Awama from Arab Cuisine

Awama donuts - bite-sized donuts from Arab cuisine dipped in sugar syrup - small donuts that are worth adopting and preparing for Hanukkah and when you want to enjoy a little bit

  • DessertsType
  • MediumDifficulty
  • 30-60 minPrep. Time
  • 50Serving/Unit


The dough
Saffron, 1/4 teaspoon
soak in 3 tablespoons of warm water
White flour, 140 g (1 cup)
Corn starch, 140 g (1 cup)
Wheat semolina, 50 g (1/4 cup)
Dry yeast, 10 g (1 flat tablespoon)
Sugar, 12 g (1 tablespoon)
Water, 1½ cups
The oil for frying
Canola oil, 1/4 cup
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The sugar syrup
Sugar, 1 cup
Water, 1 cup
Lemon juice, few drops
Orange flower water, 1 teaspoon


1. Mix all the dough ingredients in the mixer bowl with a kneading hook for about 5 minutes (add the saffron together with the water in which it has been soaked).
2. Cover the bowl and rise for about an hour until doubled in volume.
3. Prepare the sugar syrup: Boil the water with the sugar, add the orange flower water and lemon, mix and set aside.
4. Transfer the dough to a large pastry bag and heat the oil in a deep pot to 338°F (170°C).
5. Pour small balls of dough directly into the hot oil (just like making Churro - use scissors).
6. Fry on both sides until deep golden and then dip in the sugar syrup we prepared. You get just the perfect Arab donuts called Awama!
7. Bon appetite (:

Total time: 1-2 hours

The amount of oil in the recipe is the estimate amount absorbed in the Awama after frying. The oil should be used is for deep frying. The nutritional value does not include the orange flower water. I did not use potatoes like in many other Awama recipes but corn starch and semolina (according to a recipe by chef Nof Atamna). The saffron gives a little color to the donuts. I lowered the amount of sugar in the syrup and that's fine with me. Good luck!

Nutritional Values Serving/Unit 100 Grams
Calories 47 cal 196 cal
Proteins 0 g 2 g
Carbohydrates 9 g 37 g
Fat 1 g 5 g
The nutritional values appearing on this website are intended to provide general information only, and do not constitute a recommendation, a substitute for consulting a specialist or receiving medical advice.
Haya Ilona Dar Recipe by Haya Ilona Dar
Awama from Arab Cuisine
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