You are up for a pleasant surprise if you’ve never tried this Turkish delicacy! Tulumba dessert is a treat well known in the Middle East and the Balkans area (influenced by the Ottoman Empire in the past). It’s one of the most flavorful fried pastries in the world, and once you try it, you’ll see why.
If you want to learn how to make this sweet miracle and see why it’s one of the most common desserts in certain parts of the world, check out our blog. We’ll give you the full tulumba recipe, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to make it.
So, read on and learn all about this deep-fried snack.
The Necessary Ingredients
- The Syrup
We’ll let you decide this part for yourself. There are a lot of options out there on how to make the syrup for a tulumba recipe. You can use any store-bought syrup, warm honey, or try making your own topping.
Since this is an article on how to make tulumba, our recommendation is to make everything from scratch and enjoy the fried pastries using the original recipe.
If you decide to try the original version, you’ll need:
- 3 cups of sugar
- 3 glasses of water
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 packs of vanilla sugar ( you can use 1 teaspoon of cinnamon as well)
We’ll let you know how to make the syrup in the step-by-step guide.
- The Dough
The key component of every tulumba dessert is the dough. Once you get a handle on making the dough correctly, you can say you know how to make tulumba. To do that, you’ll need proper ingredients first:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons of semolina
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
And, of course, you’ll need oil for frying. Sunflower oil is mostly used to make these types of fried pastries.
How to Make Tulumba Dessert Step-by-Step
The first step in every tulumba recipe is making the syrup. Pour the water and the sugar into a pot and let it boil until it’s dark. It usually takes around 30 minutes for this process to finish. Then, add lemon juice and vanilla sugar and stir everything together. Let everything cool off at room temperature, and then move it to the fridge.
It’s time to prepare the dough. Get a pot, fill it with water, butter, sugar, and salt, and bring it to a boil. Pour in the flour and mix everything while keeping the stove at a lower temperature. Keep mixing for about 5 minutes. Let the dough cool before going to step 3.
Add one egg every couple of minutes and use an electric mixer to conjoin the mixture. Then, add lemon juice and semolina, and keep mixing for another 5 minutes.
It’s time to deep fry! Get a deep pot so the entire tulumbas can be inside the oil at once. Put the dough inside a bag with a star nozzle, and start frying your dessert. Once the oil is piping hot, you can squeeze some dough into the pan. Cut off the tulumbas at any length you prefer. A couple of inches is the usual size. Keep frying until the pastries reach a golden color.
Take out the dessert pieces and drain all the oil off them. Dip them in syrup one by one, and they’re ready to go. Usually, they are served cold, but some people like them warm as well.
Give them a try either way and let us know how you prefer them. You can also visit Rakija Grill and taste how our chefs make it!