Mitai Recipe

by liliana
Mitai Recipe

If you’re looking for a dessert that’s both sweet and flavorful, mitai are the perfect treat. These little donuts are covered in a delicious frosting made from sugar and spices, making them irresistible. Whether you eat them at home or take them to a party, mitai are sure to be a hit.

Mini Donut – Mitai Recipe

Mitai are a traditional Japanese pastry that is made from a sweet dough that is deep-fried and then covered in frosted sugar. While they can be eaten at any time of year, they are especially popular during the winter months. Mitai are a delicious snack that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


For the dough:

3 cups flour

1/4 cup coconut powder

1 tbsp yeast

1 and 1/4 cups water

1 tbsp margarine

1 Quart Oil for frying

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Grated orange or lemon rind (from one orange/lemon)

Vanilla Extract – 1 Tablespoon

½ cup sugar

1/3 cup condensed milk

For the sugar syrup:

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

2 sticks cinnamon

6 sticks cloves


1. In a bowl, mix the flour, coconut powder, yeast, cardamom and sugar. Add the margarine and rub into the mixture until it resembles bread crumbs.

2. Make a well in the center and add condensed milk, vanilla extract and grated orange or lemon rind. Slowly add water and mix to form a soft dough.

3. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth, then place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size.

4. Once the dough has risen, place dough ball on counter/cutting board and cut dough into quarters. Work with one quarter at a time. Sprinkle flour on the working space and roll the quarter with a rolling pin to about ¾ in thickness. If you roll it thinner your mitai wont be as thick and soft but rather more crunchy, if that is how you prefer it then roll it thinner.

5. Place mitai on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.

6. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

7. Fry them in the hot oil until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

8. In a saucepan, mix half of the sugar in water, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange or lemon rind. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

9. Remove from the heat and let cool.

10. Dip the fried mitai in the syrup and coat with remaining sugar and place on a plate.

11. When completely cooled, store in air-tight container in room temperature for about 2-3 weeks.

Helpful tips

● If you want a more traditional flavor, you could add 1 teaspoon of aniseed to the recipe.

● You can also use this dough to make Mitai balls. Just divide the dough into small balls and deep fry them. Serve with the sugar syrup.

● If you don’t have condensed milk, you can substitute it with evaporated milk.


I hope that you will try out the Mitai recipe and enjoy it as much as we do. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know in the comments below. Until next time, happy cooking!

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