Recipes from Bulgaria: Mekitsi (Fried Pastry Dough)

Recipes from Bulgaria


Country: Bulgaria
Course: Dessert
Makes: About 18


  • 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 small egg
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for frying


  1. Put the yeast in the warm water and let sit for five minutes or so, or until frothy.
  2. Mix the yeast and water with the egg and yogurt. Keep stirring until well-blended.
  3. Add the flour and salt and mix until you get a soft dough. Let stand one hour.
  4. Heat some oil in a pot (you'll need two inches or so). Roll the dough out and cut into circles.
  5. Drop the dough into the hot oil and fry, turning once, until golden and puffy.
  6. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.