Where is a good place to find different variants of Karelian pirogs?

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By Traveller June 14, 2017
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Where is a good place to find different variants of Karelian pirogs?

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J
By Jen Traveller June 14, 2017

I have read of variants with millet, or buckwheat - are these made/sold anywhere in Helsinki? Otherwise, who makes the best Karelian prigos..?

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I like these (the rice filling):

1. Liperin karjalanpiirakka at Hakaniemi Market hall http://www.hakaniemenkauppahalli.fi/kauppias/marian-konditoria/
2. The handmade version at Stockmann department store, not the factory made
3. http://www.konditoriahopia.fi/
Local June 16, 2017
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Just about any bakery or local food market is good place to find all kinds of local foods including karelian prigos
Local June 14, 2017
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The best place for the same will be Lidl kamppi (Address: Kampinkuja 2, 00100 Helsinki). This is inside the Kamppi metro complex. Here they bake the stuff then and there and offer for sale. Most of the time i went there, i have always got them real fresh and hot.
Local June 21, 2017
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Hello,
I agree with Petri. Hakaniemi market hall (Hakaniemen Kauppahalli) is the place to go. Especially Keliapuoti there. They sell all kinds of gluten free products including karelian pirogs made with buckwheat and other gluten free flours.
And if you want to explore Konala in North-Western Helsinki visit Kakkutupa (Riihipellontie 3) they also sell gluten free karelian pirogs.
Industrially made karelian pirogs sold in all the grocery stores are usually made with wheat, with just a touch of rye.
And what comes to the question of who makes the best pirogs? Well most likely the answer is "my grandma!" :D
J
Local June 15, 2017
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Of course "my grandma"! :) The question then becomes, is there any shop that makes piroger "like your grandma"!
I might need to go back and do more research to see if I misunderstood, but the "millet" pirog version I thought I sae, was that the FILLING was made with millet... I could be mistaken! I have no need for gluten free as such, but as a taste, I tend to prefer nuttier flours (rye, buckwheat) to wheat, simply for variation. I understand that mainly-wheat piroger are the most common now, but did not mainly-rye piroger used to be common?
I will definitely mark Hakaniemi market hall on my map though :)
Karelian pirogs made by Arffman bakery are pretty close to grandma-made ones. They make them by hand and with the traditional recipe. They are sold at the S-market Sokos Helsinki (Mannerheimintie 9) every Thursday and Friday.

The most traditional recipe is rye dough filled with rice porridge. Mashed potato is another variant or mashed carrot and rice mixture. I have read that originally (back in the 18th century) karelian pirogs were filled with barley porridge since rice hadn't yeat found it's way up here. So I suppose all kinds of wheats that can be made into a porridge are suitable as a filling.

But I'm sure you will find great pirogs (with different fillings) at Hakaniemi market hall!
:D Thank you Jeena!! We will try both Arffman and whatever is on offer at Hakaniemi x
One good place is Hakaniemi market square and market hall.
Local June 14, 2017
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You can find them in every grocery store :)
Local June 14, 2017
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Thank you for your answers! Am I to understand, that the bakery and supermarket pirogs are equally good? Is it easy to find the ones with millet (or buckwheat)? I was under the impression they are not the most common version.
J
Traveller June 15, 2017
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yes, you can find it in any shop, as you can find bread :) if you are looking for variety and different quality , you deffnetely must visit Hakaniemi market hall or nieche cafeterias.. Try different pirogs with rice, carrots, potatoes, blueberry..buckweat is not popular, its usually rye...
Just about any local bakery or market hall in Helsinki is good place to find all kinds of loval foods. Including Karelian prigos.
Local June 14, 2017
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