Karelian pasty

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Karelian pasty
A store-bought Karelian pasty
TypePasty, pirog
Place of originKarelia
Region or stateKarelia
Main ingredientsrye flour or wheat flour, rice or potatoes, butter

Karelian pasties, Karelian pies or Karelian pirogs (Finnish: karjalanpiirakat, singular karjalanpiirakka; Karelian: kalittoja, singular kalitta;[1] Olonets Karelian: šipainiekku; Russian: карельский пирожок karelskiy pirozhok or калитка kalitka; Swedish: karelska piroger) are traditional Finnish pasties or pirogs originating from the region of Karelia. They are eaten throughout Finland as well as in adjacent areas such as Estonia and northern Russia.

The oldest traditional pasties usually had a rye crust, but the North Karelian and Ladoga Karelian variants also contained wheat to improve the baking characteristics. The common fillings were barley and talkkuna. In the 19th century, first potato and buckwheat were introduced as fillings, and later also rice and millet.

Today, the most familiar and common version has a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. Mashed potato and rice-and-carrot fillings are also commonly available. Butter, often mixed with chopped-up boiled egg (egg butter or munavoi), is spread over the hot pasties before eating.

Karjalanpiirakka has Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) status in Europe.[2] This means that any product outside of Finland that make a similar product cannot call them karjalanpiirakka and instead call them riisipiirakka ("rice pasties"), perunapiirakka ("potato pasties") etc., depending on the filling.[3]

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  1. ^ Sallinen-Gimpl, Pirkko (2000). Karjalainen keittokirja. Helsinki: Tammi. p. 59. ISBN 951-31-1540-2.
  2. ^ EU Profile-Karjalanpiirakka (accessed 06/01/2021)
  3. ^ Food Safety Authority Evira Archived 2016-01-26 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 1/19/2016)

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