Mekitsi or Bulgarian Fried Dough is a traditional Bulgarian dish prepared of kneaded dough made with yogurt that is deep fried. This type of fried dough is also popular in North Macedonia and Serbia, but it is called with different names such as pitulica or mekike.  

Mekitsi (Bulgarian Fried Dough)

The mekitsas are fried and often powdered with icing sugar and served with jam, honey, cheese or even yogurt.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: all-purpose flour, yogurt


  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • tsp yeast
  • 1/8 cup warm water
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • canola oil or Peanut Oil


  • Mix the yeast with warm water and set it aside in a warm place for 10 minutes.
  • Use a medium bowl to combine together yogurt and baking soda, stir well and set aside.
  • Add 3 cups of flour in a large bowl or you can use a food processor bowl.
  • Pour the rest of the ingredients and mix together. If you are using food processor run for 1 minute until it forms the dough.
  • Transfer the dough in lightly oiled bowl in a warm place and leave it to double its size for 1 hour.
  • Heat a large pan with oil to a medium heat.
  • Moist your hands and cut a small piece of dough with the size of a walnut. Place it on a lightly floured surface and pull the dough into a flat disk with diameter 3-4 inches.
  • Place it in the hot pan and fry it till gets brown then flip it to the other side.
  • Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to get out any extra oil.
  • Serve warm wand sprinkle with sugar or powdered sugar, add jam, honey, cheese on the side.

Inspiration and adaptation:,,
Biser Todorov/Wikipedia

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