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stack of kefir pancakes with fresh berries

Kefir Pancakes (Oladi)

Kefir Pancakes are crispy and fluffy. These Russian pancakes are topped with berries, jam or sour cream. If you like buttermilk pancakes, you'll love Kefir Pancakes!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Russian, Slavic, Ukrainian
Keyword kefir pancakes, oladi, Russian pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • cups kefir whey, buttermilk or milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • oil for frying


  • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  • Create a well in the centre, and add the kefir, eggs, and oil and slowly whisk until smooth and most of the lumps are gone.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Make sure the frying pan is hot. Add about 2 tablespoons of batter to make each pancake. You should fit 3-4 pancakes in a large trying pan.
  • Cook the pancakes until bubbles appear on the pancakes and a few of them have burst. The trick is to get as many bubbles bursting as you can without burning the pancakes. 
  • Carefully flip the pancake to cook the other side until golden brown. Remove pancakes to a plate or on a tray in a warmed oven. Add more oil and repeat process with the remaining batter.
  • Serve with fresh berries, jam and sour cream.