Mauritian style sweet sesame balls / Gateau zinzli


This is our take on the Mauritian style Sweet Sesame Ball known as Gateau Zinzli 🇲🇺 They are crunchy on the outside and so fluffy and light inside. Slightly sweet and coated with sesame seeds, they are difficult to resist!

5 from 5 votes

mauritian style sweet sesame balls / gateau zinzli

Servings 6 serves
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp milk powder full cream
  • tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp butter regular
  • 4-5 tbsp water enough to make a dough
  • sesame seeds coating
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • In a large mixing bowl, add the plain flour, milk powder, sugar and baking powder. Mix well to combine
  • Add the butter, then gently incorporate using both hands until the flour mixture reaches a sandy consistency. Check video recipe for illustration!
  • Add 3tbsp of water, then mix slowly to form a dough. Knead and add extra water if needed to form a slightly sticky but firm dough (as shown in the video)
  • Make 6 equal dough balls then gently roll in sesame seeds to coat evenly (make sure they stick well to the dough)
  • Heat up some frying oil on medium to low heat (170C – 340F), then gently drop and fry the sesame balls for about 6 to 8 minutes or until golden. Keep rolling them around so they cook evenly.
  • Let cool down then enjoy with a hot cup of tea!



the sesame balls are best eaten while still warm!
to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands when making balls, grease your hands with some oil or butter.
fry on low heat so the sesame balls don’t burn and keep rolling them around for even cooking.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Mauritian
Keyword: Vegetarian

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you!

  2. Kenneth Pillay says:

    5 stars
    The recipe for sesame cakes seem to be quite simple. I’m definitely going to have a go

    1. Let us know how it went when you try 😉

  3. 5 stars
    Very light and fluffy! Thank you

  4. 5 stars
    Came out nice, thank you!

    1. Thank you for trying our recipe!

  5. 4 stars
    Good recipe!

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