How to Prepare Vitumbua( Coconut Rice Pancakes)

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Vitumbua( Coconut Rice Pancakes)

An addictive healthy coconut and rice vegan donut or pancake topped with vegan caramel sauce. A melt in your mouth experience!

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: African

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: 12 -15 balls



2 cups 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 Coconut dipping sauce 1 can coconut ¾ cup brown sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla 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 in a large bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm area until doubled in size or when you see bubbles forming.

Heat a kitumbua: 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 chopstick. Continue cooking on the other side and repeat this process until all the batter is finished. Let it cool slightly and enjoy with chai or caramel dipping sauce.

Coconut Caramel dipping Sauce:

Bring the coconut milk and brown sugar to a boil together in a heavy-bottomed pot or skillet. Reduce heat to medium low; cook and stir frequently until the mixture is thick and the volume has reduced by about half, about 20 minutes or more.