Russian Lazy Meat Fritters – Lenivie Belyashy

In Russia we have many deep-fried foods, like piroshki jarenie – stuffed fritters or ponchiki – our doughnuts.  This one, with raw meat filling (not pre-cooked), named belyashi, comes from the Tatar cuisine. Easy, lazy and light version of heavy but tasty food. Great for picnic or lunch.

Russian Lazy Meat Fritters – Lenivie Belyashy

Yield: 16 belyashi

2 cups warm water
1/2 tsp. dry yeast
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
8 oz. ground beef
1/2 medium onion
salt and pepper

Dissolve sugar and salt in warm water, add flour and yeast, and knead into very soft dough (like pancake dough). Cover and let rise about 1 hour.

Mix ground beef, finely chopped onion, salt and pepper, add 1 tbsp. of water. Divide for 16 pieces.

Spray a griddle or frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Do not stir batter. Scoop the batter onto the pre-heated (medium heat) griddle, using approximately 2 tbsp. for each belyash. Flatten a piece of meat filling in hand and put it on the top of the dough. Cover with more 1 tbsp. dough. Turn over, cover with lid and cook until meat done. Repeat with remaining dough.

I used my Nordic Ware Scandinavian Silver Dollar Pancake Pan and made 7 cakes at a time.

1 belyash is about 74 calories

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5 Responses to “Russian Lazy Meat Fritters – Lenivie Belyashy”

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  2. Jessie says:

    Hi Olga!

    I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE your site! I am married to a Muscovite and have been searching for Russian recipes everywhere. Thank you so much for all the great recipes.

  3. Olga says:

    Thank you for this comment. I’m glad to be helpful.

  4. Elena says:

    Hi Olga, Great recepies!! All these food that I remember from Russia and finaly I know how to make it. Thank you. Could you please let me know how much yeast you used for this recepie.Thanks, Elena

  5. Olga says:

    Hello! I added info about yeast to the recipe. It was about 1/2 tsp. dry yeast.
    Thanks!

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