Friday, April 6, 2018

Vitumbua/Tanzanian Doughnuts/Gluten Free Coconut Pancake Balls

Vitumbua is a gluten free East African breakfast pancakes which is well known in most part of African countries. Though their name varies like Masa in Western African countries like Nigeria and Cameroon. This dish is eaten happily in Swahili countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar,Uganda,Zambia Rwanda, Somalia, Burundi,Malawi and Mozambique. However you can even find this same Vitumbua in few Asian countries like India, Indonesia etc. Not only you can enjoy these gluten free Vitumbua for your breakfast, you can enjoy even for your evening snacks with some home made sauce or else simply with honey. Though this dish calls for spices like cardamom, nutmeg and almond extract, traditionally this dish is flavored with cardamoms. East African peoples enjoy this ultimate cuties with a cup of chai to finish their breakfast or snacks.

Gluten free Vitumbua,Coconut & Rice Doughnuts

Am running a month of blogging marathon with 4 themes for 4 weeks. For the first week, i picked International breakfast dishes. After posting 4 different breakfast dishes from different part of the world, now am taking you all to East Africa. Vitumbua will definitely please anyone at home as this dish calls for coconut and cardamom. We enjoyed thoroughly these cuties simply with some honey, but trust me the original recipe which inspired me to prepare this dish served Vitumbua with a homemade caramel sauce. Though i want to give a try to the caramel sauce, i opted for honey just to keep myself away from munching of these cuties. Trust me this Tanzanian doughnuts are seriously very dangerously addictive with a wonderful subtle coconut and cardamom aroma. If you want to give serve a different and a new breakfast to your family dont forget to this fantastic dish.

Tanzanian Doughnuts,Vitumbua

Recipe Source: Here
2cups Basmati rice
1tsp Instant yeast
1cup Coconut milk (lukewarm)
3tbsp Grated coconut
1cup Sugar
1/2tsp Cardamom powder

Soak the rice in enough water and keep aside for overnite.

Next day, drain the water and take in a blender together with coconut milk, flakes, spices, sugar, salt and yeast.

Blend until the mixture turns smooth.

Pour in a large bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm area until doubled in size or else when you see the bubbles on the top of the butter.
Heat a appe pan/appam pan, or fry pan on medium heat, drop enough oil or brush the holes with oil.

Once the pan gets warm enough, pour a tablespoon of batter to fill 3/4th of the hole.

Vitumbua, Tanzanian Coconut Doughnuts

Cook for about 2 -3 minutes on each side, then quickly flip using a bamboo stick.

Continue cooking on the other side and repeat this process until  the batter gets finished.

Let it cool slightly.

Serve with honey or sauce of your choice.

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preeti garg said... Reply To This Comment

Wow.. love this donut recipe... looks mouthwatering

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! it is almost the appe we make with rice flour. A distant cousin maybe :) Looks super tempting, Priya.

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Oh wow ! These pancakes are made with rice flour ! That is an excellent take on these cute little beauties from Africa ! Serving with honey is interesting though I prefer caramel sauce :))

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

Wow what an interesting and unique pancakes these are Priya. Using soaked rice and yeast is so unusual but the pancakes look so fluffy and delicious.

Sandhiya said... Reply To This Comment

OMG, that's looks so sinfully delicious with the sauce,Priya. First time i'm hearing about this dish. Bookmarked to try . Kudos to your efforts for trying out such a unique recipes!!

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

wah re wah sixer ku mele sixer aa adikureenga aks :) these looks so fluffy and so well made , Love the way how perfectly you have made them, looks fabulous !! The ingredients combo is very interesting !! Another new dish learned from you !!

Sharmila kingsly said... Reply To This Comment

Really just wondering how you select your recipes.. Everything i come to your space i leave drooling.One more yummy recipe from you..

Srividhya said... Reply To This Comment

It's like our sweet paniyaaram right? I get why u didn't want to try it with caramel sauce. These seem to be dangerously addictive.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

OMG! These pancakes have such a nice golden hue and looks absolutely yum. Love the sauce dipped pancake. Want to grab it off screen now..

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

My dad travels to Africa very often and he was telling me how similar our cuisines are. I am in love with the recipe and absolutely love the flavor of coconut milk.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Wow I never knew there was such a wonderful treat to try..and eggless on top..what a lovely dish Priya!

Padmajha said... Reply To This Comment

These look so cute Priya! Would be a great snack too for kids!

cookingwithsapana said... Reply To This Comment

Omg I am in love with the gluten-free pancakes. They sound so tempting and must have tasted yummy too.

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Priya, finally someone makes something from my part of the world. I simply love vitumbua. Sometimes for added treat I serve it with chocolate sauce. Originally they are dunked in sweet tea and eaten. Very common in Tanzania and we see it sold on the streets in Mombasa during Ramadan.

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

This has been on my to do list for years now. Your doughnuts look so inviting and that caramel sauce topping looks so tempting. The combo must have tasted so good.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

what a name priya, heyyy vitumba,LOL!!!
Looks super delcious, rice and yeast something close to our appam, but in smaller size!!!

Kalyani said... Reply To This Comment

I think I have a secret google search engine priya . Where do U find such hidden recipes :) anything that sounds and looks like doughnuts is a winner