Vitumbua is common Swahili snack made of rice and coconut and then deep fried. The sugar in the ingredients and the fluffiness just melts in your mouth. It is best served with Mbaazi or eaten as a snack on it’s on. It is delicious, mouthwatering and sweet snack that has been passed on by generations in East Africa.

You can find Vitumbua sold at various food vendors around Mombasa, they go for about kshs 30 to kshs 50. You will find it more common in Ramadhan, because after a long day of not eating One kitumbua can bring the energy back.

Here is a simple Recipe from Fauzia’s Kitchen Fun:

1 3/4 cups
thick/heavy tui/coconut milk
1 1/2 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

Please click here for step by step instructions with pictures on how to make these mini vitumbuas.

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.

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.

So next time you want to have something sweet…Make some Vitumbua.

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