17 Kinds of Doughnuts Around the World

Love fried dough? Check out these 17 treats

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Youtiao are lightly salted Chinese doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts sell popular American doughnuts – chocolate, frosted, glazed, inspired by candy, or even holiday-themed. They’re so widespread, in fact, that The Daily Meal recently published a doughnut duel to see which fried dough chain would come out on top. We also tracked down the 25 best doughnuts in the United States.

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But circular pieces of fried dough with holes in the middle aren’t the norm when it comes to doughnuts around the world. The French beignet is a square without a hole, often topped with sugar, and churros, from Spain or Portugal originally, but now popular throughout Latin America, are long tubes of dough dusted with cinnamon. In China, youtiao, which look like sticks of fried dough, are often dunked in soy milk for breakfast. Dutch oliebollen, on the other hand, usually incorporate raisins as a filling and are a popular New Year’s Eve snack. Cultures around the world incorporate fried dough into their cuisine, and we’ve rounded up 17 variations for your culinary enlightenment.

An (Korea, China, and Japan)

An (Korea, China, and Japan)

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An are usually filled with red bean paste.

Red bean is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine, and it’s used as the filling for this yeast doughnut topped with sugar.

Balushahi (Northern India, Pakistan, Nepal)

Balushahi (Northern India, Pakistan, Nepal)

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Balushahi are fried in ghee, a type of clarified butter.

The flaky-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside balushahi are doughnuts made with yogurt fried in ghee (a type of clarified butter), enjoyed as a traditional dessert or snack.


Additional reporting by Elsa Säätelä