This is our version of the Mauritian Sweet Sesame Ball known as Gateau Zinzli. They're crispy on the surface but fluffy and light on the inside. They are tough to resist because they are somewhat sweet and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Gato Zinzli (Sesame Ball)

Recette Gateau Zinzli

These Sino-Mauritian fried doughnuts are typically offered for dessert, although they can also be eaten for afternoon tea. These tasty and simple donuts are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Prepare this popular Mauritius dish with native spices!

Yields: 6 serves 

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 8 mins

Total Time: 28 mins


  • 1 tablespoon milk powder complete cream
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 3½ teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tbsp normal butter
  • 4–5 tablespoons water (enough to produce a dough)
  • Sesame seed coating
  • vegetable oil


  1. Combine the plain flour, milk powder, sugar, and baking powder in a large mixing basin. To blend, thoroughly combine

  2. Add the butter and mix gently with both hands until the flour mixture reaches a sandy consistency. Check out the video recipe for an example!

  3. Add 3 tablespoons of water and stir slowly to produce a dough. Knead the dough until it is somewhat sticky yet firm, adding more water as needed (as shown in the video)

  4. Make 6 equal dough balls and lightly roll in sesame seeds to evenly coat (make sure they stick well to the dough)

  5. Heat some frying oil over medium to low heat (170°C - 340°F), then drop and fry the sesame balls for 6 to 8 minutes, or until brown. Continue to move them around to ensure consistent cooking.

  6. Allow cooling before serving with a nice cup of tea!

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