Cardamom and Pistachio Donuts

Donuts are so synonymous with breakfast. Donut shops are a common sight here in the US, every zip code has tons of mom and pop stores which cater to the local people.

Since I prefer eggless desserts and breads I wanted to try experimenting with some Indian flavors for the Diwali festival.

This is a fusion donut made with cardamom, which is a native spice grown in India. Its flavor is so rich, exotic and unique. Cardamom can be used in many ways to flavor food like tea, coffee in addition to desserts. I also find when using sweet spices like cardamom in desserts you can reduce the amount of sugar since the spice contributes sweetness by its flavor and aroma. 

Many cultures around the world also use cardamom in their cooking. Nordic countries also use this spice in making breads etc.

The donuts can be made festive by adding a simple cardamom glaze.


Makes 9-10 donuts

Prep Time

10-15 minutes

Cook Time

18-20 minutes

Total Time

30-35 minutes

  • 1½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1cup milk
  • ¾ tbsp vinegar
  • 3½ tbsp butter, melted
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Chopped pistachios to decorate

Step 1
Grease donut molds with butter and keep aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2
Sift flour, baking soda and baking powder into a bowl and keep aside.

Step 3
Combine milk and vinegar in a small bowl and let it stand for a few minutes. This will make buttermilk. Whisk well after a few minutes and it is ready to use.

Step 4
Mix the flour mixture, buttermilk, melted butter, salt and sugar into a thick batter.

Step 5
Fill the batter into a piping bag with a plain tip attached and pipe ¾ of the mold with the batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes. 

Step 6
Remove from the oven and cool completely. Unmold and place the donuts on the wire rack and place the baking sheet under to catch any dripping glaze.

Step 7
To make the glaze combine the ingredients using a whisk. If you find the glaze is too thick add a few drops of milk to make it thin. 

Step 8
Using a spoon, pour the glaze over the top of the donuts and let it drip. Add finely chopped pistachios and let the glaze set. 

Donuts are ready to enjoy! 

Pro tip- Placing the piping bag in a glass cup before pouring the batter will ensure a mess free job.
If you do not have donut molds, use a standard size muffin sheet and place rolled aluminum foil in the center of each muffin mold to create a donut-like center.
If you do not prefer extra sweet desserts you can skip the glaze.
If you don’t have piping bags and plain tips use a small spoon to fill the mold. I find using a piping bag makes it easier.


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