Zoolbia va Bamieh (Tulumba Tatlisi)

  February 17, 2024   Read time 1 min
Zoolbia va Bamieh (Tulumba Tatlisi)
Zoolbia is a traditional crunchy and sweet Iranian sweet. It is a deep-fried item made with flour, cornstarch, yogurt, saffron, rosewater, and syrup. After frying, zoolbias are soaked in a sugar syrup flavored with saffron and rose water.

Zoolbia is an item among popular Iranian sweets. Its popularity comes from the Iranian Culture during Ramadhan. You can always find it at parties for Iftar during that month. This sweet, is most of the time served next to Bamiye. The combination of their tastes and textures creates an unforgettable memory in your mind.


  • 1 glass wheat starch
  • 1 glass yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon white flour
  • ½ soupspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon thick brewed saffron


Add the wheat starch and the yogurt to a dish and mix them. When they are completely mixed, add the flour and the baking powder. Once again mix the ingredient sand finally add the brewed saffron and mix the ingredients. The final mixture should be neither too thick nor too weak. Use a to separate the dough from possible non-dissolved pieces of wheat starch. Cover the dish with plastic wrap for at least an hour. After some time, small bubbles must be formed on the mixture.

Before frying the mixture, mix the ingredients one more time. Preheat some oil in a frying pan and when the oil is hot enough (to check if it is hot enough, add a small amount of the mixed ingredients. If it got puffy and bigger quickly, it means the oil is hot enough), add the mixed ingredients to the oil using a disposable pastry bag or a disposable plastic dish for sauce. Form small circles and create a rounded shape.

When both sides look golden (the color might not change a lot. Don't worry), take the sweet out of the frying pan and put it in some syrup (the syrup mustn’t be cold). put the Zulbia inside the syrup all at once. It will give the sweet a nice color. After some minutes, take it out of the syrup and use a sieve to let the extra syrup drip.

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