Addictive healthy coconut and rice donut (vitumbua) recipe

Coconut and rice donut (Vitumbua)

Vitumbua– An addictive healthy coconut and rice donut which a coastal East-African dish. They are delightfully delicious! The best way to enjoy this is with a big cup of tea.



➲2 cups of rice

➲1-teaspoon yeast

➲1 cup canned coconut milk (slightly warmed)

➲2-3 tablespoon coconut flakes (optional)

➲½ -1 teaspoon salt

➲¾ – 1-cup sugar (brown, white or coconut sugar) (I used coconut sugar)

➲1 teaspoon Spice (Cardamom, nutmeg)

➲½ teaspoon almond extract


Soak 2 cups of rice in a large bowl and let it soften, this might take 4 hours or more, preferably overnight.

Drain the water completely and add in a food processor or blender together with coconut milk, flakes, spices, sugar, salt, and yeast. Blend until puree, you might have to do this in batches depending on your blender- make sure you pause in between and check for smoothness.

Pour into a large bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm area until doubled in size or when you see bubbles forming.

Heat a vitumbua, or fry pan on medium heat, add about a ½ or more teaspoon of oil, and brush the holes with the oil.

Make sure pan is warm enough before adding batter about ¾ full. Cook for about 2 -3 minutes on each side, then quickly flip using a chopstick. Continue cooking on the other side and repeat this process until all the batter is finished.

Frying coconut and rice donut (Vitumbua) in a pan

Let it cool slightly and enjoy with chai or caramel dipping sauce.

Happy cooking!.

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