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9 January, 2015

Bunelos Dagu – Chamorro Donut

Posted in : American, Chamorro, Island Recipes, World Cuisine on by : sujeesha Tags: , , , , ,

Chamorro Donuts

By sujeesha Published: January 9, 2015

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Ready In: 40 mins

My Chamorro friend made these Guam donuts for me once and since then I have been dying to try these out myself. Dagu is a kind of yam that is grown on the pacific island of Guam that is traditionally used to make this recipe, however there are other substitutes that work really well. These are very light and slimy yams and are great to work with. These yams are NOT easy to find and after hunting for them like a maniac all over Minneapolis in vain, my friend over-nighted a 3 lb yam all the way from Los Angeles annnnd here you go!! A very traditional recipe to make some delicious Bunelos Dagu! Enjoy the awesomeness!



  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together and keep aside.
  2. Peel skin off yam and gently grate using a fine grater into a mixing bowl.
  3. Make sure no bits and pieces of yam fall in because you don't want your donuts to pop in hot oil.
  4. Add vanilla extract and dry ingredients to the grated yam, and gently mix them up just enough to make a sticky dough. Consistency is right when the dough comes off the sides of the bowl though sticky. Keep a bowl of water handy.
  5. Heat oil in a wok. Now comes the fun part. Wet your palms in bowl of water, pinch out a handful of dough and juggle between your palms to coat the dough water.
  6. Squeeze out dollops of batter between your thumb and pointer. Since your palm is wet dough will slide right off. Though it sounds tricky I really had fun doing it the traditional way. 🙂
  7. If you want to make it easier, use a small ice cream scoop dipped in a bowl of water to scoop out batter into hot oil.
  8. Ready when they turn golden, these delicious donuts (which I would like to juss call 'bunelos') are crispy on the outside and light and fluffy as air on the inside.
  9. Serve hot with corn syrup or maple syrup. Enjoy!! 🙂

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