Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Gulgula, Mini Pumpkin Donuts

Fall is almost here. Exactly a week away from today. Fall in the states mean everything pumpkin.., From your lattes to your cheesecakes to cookies to donuts.  Only after coming to the USA, I realized that there are so many varieties of pumpkin – different sizes, shapes and color. I was taken by the concept that we welcome the harvesting season with pumpkins and Halloween.

Gluten Free and Vegan Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Gulgula, Pumpkin Donuts

I’m ok with pumpkin. I mean, I like pumpkin in savory dishes. You will never see me drinking a pumpkin spice latte though. Never. Nothing comes between me and my coffee. Period.  However, these Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Gulgula, Pumpkin Donuts change my point of view on sweet pumpkin dishes. The soft texture of these gluten free and Vegan Pumpkin Fritters/Pumpkin Gulgulas/Pumpkin Donuts are going to be your coffe’s best friend this fall.

However, you give me a good-looking pumpkin, I will make an awesome tasting savory dish for you. I may soon come up with a savory pumpkin dish. So stay tuned.

Pumpkin_Fritters_Pumpkin_Gulgula_Pumpkin_Donuts2Let me tell you how this idea to make Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Gulgula, Pumpkin Donuts came to me. I grew up in a coastal area and there were a lot of palm trees all around. Around this time of the year, everyone used to make some kind of sweet dishes out of the palm fruits – crepes or gulgulas. The Palm fruit pulp was mixed up with home-made rice flour and then deep-fried. Those were delicious. Perfect with your coffee or hot tea.

Ask me what’s Gulgula? Gulgula is nothing but another Indian regional name given to mini donuts.

These Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Gulgula, Pumpkin Donuts are gluten-free and completely Vegan. So go ahead and enjoy your Fall weekends with these beauties and a hot cup of coffee.


  • 2 Cups Rice Flour (you can use regular Flour as well)
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree (I used the ready made puree)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar or as per your taste
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 1 TBSP Soda
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Enough oil to deep fry the fritters
  • Powdered Sugar to dust


  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except for oil and powdered sugar
  • Add about ¼ to 1/2 cup water and mix well.
  • Set aside the mixture for half an hour.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.
  • Slowly drop a spoonful of batter at a time over medium heat. Fry until they turn golden brown from all sides.
  • Remove the fritters/gulgulas/donuts and place over a paper towel, so the excess oil is absorbed.
  • Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top, and serve hot. You can also drizzle some hot chocolate syrup.

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Pumpkin Fritters/Pumpkin Gulgula/Pumpkin Donuts - The soft, pillowy texture of these Gluten Free, Vegan Pumpkin Gulgula will blow your mind away. Happy Fall, You all!!
Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Gulgula, Pumpkin Donuts

Author: MyYellowApron

I’m scrappy, weird and goofy. I’m a snob when it comes to a LOT of things.., Mainly – coffee, wine and chocolates. I laugh loud and yell louder. I run fast, but walk slow. I love walking long walks with a hot mug of coffee held tight between my hands. I have lonely eyes and a kind heart. I forgive but rarely forget. I remember the silliest of things and forget important matters. I love to run, read, cook and entertain. I draw inspirations from anything and everything aesthetic. There are numerous people who have and still continue to enrich my life in many good ways. I will remain indebted to them – Always. My dad is my biggest fan when it comes to cooking. I could see his eyes light up every time I serve something. My mom’s agility and affectionate nature that reflects on her food is something I’m still trying to master. Travel fascinates me amongst other things. Leave me in Venice and I would get lost in its timeless beauty – The canals. The piazzas. The art. The espresso. Leave me in NYC and I would tirelessly walk the length and breadth of the city (after all, There is always something open 24 hours a day). Through this blog, I am hoping to bring in my passion and love for a few things – Cooking, Travel, Kids, Coffee, Clothes and in the interim learn more myself. Hope I am able to do justice to my PASSION.

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  1. Like you, I prefer pumpkin in savory dishes, but I could not say no to one of these delightful little donuts. A great treat to go with my (black) coffee! 🙂

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  2. Mmmm. These look fabulous! I’m with you, you won’t see me drinking pumpkin spice lattes. I just don’t like them. But I do love pumpkin baked good and these donut/gulgula/fritters look fun and delicious!

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  3. I love that these can be made gluten free! And seriously, you dont love pumpkin spice latte?!? I am so pumpkin anything these days! Thanks for these yummy little treats!

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