THIS, may come as a surprise to hear.  Or not… judging from how you rationalize things.  Well, let’s just say based on the look of things on this blog, this will come either as a gasping surprise, or, as the most obvious conclusion to any.  But what I’m trying to tell you, and this is a true story, is that every night before I go to sleep, the ever-last thought that I’m either saying or thinking before drifting into oblivion is alway this…

#$#$^@#!! I swear I’m gonna go on a fucking diet.

It’s true.  You see the thing is, I’m a side-sleeper.  And side-sleepers feel things.  Things that, with all due respect, back-sleepers wouldn’t necessarily feel so bluntly and graphically and that is, the horror upon realizing that my gut can move freely in 180 degree angle, and rest soundly on the mattress like a soft pouch of cottage cheese.  Did you know this about my gut?  Why am I always the last to know…


I’m telling you this because I want you to know that I am not beyond reasons.  I’m aware of the normal shape of things for a humanoid, and I have acknowledgement of the ancient nutritional pyramid built by aliens to assist mankind, I swear.  There was a lemon-olive-oil-pasta-thingy that was supposed to be here today to demonstrate that I’m well-balanced and eat vegetables.  I don’t know what happened to that.. maybe because, purely guessing, that it didn’t taste as good as this donut.

Right, this is a baaad donut.  A very gooood, bad donut.  I had a sun-dress that just arrived in mail and I got very angry at it, if you know what I mean.  And you would believe me when I say that I would not surrender my prospect into a spaghetti-strap sun-dress this summer, just over any donut, wouldn’t you?

No, no I won’t, because this is not just any donut.


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What is mochi?  And why does it have to be a donut?

If you don’t know the answer to that, you still have a chance to walk away cleanly…  Just walk away…

For the rest of you brave sinners, mochi is an Asian sweets made with sticky rice/sweet rice flour.  It comes in many forms and sizes but whatever they are, there’s only one true reason why we love it the way we love it.  We are after its distinctive, soft and chewy texture that is unlike what any other flours can ever achieve (tapioca flour, in this donut, produces a similar texture but not the same).  I have made it quite obvious in the past that when it comes to mochi, I could be quite unreasonable…  But I admit, this is a new low.  What makes this mochi donut so dangerous is how fast, easy and effortlessly addictive it can be.  This is not a yeast donut (that takes a long time but has a good chew).  This is not a cake donut either (that takes less time but has no chew).  This is not even those fake “mochi donuts” that are simply soft mochi being formed and cooked or baked in a donut-mold.  I don’t think I need to explain the difference between a non-fried mochi, and a deep-fried mochi, do I?

This donut does not require any proofing, resting, or any knowledge you’ll have to go to Dunkin’ Donuts College for.  This is a sticky rice flour-dough that you can make in under 15 min, which will fry into golden-browned and gorgeously puffed real donut, that has soft and chewy interior with slightly crispy exterior.  It has the structure and interior holes almost like a good yeast donut, but better.  More perfect.  And when a donut is this good, it requires nothing but a simple, basic glaze

There is literally nothing, no more words I can put into describing how much I love this donut, as well as my apology to you.  I’m sorry.  Your skinny jeans will self-destruct in 30 min, but unfortunately, this message won’t.



Makes: 10 ~ 12 donuts

If you have never worked with sticky rice flour (or sweet rice flour), it helps to keep in mind that it’s actually gluten-free, which means that the flour in its uncooked-form will not “bind” with water.  Purely mixing sticky rice flour with cold water will only produce a “chalky” and “crumbly” dough that can be hard to work with.  That’s why a starter-dough – which is basically a portion of the dough that is pre-cooked – is needed in order to form a cohesive, “stretchable” dough.  It sounds complicated but is in fact, ridiculously straight-forward.  Simply nuke it in the microwave for about 1 min, and there’s your starter-dough.

I would also suggest keeping the frying-oil at about 330ºF/165ºC, and maximum 350ºF/175ºC.  Oil that’s too hot will burn the exterior of the donuts before they have a chance to puff up and cook properly.  If you’re using a cast-iron pot, you may even need to turn off the heat at some point.  Test the oil with the donut-holes when in doubts.

Update 2014/08/13:  For people who have trouble with the starter-dough being too stiff and lumpy, and not blending into the final dough properly, I would suggest increasing the milk in starter dough to 3 tbsp, then microwaving it at a 20 seconds interval (instead of 1 min all the way).  Stir to evenly mix the dough at every interval and stop microwaving JUST when the dough comes together into an opaque dough (to prevent over-cooking).  Then take 1 tbsp away from 1/2 cup of milk for the final dough.  Mix the dough together and add the extra 1 tbsp of milk if the dough’s too dry (the dough should be very sticky).

Update 2020/06/24: For donuts closer resembles Japanese brand Mr Donut in texture, try this tadpole-oca donuttadpole-oca donut.



  • Starter-dough:
  • 1 3/4 cup (225 grams) of sticky rice flour
  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) of whole milk
  • 2 1/2 tbsp (35 grams) of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • Simple glaze:
    • 2 1/2 tbsp (35 grams) of unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 cup (145 grams) of powdered sugar
    • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
    • 2 ~ 3 tbsp of hot water

To make the starter-dough:  Mix 1/4 cup of sticky rice flour and 2 tbsp of whole milk together in a microwave-proof bowl.  Microwave on high for 50 ~ 60 seconds until the dough is cooked through, which will look opaque and feel very “bouncy”.  Set aside to cool for 5 min.

To form and fry the donuts:  Meanwhile, add 1 3/4 cup of sticky rice flour, 1/2 cup of milk, melted butter, granulated sugar, egg and baking powder in a stand-mixer bowl with dough-hook (you can also do this by hand but keep in mind that the dough will be sticky and hence a bit messy).  Add the cooled starter-dough and knead the mixture on low until everything comes roughly together, then increase the speed to medium and knead until the starter dough has completely blended into the mixture.  The dough will be wet and sticky, but you should be able to lightly touch it without it glued to your finger.

Scrape the dough onto a surface that’s dusted more sticky rice flour.  Sprinkle just enough sticky rice flour onto the dough to prevent sticking, then roll it into 1/2″ (1.3 cm) thick.  With a well-floured cutter, cut as many donuts out as you can (I just use 1 large and 1 small biscuit-cutter to do this), then gather the scraps and press/knead it back into a smooth dough (without adding too much more flour), and cut as  many donuts out as you can again.  You should be able to get 10 ~ 12 donuts.

Add enough canola oil to a frying-pot to reach 1 1/2″ deep (the bigger the pot, the more oil you’ll need), and set on medium-high heat to bring the oil to 330ºF/165ºC, then turn the heat down to medium-low.  If you don’t have a thermometer, just insert a wooden chopstick into the oil, and if small bubbles form around the chopstick quickly, the oil is ready).  Without crowding the pot, carefully drop a few donuts into the oil, which will sink to the bottom for the first 30 seconds then float back up.  Fry for a few minutes on each side until the donuts are puffed up and golden browned.  Transfer to a cooling rack to drain.

Mix 2 1/2 tbsp of melted unsalted butter with powdered sugar and vanilla extract, then add 2 ~ 3 tbsp of hot water to bring it to a desired glaze-consistency.  Dip one side of the donuts into the glaze and serve within a fews hours they’re made.





  • FedeB.

    June 13, 2014 at 7:55 PM Reply

    OMG!!!! I want it aaaaaallll!!!!!!!! :D

  • David

    June 13, 2014 at 8:06 PM Reply

    You can roll the holes into balls, then slightly wet them and form them into a ring shape, allowing them to touch. Rest for about 5-10 minutes and they should stick together. Fry as normal. // Pro-tip: cut out individual squares of parchment to form and rest the rings on. Then you can just pick up the corners of the parchment and drop the doughnut along with the parchment square into the fry oil. Gently lift off the parchment after about 30 seconds with tongs.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      June 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM Reply

      DAVID: Haahaha are you talking about Mr Donut’s “pon de ring” (!!!! I’ve alway wondered how they make that shape! By the way, Mr Donut’s pon-de-ring is made with tapioca flour, not sticky rice. It’s slightly similar. Maybe the recipe can even use tapioca flour… I’ll have to experiment with that.

      • David

        June 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM Reply

        This kind is very similar. I live in South Korea, and almost every “bakery” has a variation on the theme. Even Dunkin Donuts. Here is a video in which Runny-san demonstrates the technique I am talking about.

      • David

        June 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM Reply

        Forgot to include the link!!!~

      • Aya Louise

        December 2, 2018 at 10:58 PM Reply

        Hi! Have you tried making this with Tapioca flour? Thanks!

      • Nubaira

        May 4, 2021 at 9:12 PM Reply

        I used the exact same measurements and guess what is was as runny as water?

    • Joy

      October 31, 2014 at 5:04 AM Reply

      David – I took your advice and made pon de rings using Mandy’s mochi donut recipe! Very pleased with the results. Thanks!

  • Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar}

    June 13, 2014 at 9:07 PM Reply

    Ooooh loving the new(?) layout!! And these mochi donuts look to-dieee for Mandy, you’ve outdone yourself once again!

  • Melinda

    June 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM Reply

    Mandy, this is such a CRAZY good idea! You are so creative I just love it.

  • cynthia

    June 13, 2014 at 10:35 PM Reply


  • Todd

    June 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM Reply

    It must, no no, it WILL happen!!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    June 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM Reply

    you can never go wrong when it comes to donut :)

  • Annie

    June 13, 2014 at 11:53 PM Reply

    I absolutely love homemade donuts and will try this recipe. I can imagine how incredibly scrumptious a Mochi donut must be, just by the pictures!

  • Frances

    June 14, 2014 at 1:01 AM Reply

    You are my favorite blogger.

  • Erika

    June 14, 2014 at 1:45 AM Reply


  • Kelly

    June 14, 2014 at 1:56 AM Reply

    Thanks Mandy for the exquisite instructions. I think I can actually make these. Love the comments. ha ha ha ;-)

  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    June 14, 2014 at 2:47 AM Reply

    I second Cynthia and Frances.

    Also I love pon-de-rings from Mr. Donut! I don’t think I ever really loved or appreciated any kind of donuts at all until I first tried one, and now I would still turn down many many regular donuts for one mochi-mochi one… they are my WEAKNESS.

    Thank you for ruining my day and/or making my weekend with these photos.

  • Belinda@themoonblushbaker

    June 14, 2014 at 3:17 AM Reply

    Better late than never eh Mandy? I think my pants have destructed including all my shirts and moo moos. Thank god for winter in Australia; I need the insulation!

  • Anne

    June 14, 2014 at 3:27 AM Reply

    OMG!!! GIMME!!!! Those look so gooooood!!!!!! How in the world do you come up with this stuff? :P

  • Valentina @Hortus

    June 14, 2014 at 3:59 AM Reply

    I am pretty sure Darth Vader sees these in his wet dreams.

    And btw – You do realize I live super close to the beach and I’ll need to go, DON’T YOU.

  • narf7

    June 14, 2014 at 4:26 AM Reply

    “Calories…fat…bellies…yeah…yeah…BRING ON THE DOUGHNUTS!” Oh YEAH baby! :)

  • Sophie

    June 14, 2014 at 4:27 AM Reply

    PFFFTTP well I was losing a little weight this month. Until now! I JUST WANNA DIE HAPPY MANDY. With donuts. So many mochi donuts :)

  • Jasmine

    June 14, 2014 at 5:25 AM Reply

    Oh my god, I think you’ve inspired me to bake. Well, fry :)

  • opinionatedchef

    June 14, 2014 at 6:59 AM Reply

    mindy to mandy, mindy to mandy: your one big problem, as a writer, is that you are TOO DAMNED FUNNY!! Can’t you have ANY sympathy for My Love, who is TRYing to read (not easy) his Murakami book ,while I keep saying, “Wait, Wait! I’m sorry but you have to hear this part…”

  • opinionatedchef

    June 14, 2014 at 7:08 AM Reply

    p.s. there is a new gun in town (Boston) called Paris Baguette. They do alot of interesting rice flour/wheat flour (combo and solo) items, including a pancake with filling. One of the things they do with coffee, which never would have occurred to me (because i am a fan of coffee fillings and glazes, as in their coffee cronuts filled with coffee pastry cream and drizzled w/ coffee glaze)is to add (instant powdered?) coffee to their doughs, as in Coffee Danish. THAT’s what i’d do with your mochi donuts!

    kisses to the pups,

  • steph

    June 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM Reply

    LOVE the white photos mandy! so happy you made the leap!

    and MOCHI!!!! DONUTS!!! okay. that’s all. xoxo

  • Etom

    June 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM Reply

    Okay. I need this NOW.
    You know, seeing the Devil’s Ice cream post right next to this makes me wonder: how crazy would it be to serve them together as a dessert? I don’t know, but I would totally do it.

    Grocery shopping tomorrow evening.


  • Jo

    June 14, 2014 at 7:52 PM Reply

    OMG. im in food heaven..

  • I love mochi

    June 15, 2014 at 12:58 AM Reply

    I’m going to have to make this soon!
    I don’t have a microwave though… I’m thinking i should steam o(vs bake) the starter, yes? About how long?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      June 15, 2014 at 1:22 AM Reply

      You can certainly steam it! I think 5 min on high-steam should be sufficient.

    • Monica @ Wok Like Me

      April 15, 2016 at 3:16 PM Reply

      When you say “steam”…what exactly do you mean? I am microwaveless and can’t find some good directions!

      • mandy@ladyandpups

        April 15, 2016 at 6:01 PM Reply

        Monica, like if you place it in a steamer if you have one?

  • ATasteOfMadness

    June 15, 2014 at 7:14 AM Reply

    My skinny jeans never stood a chance :p. These look dangerous!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    June 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM Reply

    i want a solid seven of these right now. dang, girl!

  • Erin Orr

    June 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM Reply

    Oh no! You are some sort of evil culinary genius!

  • Sofia // Papaya Pieces

    June 16, 2014 at 10:40 PM Reply

    Ok I don’t know exactly which day you changed your header but I just saw it now and cracked up, it suits your blog fantastically! I think we should all enjoy strappy summer dresses AND donuts (and mochi donuts too)!

  • Tina

    June 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM Reply

    Oh no you didn’t…genius simple recipe!

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog and so far I’ve loved every single post. Great contents with even better pictures. I have always wondered though: did you take the pictures while you were cooking/baking or did you have someone photograph for you?

    In any case, keep up the good work!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      June 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM Reply

      TINA: Thank you! I take the pictures during cooking, 99% by myself, and 1% of the time my husband would help if I really need my hands to hold something :) But I do wish that there are ppl taking photographs for me though… haha

  • Beth

    July 3, 2014 at 7:47 AM Reply

    OMG. These look amazing. Mochi is one of my favorite foods and being gluten-free one of the things I’ve missed most is donuts. I will need to make these. Soon.

  • Nell

    July 11, 2014 at 8:13 AM Reply

    The puddle of drool on my desk is the reason why I should not look up dinner recipes (and promptly get sidetracked) while at work. I can’t wait to make these with my friends at school! And the donuts are gluten-free?! One of us has celiac, and we feel bad for always having to tell him, “Sorry, you can’t eat this dessert this time…”

    My mind’s racing ahead to the next times I’m going to make these, so do you have any ideas for flavoring or topping them?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      July 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM Reply

      NELL, I love a simple glaze on my donuts, but really you can treat it like any other donuts! Mochi goes traditionally with peanut filings, so a peanut butter glaze?

  • Kathleen

    July 18, 2014 at 9:59 AM Reply

    Your story about being a side – sleeper and discovering an extra ‘pooch’ in the bed (so to speak) – had me rolling! I too have experienced the same realization (must be the hazards of being a food blogger). Amyway, I love mochi and mochi doughnuts sound incredible – pure genius! I’ll definitely have to make these! And then curse your brilliance later when I go to bed :)

  • Rachael

    September 4, 2014 at 10:36 AM Reply

    I have just seriously stumbled across this page and I am in Heaven…..
    You have woken my inner inspiration which has been sleeping for some time.
    I am very excited.
    Thank you

  • Dawn from Hardly Bored

    September 7, 2014 at 1:57 AM Reply

    I love these! I have made them twice now the last time I used white rice flour when kneaded the dough and it made them a little crispier on the outside and a little less chewy! Thanks!

  • Thom

    October 1, 2014 at 11:57 PM Reply

    Oh my god. OH MY GOD.

  • manna

    October 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM Reply

    i do not have a microwave. is there an alternative way to make starter dough?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      October 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM Reply

      Manna: You can try steaming it on high heat, for a couple minutes?

  • sylvia

    December 2, 2014 at 12:51 AM Reply

    Is it possible to bake these rather then fry them?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM Reply

      Sylvia: I’m so so sorry for the late reply!! I think I just saw this comment. But no… I don’t think you can bake these at all. I wish…

  • Jessica

    February 27, 2015 at 12:59 AM Reply

    These look amazing! Could I make the dough in advance?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      February 28, 2015 at 2:52 PM Reply

      Jessica, maybe one day ahead and keep wrapped in plastic wrap inside the fridge? Although I’ve never tried it. Let me know if it works!

  • Lorain

    March 3, 2015 at 10:36 AM Reply

    This was an epic fail. First, I don’t have a microwave so I steamed the starter for 5 minutes as was noted in the comments. The starter was very gummy and did not incorporate into the rest of the ingredients. I tried to fry the batter anyway after incorporating more flour and the result was a gummy, chewy mess. Terrible, terrible recipe – no where near the fluffy perfectness depicted in the photo.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      March 3, 2015 at 12:24 PM Reply

      Lorain, I’m really sorry to hear that it didn’t work out for you :( I’m not sure what went wrong there. It sounds like your starter dough is too dry and therefore doesn’t incorporate into the dough. Your donut didn’t sound right, but again, the mochi texture isn’t supposed to be fluffy, but more soft and chewy.

  • Mary Anne

    March 23, 2015 at 2:38 PM Reply

    These were sensational! I just made these right now and I am in cloud 9! My boyfriend was impressed by the soft and chewiness and are so better than yeast-raised donuts and I love yeast raised donuts; I just can’t tolerate them anymore. I’m so glad that I’ve found a solution to my donut cravings! I will keep making them. I also made them with coconut milk instead of whole milk because I’m allergic to dairy aside from wheat and to avoid sugar I replaced it with erythritol (2tbs) and brown rice syrup (1tbs) and they came out perfect! I also added more coconut milk to the starter (5tbs total).Thank you for sharing this recipe and all the eye candy pictures of the step-by-step process.

  • Melissa

    April 7, 2015 at 9:40 AM Reply

    These sound and look amazing! Do you think I could put them in an airfryer?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 7, 2015 at 3:08 PM Reply

      Melissa, I’ve never used an airfryer before but something tells me that it’s unlikely…

  • raven

    May 19, 2015 at 12:40 AM Reply

    I made these they look yummy. But the tough chewiness turns me off. Did I do something wrong? May by I’m used to regular dough.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      May 19, 2015 at 2:51 AM Reply

      Raven, these donuts should be on a chewy side, but not tough. Perhaps your dough turned out on the dry side? Maybe adding 1 or 2 tbsp more milk will help. And these donuts definitely don’t do well on the second day, so try to finish then fresh on the first day. Hope this helps.

  • Thanh Anh (Miamivores)

    May 20, 2015 at 12:14 AM Reply

    I tasted these mochi donuts the first time in Dunkin’ Donuts back in my country, and I’ve been trying to find a recipe for it since. Thank God I found your site!!! I’ve made them today, and glazed them with a honey lemon glaze. My housemates absolutely loved them! And I loved them too. Only thing is I was having some problems with my stove so I ended up burned some and had to throw them in the trash, so I didn’t have a lot of donuts though :( but still, they taste divine and I’m sure with a bit of practice I’ll nail them soon.

    I don’t know if it’s just me but I found that these donuts taste better cooled down. I tried one when they were fresh out of the pan and they had a very chewy uncooked-like consistency. But after I let them cool down and glaze they’re awesome :D

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      May 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM Reply

      Thanh, glad you enjoyed them! I believe the fresh donuts may be just slightly under-cooked, then as they sit, the residual heat finished the job. If you find that they burn too quickly before the inside cooks, try making the dough thinner and see if that helps :)

  • Zahra

    July 1, 2015 at 2:19 PM Reply

    I followed your recipe to the T. And they came out absolutely fabulous. They were gone very quickly. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe. I’m already getting asked to make them again. Cheers!

  • Oanh H.

    August 28, 2015 at 11:02 PM Reply

    I’m in love with the simplicity and deliciousness of this recipe. I saw the picture on foodgawker and just had to click on it. My parents and I love the chewy texture inside and little crispy crust outside. It’s not overly sweet like Dunkin’ Donuts glazed which is great.

  • J

    September 8, 2015 at 7:56 PM Reply

    Hi is sticky rice flour just regular rice flour or glutinous rice flour?

  • resep donat kentang lembut

    September 9, 2015 at 9:50 AM Reply

    what? Mochi donuts? I’ve never heard it
    but, it is look delicious

  • manfaat minum yoghurt

    September 9, 2015 at 9:51 AM Reply

    wooow, nice recipe, thankyou

  • cam

    October 25, 2015 at 11:04 AM Reply

    yummm! just made these! great recipe

  • nadia

    December 15, 2015 at 6:10 AM Reply

    hi there

    is there a way to prepare the dough without using the microwave? we don’t own a microwave but I am dying to try these!!!!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 15, 2015 at 1:02 PM Reply

      Nadia, you can try heating/cooking in a small pot on the stove over low heat :)

  • Angela

    January 2, 2016 at 8:33 AM Reply

    Followed all your instructions, and everything worked out perfectly! I ate the doughnuts while they were still warm, and they were fabulous. Thank you!

  • Leatha Trigg

    January 6, 2016 at 4:19 AM Reply

    WOW! I’ve been wanting to make mochi pancakes but could not find kiri mochi. I had NO idea kiri mochi could be made.

    I LOVE everything mochi.

    I will definitely try the donuts and now plan to make pancakes. THANK YOU, thank you, thank you!

  • Cyn

    January 11, 2016 at 7:55 AM Reply

    It is very nice ….I wonder how does it taste when eat the next day. But OMG love it !! Thanks for recipe

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      January 11, 2016 at 12:37 PM Reply

      Cyn, from my experience, unfortunately, it doesn’t do well the next day :(

  • Maureen

    January 16, 2016 at 10:45 AM Reply

    I just tried making this recipe twice in a row and the starter dough did not blend in with the final dough. I microwaved the first batch of starter dough for 50 seconds and it come out to stiff. The 2nd starter dough I only microwaved at 30 seconds and I thought it was ok but when I tried to blend it with the final dough it did not blend. Can you help me? I really want to make this donut. Thanks!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      January 16, 2016 at 1:50 PM Reply

      Maureen, when you said it didn’t blend, you meant the starter dough is too tough? I would try microwave it at 10 seconds interval, mixing it in between until it comes together into a soft dough (or a thick paste)(Or you can even try doing this in a small pot over low heat), then blend it with the rest. Are you using hand or mixer? It does take a while to mix the two doughs together.

  • Maureen

    March 5, 2016 at 3:24 PM Reply

    I will try to microwave it in 10 second intervals. I was using an electric mixer. I’ll give it another go this weekend. Crossing my fingers it works out. Thanks you!

  • Cate

    March 11, 2016 at 1:33 PM Reply

    I’m wondering if tangzhong (scalded flour) would work here. In Japanese bread making, a roux is used to incorporate liquid into dough. Tangzhong is created by heating a small amount of liquid and flour in a saucepan on the stove. The mixture is continually whisked until it thickens and reaches 149 degrees F (65 celsius); its then poured into a bowl to cool. The tangzhong is added to the base dough with the yeast mixture. The ratio for the tangzhong is 1:5 (example, 25g flour, 125g water).

    The Scandinavians use this method as well.

  • jual rumah di depok

    March 21, 2016 at 11:13 AM Reply

    mochi donuts? i will try latter jusl rumsh di depok

  • Kerajinan Tangan

    April 9, 2016 at 1:34 AM Reply

    make me hungry. it looks deligiuous. Maybe, i can try to make it at home. Cos, i read that artickle and look at the pictures look easy to make it.

  • aqieb

    April 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM Reply

    so simple… I like it… Can you teach me to make the donuts…? I love donuts…

  • Dangergirl

    April 29, 2016 at 4:37 AM Reply

    It’s hard to articulate my glee. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  • ternak kelinci

    April 30, 2016 at 8:40 AM Reply

    yummmy…so dilecious…lezattos

  • KBT

    May 9, 2016 at 12:34 AM Reply

    Bless you for a yummy gluten free donut and explaining the “starter” dough!!! No chemicals in your recipe like xantan gum… this is JUST what I have been looking for (and craving!)

  • Heather

    June 4, 2016 at 12:42 PM Reply

    Hey, I made these today for National Donut Day cuz the peer pressure was intense! Haha. I remembered pinning this because they a) look delicious like the glazed donuts I used to love when i could eat gluten and b) simple ingredients and no yeast!

    I made my own sweet rice flour because I had sweet rice in my cupboard and figured my food processor would grind it down. Wrong! Haha. It stayed pretty gritty. I sifted and processed a bunch till I finally had enough. Mine came out a little course, but the dough tasted so yummy like Thai sweet sticky rice! They turned out awesome. My glaze kind of soaked into the donuts…I wish I could get that flaky cracked glaze! But thank you for appeasing my craving!

  • budidaya jahe

    August 12, 2016 at 9:40 PM Reply
  • ruangtanya

    October 3, 2016 at 8:31 AM Reply

    it looks delecious.

  • riskyabadi

    October 3, 2016 at 9:11 AM Reply

    wow, seems pretty very tempting once the food was, may I try??

  • umroh desember

    October 14, 2016 at 3:38 AM Reply

    i will try to do it. email me if you have any recipe.

  • peluang usaha

    October 25, 2016 at 10:45 AM Reply

    Great menu. hopefully I can make it at my home

  • Solusi Sehat

    November 9, 2016 at 12:47 PM Reply

    so dilecious.. yummmy…

    • info alami

      July 25, 2018 at 12:37 PM Reply

      Ya..great menu
      very dilecious..

  • jasa listrik

    November 11, 2016 at 6:59 AM Reply

    wowwww ngiler

  • lomba

    November 22, 2016 at 12:28 AM Reply

    I love it. suka donat banget nih. di deket rumah ada yg jual. rasanya enak banget

  • Anna @ Aotearoa

    December 2, 2016 at 2:32 PM Reply

    As most of the others commenters have already said… OMG!! As a SERIOUS mochi addict & also gluten-intolerant (therefore donut deprived), I’ve been pining for something like this recipe for years. Thank you for spreading the good word! Loved the blog preamble too, totally hilarious (and alas, sadly relatable… these wee decadences are NOT going to help with taming the sundress problem but hey I don’t care, it’ll so be worth it!)

  • Umroh Ramadhan

    December 9, 2016 at 9:09 PM Reply

    Thanks for this nice share..

  • Travel Umroh

    December 11, 2016 at 12:42 AM Reply

    I looks very tasty..

  • Regina

    January 31, 2017 at 10:53 AM Reply

    Sonofabitch!!!! I should have heeded your warning…but I was intrigued by the thought of rice flour donuts. I shan’t stop dreaming of these until they are in my belly, and I am not much of a sweets or donut person. The tides may be a’changing;).

  • Deborah

    March 12, 2017 at 11:29 AM Reply

    I’m thinking your starter is similiar to a Japanese Water Roux (Tangzhon Roux) which actually can be made with just about any liquid. I’ve also made it with gluten free flour blends.

  • Rasagna

    April 10, 2017 at 6:37 AM Reply

    These are the best tasting gluten free donuts! This sticky dough made very nice and crispy crust and chewy donuts. Overworking dough while forming donuts didn’t change the texture and so they easily shaped and re shaped. Thank you for the wonderful and easy recipe.

  • Ganang

    April 26, 2017 at 3:38 PM Reply

    it’s looks very delicious , hope i could taste it. I love donut very much

  • rio

    June 15, 2017 at 9:57 AM Reply

    i love donuts. love it. make me really hungry right now.

  • Katy

    September 23, 2017 at 11:32 AM Reply

    So I love your site and have recently been really into donut making-yeast based up to reading this recipe and had rice flour on hand so was really excited to try this one out-I don’t have a microwave so I took some advice from previous posters and steamed the starter. The end product is delicious and chewy but did not raise up as much yours pictured-I even assumed I got the starter wrong and made the recipe again, adding a little more milk and steaming the starter a bit longer…do you have any ideas for what could be keeping mine from being as puffed up? I ask this as I’m licking glaze from my 3rd “failed attempt” donut so they are still crazy good just seeing where I’m coming up short.
    P.S. I think you’re wonderful

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      September 23, 2017 at 1:54 PM Reply

      Katy, thanks so much! I just want to make sure that you used sticky rice flour? Or rice flour? because they are totally different.

  • Meela

    October 15, 2017 at 11:29 PM Reply

    Just made them. I am sooo happy right now and so is the 8lb baby in my tummy. Can’t wait to make things again to celebrate baby’s birth. Thanks !

  • Cikasur

    December 29, 2017 at 2:31 PM Reply

    thank you for recipe broo

  • puncakinn

    January 11, 2018 at 11:34 PM Reply

    Bless you for a yummy gluten free donut and explaining the “starter” dough!!! No chemicals in your recipe like xantan gum… this is JUST what I have been looking for (and craving!)

  • fishwater

    January 17, 2018 at 2:51 PM Reply

    LOVE the white photos mandy! so happy you made the leap!

    and MOCHI!!!! DONUTS!!! okay. that’s all. xoxo

  • Hana Umroh

    June 7, 2018 at 3:55 PM Reply

    i love donuts. love it. make me really hungry right now.

  • Diy Kids

    July 10, 2018 at 10:09 PM Reply

    Oh God, it’s really good, it makes me so hungry

  • Suyamto

    August 13, 2018 at 6:50 AM Reply

    Penasaran sekali …kue ini bikin ngangeni lidah enak manis lezat

  • Jay Tran

    October 14, 2018 at 8:57 AM Reply

    Hello! I followed your recipe to the T and it was great! A few questions though…

    -After everything was mixed, it was still too sticky to separate. I added some flour on my cutting board and on my hands, but it was still too sticky to the touch. Any tips?
    -After I dipped the donuts in the glaze, it wasn’t as crispy as I wanted. Did I do anything wrong?

    Again, the end result came out delicious, but I am wondering if there are any tips I should consider when I make my next batch. Thank you so much!!!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      October 14, 2018 at 12:33 PM Reply

      Jay, if you find the dough too sticky, you can add a bit more sticky rice flour to compensate, but keep in mind that this was meant to be a very sticky dough. I haven’t made this recipe in a while but I don’t think it’s supposed to be crispy on the exterior, more like a soft chewy donut :)

  • Beatriz

    October 29, 2018 at 8:55 PM Reply

    Can I do the recipe with normal rice flour? Would it be “similar” or would that ruin the whole thing?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      October 30, 2018 at 1:38 AM Reply

      Beatriz, no you can’t. It’s two very different textures ;)

  • Robin L

    December 12, 2018 at 3:46 PM Reply

    Hi! I don’t have a microwave. How do I make the starter dough without one? Thank you and can’t wait to make this recipe.

  • Carla A

    December 19, 2018 at 1:05 AM Reply

    I’m so excited I stumbled upon you recipe! I’ve been wanting to recreate a mochi donut in forever! I’m super curious though, have you ever thought of making the mochi donuts using tofu in it? I’ve seen recipes that use it and wanted to see if you have ever experimented with it too!

  • Suyamto

    January 9, 2019 at 8:52 AM Reply

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  • Tabitha

    April 7, 2019 at 12:29 AM Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. Your ingredients and proportions are great. However, your explanation and instructions are quite confusing, partly because all your photos show up at the beginning or end of the page with no captions, and partly because your instructions show up as one big lump, rather than the traditional format of a recipe, delineated in bullets or numbers. However, the end product was absolutely delicious.

  • Susan Chin

    April 7, 2019 at 5:55 AM Reply

    Can you make and freeze them in advance and fry them at a later date?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 7, 2019 at 11:03 AM Reply

      Susan, I have not tried doing that but I can’t see why not :)

  • Tanya Seupaul

    April 24, 2019 at 7:02 AM Reply

    I have tried this a few times and can’t get them to puff up with the doughy look you have in the pictures (I get some parts to puff but they are an empty air pocket and some parts stay pretty flat). They taste great but I suspect they would be even better if they look like yours – any ideas how to solve my problem or what I may be doing wrong?

  • Fable Writer

    June 11, 2019 at 4:58 PM Reply

    Well, it is my favorote food. Donut is one of cake which always presenting in a special moment in my place.

    People are truely interested in this cake, especially for kids. You have presenting excited writing about it.

    Thanks my friend ..

    • Elyse

      June 22, 2020 at 3:15 AM Reply

      Crazy question but is this recipe supposed to have wheat flour too? I’m hellbent on making mochi donut but this is just not working for me.. the dough is far too sticky and won’t come together in any usable way. I found another post at zestfulkitchen based on your book that usess rice flour “goo” plus wheat flour and yeast.

  • DT

    July 13, 2019 at 11:20 PM Reply

    I wonder if something went wrong with my donuts or that I’m not storing them right… I made a couple of batches, both tasted wonderful once it cooled a bit. However, I tried to store one batch on a toweled airtight container, and it ended up soggy. The other batch, I tried just leaving it on a rack uncovered but ended up hard. Have you had any of these issues before?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      July 14, 2019 at 4:26 AM Reply

      DT, you’re not doing anything wrong just sorry but theses donuts do not do well with time. That’s the downside I’m afraid!

  • Niha

    October 4, 2019 at 8:15 AM Reply

    I tried this recipe and my daughter loves it, although it didn’t go well with her little sister lol (the youngest is not a sweet tooth person)

    Here are some of the changes I made.

    I used coconut milk instead of dairy milk.
    I don’t have a microwave oven, so I cooked the starter dough on the stove = 30g sticky rice flour + 50g coconut milk. The remaining liquid would be 90g for the main dough.
    I used 1 tbsp coconut oil, instead of butter (always lessen liquid fat when substituting solid fat)
    I mixed everything using spatula and proceeded kneading with hand, shaped into small balls and fried them.
    I followed the recipe by grams, so I guess that does the trick of getting those fluffy doughnuts.
    I would try substituting eggs with flax eggs soon and making it vegan.
    Will let you know how it turns out.

    Thanks a million for the recipe! <3

    • Sanika

      December 12, 2019 at 1:19 AM Reply

      My friend can’t have gluten, and I’m vegan, So I’m VERY excited to try your version of the recipe, and to compare it to the original!

    • Morissa

      November 2, 2020 at 12:23 AM Reply

      Woooww..thanks for share your substitution recipe, exactly what I need. Gonna work with this soon. Thanks Mandy and Niha ^^

  • masirwin

    October 15, 2019 at 4:49 PM Reply

    OMG!!!! I want it aaaaaallll!!!!!!!!

  • Sharon

    November 16, 2019 at 1:23 AM Reply

    Hey! Wondering if I can make this using sourdough?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      November 16, 2019 at 1:29 PM Reply

      Sharon, I don’t think so. This is not a yeasted donut.

  • Aorlin's

    January 17, 2020 at 7:07 PM Reply

    i realy rilex read you artikel sister.. thanks

  • Callie

    February 14, 2020 at 9:13 AM Reply

    Amazing recipe! I loved the mochi muffins, and I’m so glad you made a mochi donut recipe with tips on how to customize with different flavors!

  • Umroh Promo

    February 27, 2020 at 5:45 PM Reply

    Dunkin Donuts and than JCO…. but Donuts hand made still number one

  • CJ

    April 16, 2020 at 4:35 PM Reply

    Any Filos/Filipinos here, this is basically BUCHI swapping the sesame seeds for glaze. <3

  • Susan Dubose

    May 8, 2020 at 9:43 AM Reply

    You are right…they are adorable! But most importantly these sound so delectable!!! I bet my family would polish these off in no time!

  • elyse

    June 22, 2020 at 11:38 AM Reply

    Ok. I got the dough to work, with careful attn to the starter as you advise! But they didn’t puff. They we’re delicious though and i’m not mad at fried mochi ?

    Then I immediately tried the yeasted version from the book and it was my dreammm

    We put chocolate all over both

    ? Skinny jeans ✨

  • Lizzy

    June 24, 2020 at 5:44 AM Reply

    Delicious and so easy! I was looking for a Japanese donut recipe that tasted like the mochi donuts I get from Japantown in San Francisco. I dipped mines in a variety of glazes – regular, chocolate and matcha. Thank you for a great recipe.

  • grosirbajulab

    June 26, 2020 at 2:08 PM Reply

    Donut is my favorite Snack. I like with chocolate on top of it. Thank for the recipe.

  • Lori

    July 2, 2020 at 9:47 AM Reply

    It looks easy to do that. Thanks your sharing!

  • Sarah

    July 26, 2020 at 11:28 AM Reply

    Hi, an awesome recipe! Nice and chewy, I loved it. But I found my donuts shrinking after pulling them out of the oil. What can be the cause of my problem? Thanks again for sharing your recipe :D (I think I accidentally posted this question on your tadpole donut recipe too, sorry!)

  • Heidi

    August 21, 2020 at 4:31 AM Reply

    Hi Mandy, I made these last night. The texture is there but after frying, the donuts deflated. What would we the cause of that?

    Also, can there be a milk sub, like almond milk or oat milk?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      August 21, 2020 at 1:12 PM Reply

      Heidi, hm I’m don’t know the cause of that to be honest, sorry! And yes I think the milk can be substituted ;)

  • Emily Stimpson

    August 22, 2020 at 8:53 AM Reply

    Mochi is an Asian sweets made with sticky rice/sweet rice flour. I love it

  • D Devid

    September 16, 2020 at 10:18 PM Reply

    Best all the best list

  • Sukses Umroh

    September 20, 2020 at 10:30 PM Reply
  • Techwhippet

    November 19, 2020 at 9:55 PM Reply

    Hello there,
    That’s a great article about mochi donuts.
    Keep your good job.

  • Richard Tunner

    December 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM Reply

    I made these and they were just yummy. I was worried if I’d be able to make them the night before and then fry it the next day. It would really be useful if I could do that. Thank you for the great recipe too.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 10, 2020 at 2:31 PM Reply

      Richard, I’ve never tried it but I think so.. I would really really wrap the dough well so it doesn’t dry out in the process.

  • Susan Dubose

    December 11, 2020 at 3:13 PM Reply

    I made this recipe last weekend. It was the best mochi donut I have ever tasted.

  • JT

    June 6, 2021 at 9:26 AM Reply

    Hi ! I’m just wondering whether these donuts could be air fried?

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    November 15, 2021 at 3:04 AM Reply


  • Kalena Likong

    February 21, 2022 at 8:52 PM Reply

    We have a mochi donut spot called MODO donuts here in O’ahu HI in Waikiki called” MODO Donuts that have a mold to shape the Donuts! A lot faster to make than rolling balls!?

  • rumah

    March 3, 2022 at 9:40 AM Reply

    Rumah subsidi adalah bagian dari program pemerintah agar masyarakat dapat membeli rumah dengan harga dan cicilan yang terbilang cukup ringan. Melalui Kementerian Perumahan Rakyat (Kemenpera), pemerintah menggalakkan sebuah program satu juta rumah, dan salah satunya adalah KPR rumah bersubsidi. Sebagai informasi, rumah bersubsidi merupakan rumah yang mendapat kemudahan dari pemerintah yakni berupa bebasnya pajak dan cicilan dengan bunga yang sangat rendah. Selain itu, keunggulan lain yang bisa didapatkan dari rumah bersubsidi yakni memiliki suku bunga flat hingga lunas.

  • Kal

    May 11, 2022 at 7:15 PM Reply

    It may happen if baking powder is not distributed evenly and/or powder is bit clumped up. I always sift it into the flour using fine mesh sieve and whisk it in for few seconds. I can’t think of any other reason. Another reason could be that the mother dough is not fully blended?!

  • Kal

    May 11, 2022 at 7:23 PM Reply

    My message above was in response to “TANYA SEUPAUL” about large holes in her donuts

  • Kal

    May 11, 2022 at 9:24 PM Reply

    Whoops…my response above was for “TANYA SEUPAUL” for her large air pockets issue.

  • Kal

    May 15, 2022 at 10:28 PM Reply

    My comment above is in response to TANYA SEUPAUL’s issue

  • Jenna

    November 18, 2022 at 11:32 AM Reply

    I use to make these and the texture is amazing however after a year of not making these I decided to start up again and for some reason the dough is always too wet. I have to add some flour to keep it from sticking everywhere like goopy everywhere, and by doing so the texture after frying them is not right its more dense and cakey. I even tried lowering the temp to cook it longer thinking the dough may be raw, but its not. Still chewy but more of a dense cakey chewy texture than sticky rice chewy texture…i did up the sugar to make the dough sweeter since i didnt want a glaze on top, and added salt and vanilla bean paste. But this shouldnt make the dough overly wet since each ingredient was only a couple of grams…im wondering whats going on…

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      November 18, 2022 at 12:36 PM Reply

      Jenna, are you measuring by weight or volume? I would suggest measuring by weight. And I would try making the original version without any addition and see if it turns out differently :)

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