Rasstegai (Russian: расстегай) is a type of Russian pirog with a hole in the top.

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Place of originRussia

History and etymologyEdit

The dish was very popular in Tsarist Russia. In rasstegai the filling is not hidden in dough, and rasstegai in Russian means "unfastened" pies.[1]

Another version: in Moscow, in the gypsy choir, the beautiful Katya sang very well the Russian song "Sarafanchik-rasstegaychik"; in honor of Katya, rasstegai became very popular meal in taverns in Moscow.[2]


The filling usually contains fish, but may also contain meat, liver, rice or mushrooms.

The hole of rasstegai is used to add broth to the stuffing.

In literatureEdit

The dish is mentioned in Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls and Vladimir Gilyarovsky's Moscow and the Muscovites.[3][4]


  1. ^ Похлёбкин В. В. Расстегаи // Кулинарный словарь. — М.: Э, 2015. — С. 309—310. — 456 с.
  2. ^ Пыляев М. Старый Петербург. — СПб., 1887
  3. ^ Леонид Зданович. Кулинарный словарь, Расстегай. Москва: Вече, 2001, ISBN 5-7838-0923-3 (Leonid Zdanovich. Culinary dictionary, "Rasstegai". Moscow: Veche, 2001; in Russian)
  4. ^ Rasstegai: The pie proudly served by Moscow innkeepers. Russia Beyond