Bulgarian Mekitsi Recipe – Bulgarian Fried Doughnuts

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Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

Let us show you how to make mekitsa  – a traditional Bulgarian doughnut my kids fell in love with while we traveled to Bulgaria this year.

Mekitsi are made of a kneaded dough and yogurt – deep fried and topped with your choice of sweet or savory toppings. Mekitsi are also popular in North Macedonia and Serbia, called mekike, mekica, or pitulica.

The mekitsi recipe is easy, with no difficult moments, and the dough is soft and easy to work with. In Bulgaria, women often prepare it in the evening and put it in the fridge overnight to prepare a quick homemade breakfast the next day (usually on weekends). This recipe will turn out crispy outside and soft inside – delicious.


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Bulgarian Mekitsi Recipe

Bulgarian Mekitsi (Bulgarian Fried Doughnuts)

Let us show you how to make mekitsa  - a traditional Bulgarian doughnut. This mekitsi recipe is easy, and they will turn out crispy outside and soft inside - delicious.



  • 1/2 kg of white flour (type 500)
  • 200 g of yogurt
  • 100 ml of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 8 g of dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of sunflower oil
  • Sunflower (neutral) oil for frying


  • Your choice of Bulgarian white cheese, feta cheese, yogurt, jam, honey, maple syrup, or powdered sugar


  • Mix the yogurt and baking soda and leave for 10 min
  • Mix the milk, dry yeast, and sugar and leave for 10 min
  • Sift the flour
  • Add the egg, yogurt, milk, and salt to the flour
  • Form a soft dough
  • Add the oil to the dough and cover it with plastic wrap
  • Let it rise for 1-2 hours (or overnight in the fridge)
  • Make small dough balls
  • Press the ball and stretch it with your hands until the mekitsa is thick, about ½ cm
  • Fry in preheated oil on medium heat (1-2 min on each side)
  • Serve warm with Bulgarian white cheese, yogurt, ayran (yogurt and water drink), jam, honey, maple syrup, or simply dust with powdered sugar - or for extra fun, try using the mekitsi as a wrap for a hotdog
Traditional Bulgarian doughnut recipe

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