One of the most popular Russian dishes is pancakes or ‘blini’ as they are known in Russian. Blini is the plural and blin the singular. They are also often called blinchiki (singular: blinchik) which is just the diminutive form of blin. In the west the dish known as blinis involves tiny pancakes, whereas in Russian the blini are of a standard size. Of course blini are not just for breakfast, they can also be eaten as a snack, a main course or a desert. In most cities you will find lots of ‘blinnaya’ restaurants or stalls which just serve blini. They are usually stuffed with sweet or savoury fillings or just eaten with sour cream.