frying pan with lazy dumplings

Leniwe – Polish lazy dumplings for those seeking comfort

March 26, 2020

It does not matter how invested you are in a COVID-19 discussions. Chances are, you still have to eat, at least sometimes. I have started writing this recipe way before we were told to self isolate. Before people even started thinking about hoarding toilet paper. Now I hear there is a shortage of dry yeast (yes, I did jump on the train of sourdough bread makers but this is another discussion). But it seems that no matter what, there is always enough Topfen/Quark/Twaróg. That‘s where lazy dumplings come in on a white horse to save your lunch. Or dinner.

Are these lazy dumplings or lazy noodles? There is an ongoing debate in Poland on how are you supposed to call them. However you prefer to call them you can be sure of one thing, they are perfect for when you feel lazy and need a little comfort.

Polish phenomen of kluski

Trouble with a proper name for those in Poland is one thing, but English is bringing up even more confusion to the equation. We have this thing in Poland – kluski (khloo-skee). And there is no proper equivalent for them in English. They are made of potato or cheese dough (so also a bit different than Austrian Knödel which can also be made of bread), with or without the addition of flour, served in all shapes and flavours. They can be sweet or savoury, side or main dish, you can even add them to a soup! Some of them are very local, and some are popular across the whole country. It is the latter that I want to introduce you to today.

Why lazy dumplings

Pierogi leniwe [pierogi leh-knee-veh] are a simple mixture of tangy farmer’s cheese/white cheese mixed with flour and eggs. They are simple Polish dumplings, that do not require making stuffing, neatly rolling out the dough, cutting circular shapes, stuffing and sealing. This is simple stuff. Combine, lightly roll and boil. I’m thinking this is why they’re called “lazy”. Simple always works for me. Also, Topfen tends to not break the budget so it should also be counted as a plus.

As the name lazy dumplings already suggests, these are beyond simple. All you need is Topfen, eggs and a bit of flour. Then if you feel decadent they taste best with browned butter and a bit (ok, a lot) of sugar and cinnamon. This is definitely a taste I remember well from childhood. Some people eat them with breadcrumbs and butter or just with sugar. I sometimes put a dollop of yoghurt on a side to give myself a feeling it is a healthy and balanced meal.

It won’t take you more than 30 minutes from start to finish.

The recipe itself is old and there is no fixed history to it. Maybe someone just got fed up with making all these pierogi and just mixed all the ingredients together? Whoever did it – job well done!


Be quite gentle, as this dough is really soft. Once you can’t roll anymore, then just make sure your roll of dough is covered in flour on all sides. It’s a balancing act with the flour. The amount I give you is a rough approximate. Depends on your Topfen you will need less or more. Don’t overdo it though as you will end up with little stones with a potential to kill a human being.

The details are differentiating the recipes. Shall you whip your egg whites or not, or maybe skip eggs altogether? I do believe whipping the egg whites make the noodles more fluffy but if you can’t be bothered – don’t worry.

frying pan with leniwe

flour, white cheese and other ingredients for lazy dumplings on the countertop

formed and cut leniwe before cooking

leniwe with caramelised sugar on a dark grey plate