Gulgula (Mini Donut)

Gulgula (Mini Donut)

Gulgula (Indian Mini Donuts)

Gulgulas are like lightly sweetened mini donuts. In India these are made for special occasions. This is a quick and easy to make recipe. They make good finger food even for the kids on the go. This is an easy recipe to make when you are craving for something sweet.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 tbsp yogurt dahi curd
  • 3 tbsp water approx.


  • Mix whole-wheat flour, yogurt, sugar, fennel seeds, and oil, add water slowly as needed to make the thick consistency batter.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.
  • The frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. (To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away).
  • Slowly drop 1 teaspoon of batter at a time in to the oil. Don’t over crowd the frying pan.
  • Fry the Gulgulas golden brown all sides, turning them occasionally. It will take 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove the gulgulas and place over a paper towel so the excess oil is absorbed.


Tips, If oil is not hot enough gulgulas will stick to the bottom of the frying pan.
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54 thoughts on “Gulgula (Mini Donut)

  1. Dear Manjula,

    I don’t have yoghurt at the moment can i still make the gulgulay? Can i add a fee drops of vanilla extract into the dough? Can i use gur sugar instead of white sugar? If so how much spoons/cups?

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe! I was delighted with how it tasted – the fennel gave such a great flavor (and I’m not usually a fan) – and how easy it was to make. One thing that wasn’t “perfect” was that when I dropped the batter into the hot oil, some of the batter would sort of float off and the balls didn’t stay solid and perfect like yours. Does this mean my oil was too cool, too hot, or maybe my batter was too thin? I would love to hear your thoughts!

  3. We prepare Gulgulas during Ramzan Eid and simply put them as dumplings in SheerKhurma and eat. The recipe has been in our family from generations. The only difference is that we use Jaggery instead of sugar. Nevertheless, this recipe will also taste as good!

      1. Or replace fennel seeds with vanilla in the mixture. Let teh gulgulas come to room temperature after frying and sprinkle some icing sugar and dried lavender flowers. The flavour is different, but presentation enhances a lot.

  4. Hi,
    I’m a grad student living abroad and often follow your site to make food, which turns outs really yummy!
    Could you please clarify
    1.whether yogurt should be used? I couldn’t find in the method.
    2. Can I use all purpose flour, instead of whole-wheat flour?

  5. dear manjula ji
    there is a newe recipe of gulgulas for you ,
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    400 grm goud(jaggery)
    1 tabelspoon fennel seeds
    3 tea spoon soyabin oil
    2 cup of water
    oil for frying

    how to make:-
    1) take a steel container add water and jaggery to it put it on te high flame till the jaggery compeletly mix into water.
    2)now take another container add ,flour,oil,fennel seeds ,baking soda to it.
    3)now add this all Ingredients in that jaggerywaterted container mix it well
    4) now heat the oil for frying the gulgulas .let them became brown take them out of the pan and surve it
    (note :- this recipe will make 30 -40 gulgulas)

    1. Thanks a lot Jasveer,your recipe reminded me the way my mami ji use to make gulgule, when i was a kid and use to visit my nanke during vacations.thanks a lot will try this soon.

  6. Dear Manjulaji,

    I would like to know the recipe for a sponge cake without using eggs and without an electric oven. How can I prepare in pressure cooker. Please reply.



  7. I just tried your recipe. This was my first attempt at making gulgulas. They taste very good but my finish product looked nothing like yours. Ms. Manjula, I was wondering what would cause gulgulas to explode in half or into little pieces? My gulgulas would not hold together. What could cause this problem?

      1. Namaste Ms. Manjual. You were so right, I added to much yogurt and oil while making gulgula.

        May you and Alex continue to be blessed by loving family members and friends during your royal treatment throughout India.

  8. Dear Manjula ji,

    I have tried several of your recipes and they all cam out good. I am collecting compliments which really should go to you. My questions with this recipe-
    1- can we sprinkle some powdered sugar?
    2- can this be served at room temperature ? if so how long can I store it at room temperature?

  9. (Do you prefer to be called Manjula, Manjula Aunty, or Manjula-ji?)

    Have you any recipes that use any of these: jicama, mushrooms, garlic as a main ingredient, or any toddler food recipes?

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful cuisine with the world! It is an honor to learn from you –


  10. hi aunty
    I tried golgulas yesterday. It came out very well. My husband and daughter liked them a lot. Thanks for the recipe.
    Can u provide me the recipes using tofu

  11. Manjula

    Thank you so much for all your recipes, they have helped me a lot and I have tasted new flavours =)

    Again Thank You So Much

    Greetings from Colombia

  12. Thankyou very much for the wonderful recipe “Gulgula”. You brought back my childhood memories. In the age of cakes, baklava and tiramisu i totally forgot “Gulgula” .

    My mother used to make them. She said “those moms are very lucky whose kids like gulgula, because they are super easy to make and taste delicious.”

    Once again thankyou !!

    Try some more rural,interior recipes like this.

  13. Nice and simple reciepe. My mother use to make these kind of simple and delicious reciepes. I like yours reciepes just like my mothers. I will definately try this one. Thank you.

  14. Hi Aunty,

    You have used yellow food colour in your chum chum recipe.
    Can you please tell me what brand food colour is that. I could not find any food colour in the Indian store in NJ.


  15. I didnt know Gulgulay was made in other parts of India. I thought it was a South Indian dish.. My mum uses yoghurt, sugar and very ripe bananas. If you don’t mind the oil content, it is delicious. I wish there was a way to make this without deep frying it.

  16. Respected Aunty,

    I love to cook and visiting your website has become my habit, but today when I saw the latest recipe (Gulgula) it brought tears to my eyes. I had been thinking about gulgulas just a few days back and wondering how my mother used to get that little sour taste in it. I couldn’t decide whether it was yogurt or did she ferment it.
    I was very sad when I couldn’t recall because my mother passed away a few months ago and I thought that I will never get to know how she made it. My husband said that if I asked my mother, she will find a way to give me the recipe. He was correct, my mother sent me the recipe through you.

    Thank you very much,

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