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Lokma is a delicious and easy Turkish dessert. Balls of dough fried until golden and covered with tasty syrup.

Lokma(Turkish Fried Dough)

  • Author: The Nomadic Cook
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 1x


Lokma is a delicious and easy Turkish dessert. Sweet balls of dough fried until golden and covered with tasty syrup


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For the dough

  • Store-bought bread dough
  • Vegetable cooking oil

For the syrup

  • 2 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice


Making the syrup

About 30 minutes before you start cooking the dough prepare the syrup.

  1. Mix the sugar and water and add to a saucepan. Gently heat it up for about 10-15 minutes until sugar is a syrup consistency. Add the lemon juice and cook for another 5 minutes or so. Leave it to cool down.

Cooking the dough

  • Lightly flour a flat surface like your kitchen table. Then roll out the bread dough with a bread roller to about 6mm thickness. Make sure to turn the dough around twice.

  • Use a circular bottle cap or something similar with a diameter of about 4cm (1.5inches) cut the dough into circles and place it on a lightly floured tray.  Cover the dough with a plastic sheet and leave it in a warm place for about 15 minutes or so until it has risen to about double its original size.
  • While the dough is rising, add about 3 inches/ 8cm of vegetable oil to your wok and heat up to 185°C/ 365°F (Make sure there are no kids running around that can knock over the hot oil, Safety first)
  • Gently add the first lokma ball into the hot oil. Now continuously pour hot oil over the dough with a slotted spoon until it rises and puffs up. Do this for a few minutes until it keeps its shape. Then you can leave it for 1-2 minutes until nicely browned.

  • Remove the lokma balls with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate with absorbent paper. After a minute transfer them to another plate and drizzle the lokma balls with the syrup and enjoy!



  • The equipment section above contains affiliate links to products I use or recommend.
  • The biggest secret to crispy Lokma balls is to continuously pour hot oil over the dough with a slotted spoon in the beginning until it has taken its shape.
  • Please be careful with the hot oil and don’t burn yourself. Use a thermometer to measure the temperature and make sure it is in the 185C/365F degree range
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Deep fry
  • Cuisine: Middle East

Keywords: Lokma