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 Responses to Al Zalabiyah

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

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

  • OMG thats were my exact words lol

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

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