Lokma is a very popular street dessert in Turkey. Especially on the Turkish Aegean coast, people eat lokma with ice cream and cinnamon in summer. Let’s move on with Turkish Fried Dough Dessert recipe.

Also known in Greek cuisine as “loukoumades” and Arabic cuisine as “luqaimat” or “legemat”, lokma is very easy to make.

One little note: “Lokma” means “bite, morsel” in Turkish, so make sure the pieces of your dessert are bite-sized.

You can use the same dough (but with a bit more salt) to make another famous Turkish breakfast staple, “pişi”.

Turkish Fried Dough Dessert


For the batter:

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 tablespoon dried yeast

1/2 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cups warm water

1 cup water

1 egg

1 cup vegetable oil

For the syrup:

2 cups water

2½ cups sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Turkish Fried Dough Dessert Recipe

Mix sugar, yeast and warm water in a bowl and wait for 10 minutes for the yeast to come alive.

Sift the flour and salt into a big bowl.

Add the yeast, egg and 1 cup of water into the flour.

Whisk the ingredients with a fork or a whisker until it becomes a fluid batter.

Let the batter rest and rise for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, start making the syrup. Mix the water and the sugar in a pot.

Turn up the heat and cook the mixture until the sugar melts and the syrup thickens.

Before turning off the oven, add the lemon juice and let it boil once. Then let the syrup cool down.

Put the oil into a deep frying pan and turn up the heat.

Once the oil is hot enough, make little balls of batter with your hand or with a spoon and drop them into the oil.

Keep shaking the pan so that the pieces don’t stick with each other.

Once their exterior is golden brown, remove from the oil and put them into the syrup.

Your dessert is ready. You can enjoy it with cinnamon, ice cream, nuts or plain.

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