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How to make Easy Petulla Recipe (Soft Fried Dough)

Welcome to another Albanian Balkan recipe. On today’s video, we are making petulla which is pretty much fried dough and the closest you can get to an American recipe is donuts.Now you might ask what’s the main difference? Well the difference is that donuts usually rely more on the sweet side whereas petulla rely more on the savory side.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Albanian
Servings 8 peopl
Calories 1000 kcal


  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1-1.5 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Yeast
  • 0.5 tsp Salt


Preparing the dough for Petulla

  • In a large bowl, let’s combine all the ingredients together adding the water little by little. As I have mentioned it before, we usually never know how much water a flour needs.
  • Depending on the environment, depending on the humidity, sometimes it might need more and sometimes it might need less.
  • What we usually do is that we add half of the water first. Then we continue to add little by little until we get the perfect texture.

What is the perfect texture?

  • Now you might ask what is the perfect texture. The texture that we’re looking for this time is for the dough to be soft and on the sticky side. Once the dough is ready, we are going to cover it with plastic wrap and then let it rest for about an hour.
  • Now that the dough has rested, you’re gonna notice that it becomes smoother but it is still sticky.
  • We are going to work it with our hands for about five to ten minutes and then put it back in the bowl. Cover it up and let it rest in the fridge overnight. Now this part might be confusing.
  • The traditional recipe usually calls for the dough to be cooked right away and not store it in the fridge overnight. So naturally you might be asking why are we storing the dough in the fridge overnight? 

Cooking the Petulla

  • After the dough has been resting overnight in the fridge, we are going to take it out. Let it rest for another 2 hours at room temperature and now the dough is perfectly ready to be cooked.
  • Using a wet spoon, we are going to cut the dough and then fry it in a pan full of oil on medium heat. Petulla are perfectly cooked once they get that brownish golden color. Make sure to flip them every one or two minutes.


Keyword Albanian Food, Albanian Recipe, Breakfast Recipe, Petulla