Popara-poor peoples food

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I remember first time I tried popara. It was at my aunts house in north Serbia. I was there for a few months, during which time she made it quite a few times for my cousins and me. Probably because I asked for it. I still remember how I was obsessed with it! 🙂

This was just when war in Jugoslavia started and my family has sent me from Zagreb, where we lived, to Sombor, where my aunt lives. Later on, when I was reunited with my family, I remember asking my grandma to make me popara. And here is the recipe!

Popara-poor peoples food

Course: Serbian recipes


Total time






  • 3-4 thick slices of stale/dried out bread (white bread is usually used)

  • 250 gr hard white Serbian cheese/Greek feta or any other hard white cheese

  • 1,5 dl water

  • 2dl creme fresh/pavlaka

  • 1,5 dl milk


  • In a medium size bowl, pull apart bread into bite size chunks.
  • In a small bowl crumble the cheese. Add it to the bread chunks and mix briefly.
  • In a medium size pan add water and milk. Bring to boil then remove from the heat.
  • To the boiling water and milk add bread and cheese mixture, place on the medium to high heat again and mix using wooden spoon or regular spoon. Mix until the mixture is warmed through. Remove from the heat.
  • Add creme fresh/pavlaka and mix until evenly distributed.
  • Serve warm just as is or with some milk, yogurt och creme fresh/pavlaka/kiselo mleko on a side.

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