Mini Vitumbua

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Makes 40-50 mini vitumbua

Vitumbua are a coastal E/African dish made of rice or rice flour and coconut. They are delightfully delicious! I made the miniature version using an appam pan that looks like THIS.

These can be made in a bigger size too using a a small sized frying pan/karai and cooked one at a time. I love the appam pan because it yields a bigger batch in one go, and the vitumbua are cute and tiny so you don't feel too guilty about the calories when you eat them.

1 ¾ cups
thick/heavy tui/coconut milk
1 ½ cups
(the thick variety if possible, don't use the thin long grain if you can avoid it, we need these to be able to mash up nicely)
1 cup
1 tsp
instant yeast
1/2 tsp
cardamom powder
oil for frying

Soak the rice overnight, and then drain completely. Make sure no water remains in the rice, and you can do this by leaving it in a sieve to drain for as long as you can.

Please click HERE for step by step instructions on making the perfect mini vitumbuas.

Put the rice, coconut milk, yeast and cardamom powder into your blender and blend until completely smooth. This may take a while but stick to it. Keep blending for a full minute at a time, giving the blender a rest of a few seconds between pulses. Once you're satisfied that the rice has been mashed completely and your batter is smooth, pour it out into a bowl, cover and set aside to rise for 30-60mins.

Once risen, add the sugar and mix it in using your hand. Make sure the sugar is completely mixed into the batter.

Now put some oil in your Appam pan or any tiny karai and heat it up. Then add batter using a spoon into your pan and fry the vitumbua, first on one side and then turn it over to do the other side until golden on both sides.

Serve warm! :)


Asalam Alaykum Siti Fauzia,

Thanks for the menu but i would kindly request you to post for me how to make rice bread. The one like sponge cake not mkate wa sinia.


Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, inshaAllah.

i absolutely love all ur recipes..:)
just wanted to know the procedure of making the vitumbuas if i was to use rice flour instead of rice..
thank you

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thank you! Have not tried to use rice flour myself, so am not sure how much would be the recommended amount. Sorry!

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