Blini Pancake

READY IN: 22mins


  • 200
    ml kefir
  • 250 -300
    ml milk
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • 1
    pinch salt
  • 1
    teaspoon baking soda (slaked in vinegar)
  • 2 -3
    tablespoons vegetable oil (refined) or 2 -3 tablespoons sunflower oil (refined)
  • 4 -5
    tablespoons flour


  • In a medium bowl whisk kefir, eggs, salt and sugar, 1-2 minutes would be enough, just to blend the ingredients.Add 4-5 tablespoon flour and blend well.
  • Measure a teaspoon of a baking soda (may be a bit less, not a big deal) and pour it into a tablespoon, slake baking soda with a vinegar (about a half teaspoon) and add fizzy mixture to batter. Whisk just a little bit. Mixture should have a sour cream consistence.
  • Now add milk and whisk well (2-3 more minutes), pour 2 tablespoon oil, stir by spoon or whisk and the batter is ready. It should be a bit stiffer as milk/kefir consistency.
  • Heat the frying pan with 1-2 tablespoon of oil, ladle (usually 1 non full soup ladle per one blinchik) the batter and pour into hot pan. Tilt the pan rapidly to spread the batter out evenly. It’s OK if there are some places here and there on the pan left uncovered , it’s much worse if you ladle more batter. Your blinchik should be VERY thin!
  • When the edges are crisp looking (1-1.5 minutes approximately) slide a spatula carefully under the blin or just hook the edge of blin with a knife and flip it over by hands. Cook for about 1 minute on the other side.
  • Eat the first one by yourself as it usually looks unattractively :) As the saying goes, you must spoil before you spin!
  • There is a saying in Russia as the first blin is always poor, the second one you should give to your friends and only the third one is yours. When all of your blini are fried and if any of them are still left uneaten you may serve them with sour cream or your favorite jam! Enjoy!