Lgeimat: Saffron and Cardamom Fritters

Lgeimat: Saffron and Cardamom Fritters

Recipe for a traditional Middle Eastern doughnut topped with a cardamom and saffron syrup.
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  • Serves: 20 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    To make the syrup, add the sugar, water, lemon juice, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron and pinch of salt to a large pot. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves. Allow to sit while you make the fritters.
  3. Step 3

    In a large bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  4. Step 4

    In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and Greek yogurt.
  5. Step 5

    Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until ​dough forms. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    In a large pot, heat the oil to 350 F.
  7. Step 7

    Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop (anywhere from 1/2- to 1-ounce depending on what you have), scoop the dough into the hot oil. Work in batches so as not to overcrowd the pot.
  8. Step 8

    Stir the fritters around so that they get browned on all sides. Total frying time for each batch should be about 2 to 3 minutes. When they're browned, drain them on a paper towel.
  9. Step 9

    Once all are fried, move them to a bowl, pour the syrup over them and top with the strips (or zest) of the lemon rind. Serve immediately.