Deruny origins

Deruny, draniki, latke, kartoffelpuffers.. Traditional potato pancakes can  found in nearly every European cuisine.

The iconic dish  is believed to come from Germany  and was introduced to Ukrianians through Belarus in the late 19th century. Another version argues potato pancakes, along with scores of other potato dishes, originated in Ukrainian Polissya about a hundered years earlier – in the late 18th century.

The recipe of potato pancakes was first published in Jan Szyttler’s cookbook in 1830.


Why ‘deruny’?

The name usually comes from the method you use to make it. ‘Derty’ in Ukrainian means ‘to grate’, which explains the name of the dish.


Potato pancakes recipe from a Manhattan restaraunt chief



  • 3 shredded potatoes
  • 1 ground onion
  • 5 eggs
  • Salt, pepper (to taste)
  • A little flour (optional)


Mix everything, fry in a pan in vegetable oil (medium heat) for 2 minutes on each side (until golden brown).


How to serve?


Our chef recommends three serving options:

Potato pancakes with mushroom julienne


  • A handful of chopped fried mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped fried onions
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons of truffles
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, pepper

Stew all ingredients (except mushrooms and cheese) for 5-7 minutes until thickened, then add mushrooms and cheese. Cook in the oven (350 degrees) for 5 minutes.

Then add julienne on top of potato pancakes and enjoy the meal !


Potato pancakes with ribs with prune sauce



  • 2 kg of beef ribs
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 bunch of celery
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • 1 glass of port
  • 1 cup of honey
  • Salt, pepper

Season the beef with salt, pepper, a little butter and bake for 30 minutes.

Bake all vegetables seasoned with salt, pepper and a little oil for 30 minutes.

Then put the meat to the vegetables. In a deep saucepan, add wine, port and honey, cover with foil and simmer for 2 hours.

Then put the meat in a blender and chop for 1 minute adding a little sauce.


Sauce recipe

  • 2 cups of prunes
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • 1/2 cup water

Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Add stewed beef ribs and prune sauce to the potato pancakes, garnish with parsley or any greens.


Potato pancakes with smoked ham or sauerkraut


You will need smoked ham or sauerkraut to serve the dish.


Who is Dmytro Martseniuk?

Dmytro is a three-time winner of New York Latke Festivial, the event celebrating potato cakes in their differect interpritations.

The most cherished of his three wins was the People’s Choice Award. With most of 800 event attendees calling his potato cakes the finest of all,  such recognition war really the most appreciated,  explains Dmytro.

His deruny-making skills  even earned him a guest appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ TV show .

A Vinnytsia native, Marseniuk studied international economic relations at the Kyiv University of Tourism, Economics and Law.

Now he is an executive chef at  Ukrainian East Village restaurant ‘Veselka’, the eatery with a long history. Founded in 1954 by Ukrainian immigrants Volodymyr and Olha Darmohvaly, the  restaurant boasts  the menu featuring several kinds of borscht and 10 types of pierogi (varenyky), and  other staple Ukrainian dishes.