Mekici (мекици, mekitsi) is traditional Bulgarian breakfast. The best description is deep fried dough. It’s very similar to the doughnuts, but less sweet and even a bit sour as it is made with yeast. 

Mekici are traditionally served generously coated with icing sugar and accompanied by jams, white cheese and even as a substitute for bread. 

My variation guarantee you the traditional taste, but is super easy to make. I used a ziplock plastic bag for the rising of the starter and it turned the best mekici I ever made. 


For the starter

– 2 cups warm water

– 11 g dry yeast 

– 1 tsp sugar

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 1 cup all purpose flour 

For the dough 

– your starter 🔝

– 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour 

– 1/4 oil 

– extra oil for frying 

– icing sugar to serve


Start by making your starter. Mix the ingredients together and zip the bag. Let it double in size. It took mine around 15 minutes. You know it’s ready when big bubbles appear. Transfer to a big bowl and add the rest of the flour. Start gently mix and neat with your hands. When is nearly into shape add oil so you can easily form elastic, yet firm dough. In a small pan add about 1 finger oil and heat on low. Take small pieces of dough and flatten with hands. Fry each side until golden (1-2 minutes). Serve with icing sugar. 


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