Air Fryer Recipes

Oladi (Russian Kefir Pancakes)


  • 2 cups kefir (or plain yogurt)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Prepare the Batter:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the kefir, eggs, sugar, and salt. Mix well until smooth.
    2. Add the flour and baking soda to the kefir mixture. Stir until just combined; the batter should be thick and slightly lumpy. Do not overmix.
    3. If using, add the vanilla extract and gently stir to incorporate.
  2. Heat the Pan:
    1. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the pan (about 1/4 inch deep).
    2. Allow the oil to heat up until it’s hot but not smoking.
  3. Fry the Pancakes:
    1. Using a spoon or a small ladle, scoop the batter into the hot oil, forming small pancakes about 2-3 inches in diameter. Do not overcrowd the pan; cook in batches if necessary.
    2. Fry the pancakes until golden brown on the bottom, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown and cooked through, another 2-3 minutes.
    3. Remove the pancakes from the skillet and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  4. Serve:
    1. Serve the oladi warm, topped with your favorite toppings such as sour cream, honey, jam, or fresh berries.
    2. Optionally, dust with powdered sugar before serving.


  • Make sure the kefir is at room temperature for better texture and rise.
  • Do not overcrowd the pan; this ensures the pancakes cook evenly and get a nice crispy edge.
  • If the batter seems too thick, you can thin it slightly with a little more kefir or water.
  • For a savory twist, omit the sugar and vanilla, and add finely chopped herbs or cheese to the batter.

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