Sweet Fried Dough (Khanfarosh)

Sweet Fried Dough (Khanfarosh)

Prep. 20 mins
Cooking 5 mins
Serving 4
Middle Eastern

INGREDIENTS Measurements


1 tablespoon active yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon saffron
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon rose water
Vegetable oil, for shallow frying



  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in ½ cup of the warm water and leave for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  • In another bowl, mix flour, saffron, cardamom, and salt. Add eggs, rose water, yeast mixture and remaining water and stir until blended. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  • Heat oil to 160˚C (325˚F) in a shallow frying pan.
  • Take a tablespoon of dough with an oiled spoon, place in the frying pan, patting slightly with the back of the spoon to form a disc. Fry for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Repeat to shape and fry remaining dough.
  • Drain on paper towels. Arrange on a serving plate.


  • A traditional sweet of United Arab Emirates.

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