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How to make Funafuna: Tuvalu traditional fried doughnuts

funafuna recipe

To end #TuvaluLanguageWeek, Kailani and Eli share their delicious Funafuna recipe with us! Funafunas are a traditional fried doughnut in Tuvalu with a sweet filling of your own choice.

Funafuna Recipe
Serving: 6 doughnuts


2 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
2 Tbsp Warm Water
3 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 Cup of Warm Milk
4 tsp of room temperature Butter
3 Large Egg Yolks
1/2 Cup of Sugar
2L of Canola Oil
A jar of your Favourite Spread


  1. Add your warm Water & Active Dry Yeast together (yeast grows most effectively when combined with warm ingredients)
  2. Add your Flour, warm Milk, room temperature Butter, Egg Yolks & Sugar to the Yeast & Warm Water. You can use a spoon or your hands for this bit. Mix until texture is stringy or tacky to touch and leave in a warm place to double its size overnight
  3. Once the mixture has risen, sprinkle flour over your bench-top and knead until mixture is bouncy (do not over-knead dough)
  4. Use a cup to divide into smaller pieces and shape into a ball
  5. Leave the dough in a warm place to expand for an hour or 2
  6. Once the dough has doubled in size, flatten dough into pancake like circles
  7. Before filling your dough, pre-heat the oil in your pot to a medium to high temperature
  8. To add your filling to your dough, place a dollop of your favourite spread into the middle of the circle
  9. Fold one side over to meet the other & press – If your dough isn’t sticking together, you can also use egg wash to help bind it or pinch & twist sides together
  10. Once you have finished filling all of your doughnuts, use a slotted spoon to lower them into your oil to fry
  11. Turn the Funafuna’s every minute until dark/golden brown
  12. Once cooked, place onto a paper towelled tray
  13. Serve with a nice hot drink & enjoy!

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