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Luqmat al-Qadi
Lokma (Luqmat el Qadi)
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
Rest Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

The luqmat el qadi, also called lokma in Turkish or loukoumádes in Greek, is a pastry made from batter fried and soaked in syrup or sometimes honey, famous in the Gulf countries, Egypt and the Levant countries.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Iraqi, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Nita Ragoonanan
For the dough
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour , sifted
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup warm water (at 95 F / 36˚C)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
For the leaven
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
For the syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
  • A few saffron threads
  1. Mix the flour, yeast, sugar, and water.
  2. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 20 minutes.
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the flour and cornstarch.
  2. Dig a well in the center and add the leaven.
  3. While kneading at low speed, gradually add water.
  4. After incorporating the water, add salt and knead at medium speed for 5 minutes.
  5. Cover the bowl with a cloth and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour.
  1. While the dough is rising, prepare the syrup.
  2. Mix sugar, water, lemon juice, rose water and saffron.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes before turning off and let cool.
  1. Heat a large volume of oil in a deep skillet to a temperature of 350 F (170°C).

  2. Punch the dough and then, using a teaspoon, previously dipped in oil, take a little piece of dough, form a ball and add to cooking oil.
  3. Fry the dough balls for a few minutes, stirring constantly with a skimmer or spoon, until golden brown.
  4. Be sure to keep the temperature of the oil at 350 F (170°C).

  1. Soak the hot luqmat el qadi directly into the cold syrup.
  2. Allow to absorb and drain in a colander or on a wire rack if necessary.