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Mekitsi (Bulgarian Fried Dough)


Mekitsi is a Bulgarian fried dough recipe that can be made for breakfast or brunch. Similar to donuts, but it can be eaten with powdered sugar (for sweet lovers) or some cheese (as a savory variation).


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  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon, stir the flour, water, yeast, salt and sugar together until combined.
  2. Let the dough rest for 1 hour at room temperature.
  3. With oiled hands form small pieces of the dough and fry them in hot oil on medium heat. (As soon as the dough hits the oil, spoon the hot oil over the dough to help it rise.)
  4. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  5. Serve with icing sugar, cheese or Greek yogurt.


  • Initially, the dough is very soft and pillowy to the point that it’s actually difficult to handle. However, given the time to rise, it becomes fluffier, and much easier to handle.
  • I recommend cooking this recipe on medium heat – I find that’s the sweet spot where it won’t burn on the outside or still be raw on the inside.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Bulgarian

Keywords: mekitsi, bulgarian fried dough, mekitsi fried dough, mekitsa, mekica

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