Belarusian cuisine is very diverse and has absorbed the best culinary traditions from many nations. However, there are many dishes that can certainly be considered purely native to Belarus. A good example of this is mačanka or, as it is sometimes called, makanka. It may require a certain amount of effort to explain to foreign guests what mačanka is, but it can be usually compared to a sauce or gravy. However, the European tradition to pour sauce over the dish did not catch on with the Belarusians. In Belarus, people prefer to dip something bigger into small but tasty relishes, rather than vice verse. At first it was bread, pancakes and then even potatoes.
There are numerous recipes for mačanka. Most typically, it is cooked with meat products, such as bacon, salo, sausages, ribs, with onions and white sauce. There are, however, other types of mačanka: with cheese and honey, poppy milk, eggs and bacon, with herring brine and even linseed.
Looking for an authentic Belarusian dish? Look no further! We will show you the way to cook hearty and delicious lamb mačanka.
Season the lamb well with salt and freshly ground white pepper. Heat a large frying pan and add the oil. Once hot, place the lamb, add the garlic and thyme and fry on all sides until golden brown on top. Pour in the white wine and cover the frying pan, warm for several minutes, and then remove from the heat.
Take the lamb out of the frying pan. Fry the ceps in the remaining oil and fat, add the butter and flour, pour in the wine, then milk, and stew until the mačanka thickens.
To serve, place the lamb in a warm bowl, pour in the hot mačanka, garnish with freshly chopped herbs and top each serving with several cranberries. Draniki, pancakes or other dishes to be dipped into are served separately.
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In 2003, I was able to explain to the German partners that the market size and local conditions required setting up production in Belarus, moving from import to local production, and using domestic raw materials. When we were considering the creation of a plant on the territory of Belarus, our annual sales were less than 1,000 tons.
Today, we manufacture about 60,000 tons of goods annually and in the next four or five years we plan to increase the amount to 100,000 tons. We organize the production step by step, and modernize our plant. Currently, we have six production lines, with only one final stage to complete before the plant is fully automated. We have significantly expanded our product range. We started from four products and now there are 160 of them.
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It is a Belarusian tradition to give our guests a hospitable welcome. We always try to acquaint our foreign partners with Belarusian cuisine and its specialties. Mačanka is a true national dish. This is the very dish to surprise our guests. When you come to Belarus, do not miss the opportunity to taste mačanka and see how warm-hearted Belarusians are.
Henkel Bautechnik JLLC is a construction chemicals branch of Henkel Concern in Belarus. The company was established to set up the production of import-substituting goods in 2004. At present its market share is 25% of its segment in Belarus. Ceresit products manufactured in Belarus have been repeatedly winning awards as the best construction mixes in Belarus since 2006. Henkel Corporation is an international concern with a turnover of over 20 billion euros, which specializes in the production of detergents and cleaning products, building mixes and household adhesives, industrial technologies, cosmetics and perfumery. Henkel Enterprises are represented in 125 countries, with more than 200 plants currently operating worldwide.