What is machanka and how to cook it from nettles: a traditional Transcarpathian recipe

Tatiana KoziukFood

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.

A recipe for nettle mackerel


  • 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.

What to make from nettles

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.

Machanka of nettles

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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