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Zlabia is a deep fried dessert that is served in Egypt. The exact shape and recipe of the dessert will vary from location to location. But it usually consists of deep fried flour fritters that are soaked in cool syrup.

Ingredients and Popular Methods of Making Zlabia

Wheat flour is fermented with yeast for an hour. The bubbles are whisked out and the batter is added to a press. For spiral Zlabia recipe versions, one needs a squeeze bottle or a press. For round dumpling versions, one can just spoon balls of flour into the hot oil. Once the fritters are fried, they are removed with a slotted spoon and dipped into hot syrup made with honey, lemon juice, and water.

Serving and Eating Suggestions For Zlabia

Zlabia is usually served hot with syrup in Egypt and the Middle East countries but one can also serve them with powdered sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top. In India, the Zlabia is served with ice cream, or with cream and kulfis. It can be served hot or cold depending on personal choice.

Popular Variations of the Zlabia

Deep fried dough fritters are common all over the world. Different cultures have diverse versions of the same fritters that are soaked in syrup and called with different names. The dough is usually yellow or deep orange red, deep fried and then soaked in sugar or honey syrup. The fritter is also referred to by many other names like Zalabia, Luqmat el Qadi, Jelebi, or Zoolbia. The dish is basically the same although it has many names. In Iran, the dish is called Zoolabiya and is in the form of spirals. In Turkey, Afghanistan, Greece and Cyprus, local versions are present that are round like tiny lemons. In Lebanon, the dish is called Zellabiya and is spiral in shape. In the entire Indian subcontinent, there are several versions present in the form of circles and even double circles. The only difference between the Indian jelebi and the Arabic Zlabia is the fermentation that is done in the Arabic version as well as honey which is the preferred sweetener.

Nutritional Value Of Zlabia

The Zlabia is a deep fried dessert rich in sugar and honey. It has roughly 132 calories in a single serving of the dish.