This Luchnik (Banitsa with Leaks and Rice) has a long tradition in the Bulgarian cuisine. This pastry can be made with leaks or onions and it has a little sweet taste. You can find many different recipes for this Banitsa in the different regions of Bulgaria.

Luchnik (Banitsa with leaks and rice)

Luchnik (Banitsa with leaks and rice) is a pastry made with leaks or onions and it has a little sweet taste.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: all-purpose flour, leeks, rice


For the dough

  • 4 cup flour
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp salt

For the filling

  • 6 leeks
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 tsp dried thyme


  • Prepare the dough by mixing together all the necessary ingredients for it and knead until you get dough, then set aside.
  • Prepare the leeks by washing them and finely chop. Add them to a pot with water for 5 minutes.
  • Heat a pan over a medium heat with oil and the rice and the leeks.
  • Pour in 1 cup of water into the pan and simmer until the rice soften.
  • Take the pan of the heat and add the thyme and parsley.
  • Take the dough out of the bowl and divide it into 5 balls. Place each ball on a floury surface and roll out to a sheet.
  • Preheat the oven to heat (340°F).
  • Lightly grease the baking dish and put in the bottom sheet.
  • Add filling in between the all the sheets on the last one sprinkle some oil on the top.
  • You can use a fork and punch the sheets in different places to help prevent air beign trapt between the sheets.
  • Bake until light-brown or for about 25 minutes.
  • After it is done sprinkle with water and wrap in a towel to keep it soft.

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