Zalabia (Lebanese Sweet Fritters)

Every culture has their own fried dough specialties
Zalabia

I guess every culture has their own fried dough specialties.  Zalabia (Lebanese sweet fritters) -  one of our favorite breakfast treats alongside Manakeesh - are traditional deep fried treats that are made of fermented dough - I call them a glorious affair. Simply because you can have them for breakfast with labneh and a cup of tea or dust them with some icing sugar and serve them as a dessert.  Any way you eat them, they are really great.

22
Servings
653
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

Zalabia

  • 21/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup canola oil
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons whole anise seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered milk
  • 1 Cup lukewarm water
  • 11/2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 3 Cups canola oil, for deep frying

Directions

Zalabia

In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, dry yeast, sesame seeds, anise seeds, milk and oil.

Add the lukewarm water.  Mix and knead thoroughly with the palm of your hands.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside for one hour or until the dough doubles in size.

Divide the dough into equal balls roughly the size of an egg (about 22 balls)

Roll each ball into a snack shape (about 15cm/6 inches long) with the palm of your hands.

Using a rolling pin, lightly flatten each to 1.5 cm/ about ½ inch thick.

With your finger, pierce creating 3 holes per dough.  Set aside for 25 minutes.

Heat the oil to an adequate frying temperature and deep fry the dough in batches to a golden color.  Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Enjoy.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
32g
46%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
78g
60%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin A, RAE
17µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
21µg
23%
Calcium, Ca
62mg
6%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
271µg
68%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
36mg
11%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
148mg
21%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
34µg
62%
Sodium, Na
13mg
1%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
19g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%