What is machanka and how to cook it from nettles: a traditional Transcarpathian recipe
Machanka is a traditional Transcarpathian dish, most often based on sour cream or any other dairy products and flour. In simple words, it is a thick gravy in which bread is soaked. Machanka is prepared with mushrooms, meat, and herbs - nettles, sorrel, dill, parsley, and even thyme.
Food blogger Galina Nemesh(halyna_nemesh) on her Instagram page shared a recipe for Transcarpathian machanka from nettles.
- nettles (young) - 200-300 g
- onion - 1 pc
- garlic - 2-3 cloves
- eggs - 1-2 pcs
- sour cream - 200 grams
- milk - 200 ml (or cream)
- flour - 1 tbsp
- salt, pepper, vegetable seasoning
Method of preparation:
1. First, grate young nettles and wash them thoroughly.
2. 2. Boil nettles in boiling water (1-2 minutes is enough) or just pour boiling water over them. Put them in a colander and leave to drain the excess water.
Chop the onion and garlic and fry the vegetables until soft.
Shred the nettles and add to the vegetables. Cook for 3-5 minutes on low heat under a lid.
5. Mix eggs, sour cream, milk, flour, and spices. Pour the mixture into a pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Take it off the heat immediately. Done!
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