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loukoumades fried greek donut balls

Loukoumades Greek Fried Donut Balls

  • Author: Samara
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 50 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Loukoumades, or Greek fried donut balls, are crispy, fried balls of dough that are drizzled with aromatic sugar simple syrup.



Loukomades Batter

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 2 tbsp powdered milk 
  • 2 tsp instant yeast 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Oil for frying


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Start by mixing the dry ingredients, then add the warm water and mix until there are no lumps. 
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let the batter rest for an hour. 
  3. After an hour, heat the oil on the stove. To check if it's hot enough, drop some batter in; if it bubbles, then the oil is ready. If not, wait a little bit for it to get hotter. 
  4. Using 2 teaspoons, dip one spoon in a bowl of water and scoop up some dough. Use the other spoon to scrape the dough into the oil. Repeat until you have a couple of dough balls frying in the oil.
  5. Use a frying spatula or slotted spoon to move them around in the oil, making sure they evenly fry on all sides. Once they're golden-brown, take them out of the oil and place them in a colander or on a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat until all of your dough is fried. 
  6. Prepare the simple syrup by mixing all the ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil, and cook while mixing frequently until it thickens. Set aside to cool. 
  7. Drizzle the simple syrup on top of the loukoumades and sprinkle your toppings of choice. 


  • Serve immediately, they're best when fresh and crispy. 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 10 loukomades
  • Calories: 200
  • Sugar: 4.2 g
  • Sodium: 4 mg
  • Fat: 14.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 1 mg

Keywords: loukoumades, fried dough balls, Greek donuts, zalabya, dessert recipes, dessert, simple syrup, sugar syrup, plain loukoumades

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