Zalabia - Egyptian Fritters

Zalabia - Egyptian Fritters

During my latest stay in Egypt I came across this recipe that is very similar to a doughnut hole. However the texture is not as cake like. It is more biscuit like and not as sweet. This recipe is made with the simplest of ingredients and very easy to make. It is also egg free which is great for anyone with egg allergies.

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I find these the perfect addition to a cup of tea or coffee!


For the zalabia dough:

3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/4 teaspoon salt
Oil for frying
Powered sugar (for coating if not using syrup)

For the simple syrup:

2 cups sugar
1 cup water 
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preparation For Zalabia Dough:

1. Make the dough by mixing the yeast with the sugar and 1/3 cup of warm water. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes,  until the mixture is frothing.
2. In a large bowl combine the yeast mixture with the flour and salt. Slowly add water until dough forms. Knead well.

3. Spoon dough with teaspoon and form into a ball shape using your hands.

4. Add oil to a frying pan, enough so that the dough will be submersed. Heat oil until hot.

5. Carefully place balls into oil, only a few at a time. When 
balls are cooked they will rise to the top of the oil and look golden brown.

6. Remove balls from oil and place on plate covered with a paper towel.

7. Coat balls in syrup or powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Preparation For Simple Syrup:

1. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, add the sugar and water.

2. Once the sugar dissolves add lemon juice.

3. Simmer until thick enough to coat the back 
of a metal spoon (about 10 to 15 minutes).

4. Remove from heat.

Zalabia - Egyptian Fritters

Have you ever tried zalabia before?

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  1. These look so good. Ever since I was little, Egypt was a dream travel destination. Since I can't travel there right now, cooking food from there seems like an amazing idea. (Not to mention these look like exactly what I'm craving right now!) Glad I'm reading it in the kitchen, because as I'm reading and commenting, I'm also gathering ingredients and beginning the first steps! Thank you for the recipe I can't wait to eat them.

  2. A very interesting recipe and the picture looks really delicious! I think it's great that you have brought a memory back from your traveling and shared it with us.

  3. Nom, nom, nom. These little confections look absolutely delicious! Eggs aren't a problem for our family though wheat flour is one thing I'd have to replace in this recipe.

  4. Those look so good. Love fried dough :)

    Michelle F

  5. I think that would be a nice treat with coffee or tea too. Thank you for the share!

  6. I like the idea of them not being so sweet and cake like. I'm not into desserts that are too sweet. I rarely by donut holes, but could definitely be interested in trying these...

  7. These sound yummy and don't look too difficult! I just might have to give them a shot. I have a crazy sweet tooth, however, my hubby prefers his desserts to be closer to savory.

  8. I love trying new things. These look really good and I think my kids would like them.

  9. I think my kids would enjoy these. But I think I'll make my husband make them.

  10. These look so good! I love fritters, especially the sweet ones!

  11. Yum! These sound delicious. I love that they are egg and dairy free!

  12. Yummy! I'm always looking for little app ideas to serve when people come to visit. I'm printing this and adding it to my book.

  13. oh yummy, this sounds good AND easy to make! I pinned this one to my dessert board

  14. Looks great! May have to keep this for when we study Egypt!

  15. These look delicious! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  16. May have to try these sometime.

  17. I love fritters but haven't had Egyptian fritters before! They sound interesting ;) Thank you for sharing with us at Tasty Tuesdays! I've pinned & stumbled this post & will be featuring you today on Anyonita Nibbles.

  18. These sounds so yummy! I bet my 6 year old would love them!

  19. How intriguing I have never seen those.