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This dish is known by many names: sticks, fingers, lazy dumplings, cats - all these are the names of potato dumplings. It is a traditional dish made of potato dough, which is boiled in the form of elongated pieces resembling fingers. The dish has become especially popular in the western regions of Ukraine.


  • Potatoes — 1 kg,
  • 1 Egg,
  • Fat — 3 tbsp.,
  • Potato starch — 2.5 cups,
  • Butter (for watering) — 2 tbsp. spoons,
  • Salt, herbs.

The cooking process

  1. Peel the potatoes and boil in salted water for about 20-25 minutes. Then mash the hot potatoes with a fork, beat the egg, add the starch and some greens. You can also grate the potatoes. Roll out the dough and form it into elongated rolls.
  2. Boil water in a large saucepan, adding a little salt. Pour the prepared dough sticks into the boiling water, stir with a wooden spoon so that they do not stick to the bottom, and cover the pan. When the boiling water boils again, reduce the heat and wait until the sticks rise to the surface. Then cook them for another 2 minutes and remove with a skimmer or strain into a colander.
  3. Grease boiled sticks with butter with herbs, or roast onions, or cracklings. Serve with sour cream.

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