Kurnik (pirog)

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Kurnik 1.jpg
Place of originRussia
Associated national cuisineRussian cuisine
Main ingredientsChicken, eggs, onions, kasha or rice
VariationsChicken and mushroom pie
Food energy
(per 100 g serving)
536[1] kcal
Nutritional value
(per 100 g serving)
Protein27.7 g
Fat30.4 g
Carbohydrate g

Kurnik (Russian: курник; "chicken pirog"), also known as wedding pirog or tsar pirog, a dome-shaped savoury Russian pirog, usually filled with chicken or turkey, eggs, onions, kasha or rice, and other optional components. Sometimes, pirog was filled with boiled rooster combs.[1][2][3] This pirog originated in Southern Russia, especially in Cossacks communities, and was used as "wedding pirog" in the rest of the country.[2][3] It is dome-shaped, unlike any other non-sweet pirog. In special cases, it was served to tsar himself. Even today, this pirog is served on special occasions in most of Russia.[3]


In case of a wedding, kurniks were made for both of spouses. Husband's pirog was decorated with figures of people - this represented the strength of the young family. Wife on the other side, had her kurnik decorated with flowers - this represented beauty and kindness.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Jamie Oliver. Kurnik. Jamieoliver.com. 25 Jan. 2017.
  2. ^ a b Вильям Похлебкин. Кулинарный словарь, Курник. Москва: Центрполиграф, 2007, ISBN 978-5-9524-3170-6 (William Pokhlyobkin. The Culinary Dictionary, "Kurnik". Moscow: Centrpoligraph, 2007; in Russian)
  3. ^ a b c d Леонид Зданович. Кулинарный словарь, Курник. Москва: Вече, 2001, ISBN 5-7838-0923-3 (Leonid Zdanovich. Culinary dictionary, "Kurnik". Moscow: Veche, 2001; in Russian)