Nalysnyky: Ukrainian Crepes with Stewed Cabbage, Mushrooms, and Tofu

Nalysnyky, also known as Ukrainian stuffed crepe, are a delightful dish that combines thin crepe-like pancakes with a hearty filling. In this recipe, we’ll create delicious nalysnyky stuffed with a flavorful mixture of stewed cabbage, sautéed oyster mushrooms, and tofu. These nalysnyky are a perfect blend of Ukrainian tradition and Khmer vegetarian flavors.

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

For the Pancake Batter:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Additional oil for frying

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • 150g oyster mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 200g firm tofu, crumbled
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh dill or parsley for garnish (optional)
  • Sour cream or yogurt for serving (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide:

Making the Pancake Batter:

  1. Prepare the batter: In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, rice flour, eggs, water, and salt. Whisk until you have a smooth batter without any lumps.
  2. Add oil: Stir in the vegetable oil and mix well. Let the batter rest for about 20-30 minutes. This resting time allows the flours to absorb the liquid, resulting in tender pancakes.

Preparing the Filling:

  1. Sauté the mushrooms: In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped oyster mushrooms and sauté them until they are tender and any moisture has evaporated. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set them aside.
  2. Cook the filling: In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of oil. Add the chopped onions and garlic and sauté until they become translucent. Add the finely chopped cabbage and continue to cook until it’s soft and tender. Season with soy sauce, salt, and black pepper. Stir in the crumbled tofu and sauté for a few more minutes until everything is well combined. Remove the filling from heat.

Cooking the Nalysnyky:

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet: Place a non-stick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat and lightly grease it with oil.
  2. Pour and spread the batter: Pour a ladleful of the pancake batter into the hot skillet and quickly swirl it around to spread it evenly. Cook until the edges of the pancake start to lift and it becomes golden brown on the bottom.
  3. Add the filling: Spoon some of the prepared cabbage, oyster mushroom, and tofu filling onto one half of the pancake.
  4. Fold the pancake: Carefully fold the other half of the pancake over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Press the edges gently to seal the nalysnyk.
  5. Cook until golden: Continue to cook the nalysnyk for another minute or two until it’s golden brown on both sides. Repeat the process with the remaining batter and filling.
  6. Keep warm: You can keep the cooked nalysnyky warm by placing them on a plate and covering them with a clean kitchen towel.

Serving:

  1. Garnish and serve: Garnish the nalysnyky with fresh dill or parsley, if desired. Serve them hot with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt on the side, if you like.
  2. Enjoy: These Ukrainian Nalysnyky with Tofu are a delightful blend of flavors and textures. They make a satisfying main dish or a tasty snack.

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