Myth #1. I hate cooking. Myth #2. I rarely eat Russian meals. Both myths are completely and utterly lie. Unfortunately, I still can't persuade myself in that and I am very reluctant to admit that but I am sure that everyone knows the truth. Without further adieu, please welcome 3 most cooked by me meals: borsch, dumplings and pancakes.
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6
Meal Difficulty: Medium


  1. Break an egg into a large bowl. Add a bit of water and 1 tsp of salt. Mix all together. Add more water and a bit of flour. Mix. A bit more water and more flour. Mix. Add the rest of water and a bit of flour. Then keep adding flour until the dough stops sticking to your hands (did I mention that we use fork at first and then hand? – it’s more convenient to use one hand so that the other one stays clean). Put it aside. Or freeze it if you to make dumplings at a later date.
  2. Prepare the filling. Minced beef with minced onion seasoned and spiced will go really well. I love mashed potatoes because I can always find them home. Fried cabbage is good as well – especially since we’re using only half of cabbage for soup above. I also absolutely love dumplings with mixed berries but when I start eating them I can eat only them for a week or so. Very addictive and unbelievably delicious. Use your imagination for stuffing dumplings. Anything! Mushrooms, ricotta – anything like that.
  3. Roll the dough on the working surface with rolling pin. Then choose a glass with diameter of 10 cm. Cut out circles. Put the filling in the middle, stick the opposite sides of the circles together, then stick one side to the middle and then the other side. It should look like half-moon. Dust the tray with flour and put melded dumplings on it.
  4. Boil water in a deep pan. Once boiling, add 12-24 dumplings depending on the size of the pan and humber of people. I serve 12 people for Russians and 6-10 for other nationalities just because Russians already love them and foreigners still yet to realise how delicious this is. So I prefer not to scare them by the portion.
  5. Once dumpling are on the surface of the water, boil for another 5 mins. After that serve in a bowl topped with sour cream and black pepper. Priyatnogo appetita!


1 egg
250 ml water water
400 g Plain flour to reach the right consistency
Minced beef with onion / mashed potatoes / fried cabbage / frozen berries
Sour Cream
by Anna Parsec
Updated: May 9, 2024
First published on: February 11, 2021

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First published on: February 11, 2021