Zalabia - honey fritters

6 servings
35 min
30 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 6
2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp yeast powder

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp starch

sprinkle of salt

3/4 - 1 cup warm water

2-1/2 cup sugar

1-1/4 cup water

1-1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp rose water


  • Mix all the dry ingredients of the fritters together well then add the water, 3/4 cup first and mix then see if you need to add the rest, the consistency you are looking for is rather soft and sticky, like chewed bubblegum.
  • Cover the dough and leave in a warm oven to rise to app. double the size until it looks like this. Once it is done, then it is time to fry it. Fill a deep pan with frying oil enough for the fritters to be submerged in it, place on a medium heat burner until the oil is hot.
  • Rub some oil, or water in your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to them. With a teaspoon, scoop enough dough to fill half of it, push the dough with your thumb onto the oil while manipulating it with your forefinger to form a round/egg shape. That will take some practice to get the knack of it but you will learn it.
  • Once the pan is full, put the heat up and make sure the fritters are browned all over before fishing them out, put the heat off , dunk the done fritters into the syrup then go back to the now cooled off oil and make a fresh patch, once the pan is full again, put the heat on once more.
  • Add the sugar and lemon juice to the water in a saucepan and cook on medium heat until you see the sugar has dissolved and the mix has come to a bubble, lower the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes while stirring. once it has reached honey consistency, remove off heat and add rose water. cover and refrigerate until it is time to use.


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