Zalabia (Lebanese Sweet Fritters)

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Zalabia (Lebanese sweet fritters) are a traditional deep fried treats that are made of fermented dough.


  • 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


Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 120 Minutes
Servings: 22


  • 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.


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