Hutsul Banosh under Mushroom Sauce

Hutsul banosh is the visiting card of Western Ukraine. Banosh is the hutsul maize porridge cooked with sour cream. Banosh can be served with a mushroom sauce, cracklings or brynza. Today we are going to cook creamy and smooth porridge. Served with a tender mushroom sauce, the dish becomes more juicy and flavorful.

This hutsul banosh is considered to be a body builder thanks to its heartiness. It is cooked to be thick enough to eat with a spoon. This warm and comforting food will help keep you satisfied all day long. Plus, the dish can be easily doubled or tripled to feed all your family members.


  • 1 cup of water
  • 250 g (1/2 lb) maize grits
  • 850 ml (30 oz) sour cream
  • sugar – to taste
  • salt – to taste

Mushroom sauce

  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 medium bulb onion
  • 200 ml (7 oz) sour cream
  • sunflower oil (for frying)
  • 1/2 kg (1,1 lb) champignons
  • salt – to taste


Mix sour cream with 1 cup of water. Transfer the mixture to a cast-iron pan and bring the mass to boil. Then add maize grits stirring the mixture continuously. As a result you should get a thick and smooth mass. Decrease the fire and mash the mixture with the help of a spoon. Add salt and sugar to your taste. When the banosh is ready it will not stick to the pan walls.

Mushroom sauce

Peel and wash a bulb onion. Chop it finely and fry in sunflower oil. Peel, wash, and slice champignons. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cover the lid. Stew the ingredients for 20 minutes. Combine sour cream and flour. Add the mixture to the frying pan. Cook the sauce for 5 minutes more.

Transfer the prepared banosh to a plate and top it with the mushroom sauce before serving.

Enjoy your meal!

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