Kuih Keria | Sweet Potato Donuts

September 05, 2015
Kuih Keria / Kumara Donut/ sweet potato Donuts : Malaysians' favourite sugar fix for breakfast or afternoon tea.
Kuih Keria

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then I am done with tidying up blog to make it look clean-er ...clap clap clap and pat pat pat on my shoulder ;P.
but the last bit requires my undivided attention... with a couple of aspirins too!

I want a brighter coloured social button icons (top right hand corner) and makes them bigger ... and for that... I need to search the net again and that may take a while, as I am not computer savvy :(
Kumara Donuts

So... lets celebrate milestone achieved...
by munching on yet another deep fried finger licking good food :D... called Kuih Keria or sweet potato donuts. 

I called them donuts as I can’t find a more suitable word to describe this Malaysian traditional sweet bites... it looks like one,  being shaped like one... deep fried... coat with crystal-like sugar.
Its sweet potato donuts without yeast.

Kuih keria / kumara donuts/ Sweet potato donuts  are deep fried till golden and cook for second time to coat the donuts with crystal-like sugar

Making these donuts were easy but to coat them with sugar can be a bit tricky.

My first was a disaster, syrup was overcooked and as soon as I add kuih keria into the wok, instead of evenly coating the donuts, the sugar started to crystallised almost immediately
...some  donuts had massive rock sugar stuck to it...some had a few bits and pieces... while some had none!

Most sugar crystals, about a cup, loose in the work  ( I should have save these sugar crystals to use on chouquettes...hmmm not very clever of me!! )

Take two...
kids were delighted that mom's first attempt was a disaster... meaning that mom will make her second batch for her blog, and they get to eat it again ;P

My second attempt gave a much desired result... :D

Crystallised sugar sweet potato rings

Kuih Keria | Sweet Potato Donuts

Kuih Keria | Sweet Potato Donuts
Yield: 18
Author: Lisa Ho
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
Kuih Keria or sweet potato donuts are Malaysians' favourite sugar fix for breakfast or afternoon tea


Sweet potato dough
  • 700g orange sweet potato (kumara) - diced
  • 200g plain flour (extra for dusting)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 2 cups of canola oil for deep frying
Sugar crystals
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoon water


Prepare sweet potato dough
  1. Place diced kumara in microwave safe container and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes or until soft (alternative - to steam).
  2. Strain and mash.
  3. Add salt and flours.
  4. Mix into a soft dough.
  5. Add additional flour bit by bit if its too soft.
  6. Divide into 40g balls.
  7. Dust fingers and palm with some flour and make a ball.
  8. Flatten and make a hole, shape into donuts.
  9. Heat up oil in saucepan/ wok.
  10. Fry donuts on medium low heat.
  11. Flip donuts every now and then to cook it evenly.
  12. Donuts are ready when they floats and golden in colour.
Sugar crystals
  1. Heat up sugar and water.
  2. Give it a quick stir.
  3. Leave it to boil, then add donuts.
  4. Stir to coat.
  5. Keep stirring until little sugar crystals starts to form.
  6. Leave to cool.
  7. Serve with a cup a coffee.

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  1. They look incredibly irresistible!



  2. They are so delicious and addictive! I bet you can't just eating one or two.