Saffron Bites (Lokaymat)

Saffron Bites (Lokaymat)

Prep. 15 mins
Cooking 5 mins
Serving 4
Middle Eastern

INGREDIENTS Measurements


1 teaspoon active yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon saffron
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Oil for deep frying
Cane or date molasses, to serve
Sesame , to garnish



  • In a small bowl dissolve yeast and sugar in ½ cup water, and leave for 5 minutes until foamy.
  • Infuse saffron in ½ cup water and put aside.
  • Beat egg and oil with the remaining water, in an electric mixer, on medium speed.
  • Add yeast mixture and saffron, continue beating until well combined.
  • Add flour gradually, and knead after each addition, to have well combined batter.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place for an hour.
  • Heat oil over medium heat. Alongside the bowl of batter, have a small bowl of oil.
  • Take some batter (the size of pistachio) with the tip of a small spoon. Using another oiled small spoon, carefully slip batter from spoon into hot oil. (It will puff into a larger ball).
  • Deep fry until golden brown, turning to brown evenly.
  • Drain on a paper towel, serve with cane or date molasses or sprinkle some sesame to garnish.

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