Al Zalabiyah

Al Zalabiyah is a popular gulf favorite especially during Ramadan. This sugary sweet is served with Arabic coffee. Many people add a few drops of food color to obtain a bright color. Red, orange and yellow are the traditional colors used. Fresh saffron can be used to obtain a natural golden color. 

 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 cups + 2 tablespoons warm water
Pinch saffron
3 tablespoons rose water
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
Sunflower oil for frying
2 cups sugar syrup

1.      In a small bowl add yeast, sugar and 2 tablespoons of warm water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until frothy. In another small bowl add rose water and saffron and allow sitting for 5 minutes as well.

2.      In a large mixing bowl add flour and cardamom. Add rose water and yeast mixture. Carefully add water until a buttermilk consistency forms. The mixture should not be too thick or thin. Mix well removing any lumps. Cover with a damp towel and allow sitting in a warm place for 1 hour.

3.      In a large sauté pan on medium heat add 6 cm of oil, enough for frying. Meanwhile, pour sugar syrup in a medium sized bowl and prepare a large platter or strainer. In a small spout or funnel pour batter into small spiral circles quickly. Allow to cook until golden on each side.

4.      Remove from oil, roll in sugar syrup and allow excess syrup to drain.

Yields: 2 dozen

6 fabulous comments:

  1. Yuliana1/26/2012

    thanks for the recipe! I ate this 5 years ago at a Mediterranean restaurant in US. I've been looking for the name and recipe, but couldn't find it.

  2. Amna Afzaal1/26/2012

    Oh its our traditional sweet-dish and in Urdu it is called Jalebi... I love to eat it in Suhr in Ramadan by soaking it in warm milk... its so delicious :)
    For me it is very difficult to make, so we buy it from our nearest Pakistani sweet-shop.

  3. Noor1/27/2012

    Your welcome I am so glad you were able to find it here. Amna this is a popular sweet in Pakistan, the Gulf and Turkey :)

  4. NeverEver1/31/2012

    Lol its a fancy funnel cake... :-P mashaAllah looks yummy

  5. Noor1/31/2012

    OMG thats were my exact words lol

  6. NeverEver2/01/2012

    Hhaaha, twins. Seriously subhanAllah great minds think alike :-P


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