Thursday, August 9, 2012

Kuih Keria (Sweet Potato Rings aka Malaysian Donuts) & A Selamat Hari Raya


Malaysians have much to be happy about as August is buzzing with holidays, celebrations and balik kampung/hometown travels. The daily pasar ramadhan (ramadhan markets) around town here in the Klang Valley and Selangor have already set the celebration mood in motion by offering a wide galore of local Malay food and kuih-muih (sweet delights). People here are just looking forward to the Hari Raya/Eid celebration next weekend. Even though Malaysians have already begun to anticipate the bad traffic congestion on highways and at many local holiday hotpots expected to start next week, it still wouldn't thwart many Malaysians from planning their trips. Because like any other festivals in Malaysia, it is a time to gather and be with the family. And barely 2 weeks after the Raya holidays, we will have another one on 31st August as our nation celebrates her 55th year of independence. This is what I love about Malaysia and about being a Malaysian! As shallow as I may sound, I love the many holidays and celebrations and festivities by the different races that make up Malaysia's multicultural pot. The thing is, here in Malaysia, everyone celebrates! Even though Hari Raya is a festivity for the Malays and Muslims, many others join in and look forward to gather at a friend's open house and tuck into delicious Raya food. I think this country is one shining example of how festivals and food unite people.
For any Malaysian, this sweet delight needs no introduction. Kuih keria is I guess, the Malaysian version of a donut which is made with sweet potato. It is a popular kuih from the Malay heritage and a wide favorite amongst many, including me definitely! The mashed sweet potato is mixed with some tapioca flour and plain flour to give kuih keria a nice soft texture inside the fried ring, and the sugar frost coating renders a delightful sweet crunch.


Ingredients for kuih keria:

500 g sweet potato, peeled, cubed and steamed till cooked
30 g tapioca flour
50 g plain flour
Enough oil for frying

For the sugar frost coating, 200 g granulated sugar and 70 ml water.


Mash the cooked sweet potatos until fine. It's easier to mash while still very hot. Leave for it to cool slightly.
Add in the flours, and knead well to form a soft dough.
Divide dough into pieces, shape each into a flattened round and make a hole in the center.
Deep fry the rings in hot oil over medium heat until golden brown.
Drain and set aside.

 Boil the sugar and water in a wok for about 5 minutes or until the syrup bubbles and thickens slightly.

Turn off the heat, and drop in all the sweet potato rings into the wok. Use a flat spatula to quickly toss and turn the rings until they are well coated with the syrup.

Like magic unfolding before your eyes, the syrup will quickly frost up. Pick each ring and shake off excess sugar to serve.

Last but not least, Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim friends and readers! 


  1. These look fingerlicking! They somehow remind me of Chinese New Year.

  2. Oh you have just reminded me of one of my fav snacks! I haven't eaten kuih keria for so long.

  3. So delicious! Yum,yum! buat lagi! This time triple the amount!! IF there is any extra, I'll volunteer to ta-pau!! :)

  4. Absolutely temptingly delicious..finish in 1/2 hr..i agree with kitchen flavours..wink wink! I remember I was about 11 or 12 yrs old when I tried making these and they turned out to be as hard as rock and nobody touched it. Had to throw away and since then, never made any attempt at it..i'll be happy to just leave it to you when i crave for some..heehheee

  5. Hi! Happy Holidays! I just popped over form Joyce's Kitchen Flavours and I sure am glad I did!!! Your "donuts" look simply delicious and pretty easy to make too. (although I am a very bad baker:)

    Thank you so much for sharing your heritage and these donuts I really enjoyed my visit....

  6. Somehow nv tried them before. Yes, all these years growign up in singapore, I've never had these. Sounds yum!

  7. You just remind me I have so long did not make this, my children love kuih keria and so do I . Yours look exactly like those selling in pasar.

  8. This is one of my childhood fav and you have made them so well! Very impressive :D

  9. Happy Holiday! These sweet potato rings look so tempting, appetizing & just wonderful too! :)

    A must make! Lovely pics too! ;) xxx

  10. I would love to come to Malaysia for a celebration! The only celebration in August in the states is my birthday...well not everyone celebrates my birthday! :)

    Now the sweet potato rings look so good. I wonder if I could have one? :D Okay, I must try it for myself!

  11. Without seeing the title, I was sure these were doughnuts when I saw the first pictures. Seems I've been missing out for all these years because I've never had one of these sweet potato rings. I am sure they taste a lot better than the doughnuts here. Thanks for sharing it!

  12. Hi Nyonya, wow! I have not eaten this long time.
    Looks so delicious.
    I think 7 pieces will do me fine, with iced coffee, ha ha.
    Have fun, stay young.

  13. I remembered eating loads of kuih keri (didn't know the name until now though!!!) when i was young enough not to worry about sugar and calories thingy! Yours look just perfect to reminisce the good old time :-)

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  16. I tried to make this recipe and the dough was too sticky to roll.

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  19. As written, the recipe doesn’t work. I had to add way more flour to form a dough. It is quite delicious and would be great with coffee in the morning.

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