Bialy, a Yiddish word short for "bialystoker", from Białystok, a city in Poland, is a small roll that is a traditional dish in Polish Ashkenazi cuisine. A traditional bialy has a diameter of up to 15 cm (6 inches) and is a chewy yeast roll similar to a bagel. Unlike a bagel, which is boiled before baking, a bialy is simply baked, and instead of a hole in the middle it has a depression. Before baking, this depression is filled with diced onions and other ingredients, including (depending on the recipe) garlic, poppy seeds, or bread crumbs.

The name bialy is short for bialystoker kuchen (Bialystok's Cake). The bialy were formerly little known outside of New York City, but have started to move into the larger market. They were originally brought into the United States by Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The bialy was first marketed in the United States during the early 1900s in the state of New York by Harry Cohen, a proprietor of a bagel (and later bialy) establishment.

In 2002, former "New York Times" food writer Mimi Sheraton wrote a book dedicated to the bialy, called "The Bialy Eaters: The Story of a Bread and a Lost World". She examined bialy making and used Kossar's Bialys as the background, and its long-time union bakers as key references for her research that took her to Poland in search of the original bialy bakers.

ee also


External links

* [ Bialy recipe at]
* [ Another bialy recipe]
* [ B&S Bialy, a bialy bakery in Brooklyn, NY]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • biały — I {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}przym. Ia, biali, bielszy {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} o kolorze: taki jak świeży śnieg; przeciwstawny do czarnego; bardzo jasny : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Biała koszula. Biały obrus. Białe owce. Biały jak kreda. {{/stl 10}}{{stl 20}}… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • bialy — bagel with onion flakes sprinkled on it, by 1936, ultimately short for BiaЕ‚ystok, city in modern Poland. The city name is lit. white river, from Pol. biaЕ‚y white + stok river (the Bialy River flows through the region) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bialy — Bialy, 1) Stadt, so v.w. Zülz; 2) Fluß, s.u. Bialystock …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • bialy — [byä′lē] n. pl. bialys [Yiddish, after BIAłYSTOK, where orig. made] a flat bread roll made with gluten flour and topped with chopped onions, etc.: also sp. biali …   English World dictionary

  • biały — białyali, bielszy «mający barwę właściwą śniegowi, mleku» Oślepiająco biały śnieg. Biały obrus. Białe obłoki, kwiaty. Zęby białe jak ser. Ponad śnieg bielszym się stanę. (Żeromski) ∆ Biały człowiek «potocznie o człowieku należącym do białej… …   Słownik języka polskiego

  • biały — 1. Białe tango, biały walc «tango, walc, do których panie proszą panów»: Wszystkie pary tańczą! Walc! Biały walc! Panie proszą panów! W. Myśliwski, Pałac. 2. Do białego dnia; do białego rana «do wschodu słońca, do świtu»: (...) wszyscy udają się… …   Słownik frazeologiczny

  • bialy — noun flat crusty bottomed onion roll • Syn: ↑bialystoker • Hypernyms: ↑onion roll * * * bialy 7 [bɪˈɑːli] [bɪˈɑːli] noun (pl …   Useful english dictionary

  • bialy — noun (plural bialys) Etymology: Yiddish, short for bialystoker, from bialystoker of Bialystok, city in Poland Date: 1965 a flat breakfast roll that has a depressed center and is usually covered with onion flakes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bialy — /bee ah lee, byah /, n., pl. bialies. a round, flat, leavened, onion flavored roll made of white flour, having a depression at the center and a crusty bottom. [1960 65; after BIALYSTOK] * * * …   Universalium

  • bialy — noun A flat bread roll topped with onion flakes. Instead of a hole like a bagel, it has a depression in the middle …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.