Mari Cuisine: Melna

The melna is a sort of pancake which is very common in the Mari countryside. Melnas are served on a plate in layers of ten or more, each cut crossways into four pieces. It is said that the merit of a Mari housewife is judged by the skill with which she prepares melnas for her family. The photos show the tables covered for me when I visited two different families. The five small glasses on the table in Photo 2 are for osh araka or vodka.

Photo 1: ©1997 by Kazuto Matsumura
Photo 2: ©1997 by Kazuto Matsumura
Last modified: Nov 10, 2002