Mugassgas is a popular southern Omani dessert that is essentially cardamom scented fried bread. It’s pretty simple to make and one of the tastiest desserts you will come across. Although they are fried they are not greasy at all which is a big plus to me, if you allow your oil get hot enough and cook for just the right time then your food won’t taste oily, so those things are pretty important. You can drizzle honey on top, sprinkle ground pistachios or powdered sugar on top, or just leave them plain. These little golden triangles are also served with chai karak.
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons warm water
18 tablespoons all purpose flour
2-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
Dash of salt
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup warm water (maybe less)
Sunflower oil for frying (1 inch of oil)
1. In a small bowl, add yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar, add warm water, mix and allow to sit until frothy, about 10 minutes.
2. In a mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, cardamom and salt, mix. Add yeast mixture and milk, mix well. Add the water a little bit at a time until a dough consistency has formed (not too sticky or dry). Roll dough into a ball, place back into bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then sit in a warm place for 1 hour, the dough will slightly rise.
3. Add 1 inch of oil into a saute pan on medium heat, allow the oil to reach 350F. Meanwhile, divide the dough into two even halves. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a round, about 1/8 of an inch thick and cut into 4 wedges by cutting in half and then another half.
4. Carefully place the dough into the hot oil and allow each side to turn golden, no more than a few minutes on each side. Place on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar or ground pistachios.