2 cups All purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup to 1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tsp saffron threads, slowly dry-roasted and powdered
3 cups sugar
2 2/3rd cups water
1/2 tsp green cardamom seeds or powder
2 Tbs rose water
Oil for frying
Orange food coloring
Mix the flour, baking powder and yogurt into a batter and keep aside for 2-24 hours. Pour batter into bottle, pastry bag, or similar.
Melt the sugar with the rose water and boil to soft ball stage. Basically, boil until a drop of sugar syrup will keep its form by itself when you drop it onto a spoon or plate. You can find temperatures online and use a candy thermometer if you want. Add the saffron strands and cardamom and stir well. If you're afraid to use cardamom you can also substiture all spice which is more tolerable for IC bladders. You can also simply omit the spice. Add food coloring.
Heat the oil in a deep pan on high heat, but not the highest heat. When its hot, drizzle the batter into the hot oil in circular motions, or really any way you like. Stars, hearts, and diamonds are also acceptable! Fry until golden on both sides, but don't burn it. It really only takes about 30 seconds on each side. Soak in sugar syrup for approx 3 minutes. Serve.
More professional versions. As you can see theirs is shinier--my syrup wasn't as syrupy. I probably needed more water in my recipe. Theirs is also more orange. You can use as much or as little food coloring as you like.
Note: Plain Yogurt is not on the IC diet, so if you want you can also try omitting this and using milk instead. If you do you should also omit the water in the recipe. You don't want the batter to be too thin.