Tulumba (Deep-Fried Pastry with Syrup)

Tulumba is a popular dessert found in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire. It is a fried pastry soaked in syrup.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
25 servings


  • 2 cups water

  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 5 large eggs

  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying


  • 5 cups white sugar

  • 2 ½ cups water


  1. Bring 2 cups of water and 6 tablespoons oil to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Remove from heat and stir in flour and baking powder until well combined. Allow to cool, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Add eggs, one by one, and then beat with an electric mixer until mixture is smooth and homogeneous.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare the syrup. Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool, at least 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. While syrup cools, heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Spoon dough into a tulumba syringe or an icing bag with a special nozzle and pipe small portions of dough into the hot oil. You can also drop spoonfuls of dough into the hot oil, but then the tulumbas won't have the traditional shape. Work in batches and fry tulumbas until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool, about 10 minutes. Transfer tulumbas to a bowl and pour cooled syrup on top. Allow to soak for at least 2 hours.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
6g Fat
45g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 25
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 3g
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 32mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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