy weekend πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Julie… πŸ™‚

  12. History teachers some time simply read out textbooks which used to be boring but once we had a sir who used voice modulation and facial expression oh what difference that made we used to be wide awake soon after lunch.
    Beautiful pancakes! really nice Rafee.

    1. That is true, all depends on the teacher… thanks a lot Meena…

  13. Mouthwatering pan cakes

    1. Thanks a lot Jayanthi…

  14. Pancakes are so goodd!! Wish I could have some… lovely click!!

    1. Thank you so much Ree…

  15. These pancakes look so light and decadent. I am definitely trying this for the weekend in sha Allah.

    1. Thank you so much darling…

  16. I must try this! You know how much I loved pancakes!

    1. Thanks a lot Shazzy…

  17. Yummy yummy pancakes………I'm drooling over it……… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  18. I just loved the pic.. These Pancakes look really good..

    1. Thanks a lot Gloria…

  19. Can we make these with wheat flour rafee?

    1. You can definitely try! Maybe they wouldnt be as soft… thanks a lot Siri…

  20. Lovely picture of pancakes. Looks yummy and soft.
    I am hosting a diwali event, please do participate.Thanks.

    1. Thanks a lot Mayuri… I will try to participate…

  21. First of all,the picture- its mind blowing dear πŸ™‚ ,we make a similar pancake for kids but no milk added and its filled with a little butter and sugar and rolled..your look real yummy..

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana… there are so many way of making pancakes! πŸ™‚

  22. wow, they look easy to make… thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Gauri… πŸ™‚

  23. Beautiful and attractive pancakes. looks delicious dear..:)

    1. Thank you so much Saraswathi… πŸ™‚

  24. they look so soft…. haden't heard of them…

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

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