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Lukumades - Greek Doughnuts

Servings 15 doughnuts
Author Natalie


For the doughnuts:

  • 200 ml. (1 cup) thick Greek yogurt
  • 40 g (2 tbsp.) honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. ouzo
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 175 grams (1 ΒΌ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

For frying:

  • 1 liter of vegetable oil

For honey syrup:

  • 180 ml. (3/4 cup) water
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 120 grams (1/3 cup) honey



  1. In a large bowl, mix yogurt, honey, egg, ouzo, vanilla, salt, flour and baking powder until you get a sticky dough.
  2. In a medium-wide pan heat oil over medium heat. The oil is ready for frying when a handle of a wooden spoon is inserted into it and small bubbles are created around it.
  3. Using 2 tablespoons or an ice cream scoop, create small doughnuts and place carefully in the hot oil.
  4. Fry for 4-5 minutes or until golden on all sides.
  5. Remove from the oil into a plate lined with paper towel. Cool a bit at room temperature.

Honey syrup:

  1. Put water, sugar and honey in a pot and cook over a high flame for 4-5 minutes until thick syrup is obtained.
  2. Dip the prepared doughnuts in the syrup and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • The doughnuts are at their best as soon as possible. It is recommended to serve them warm.
  • It is important not to give up the ouzo because it helps to absorb less oil into the doughnuts when frying. If you do not have ouzo, you can convert with any other alcohol you may have such as vodka or rum.