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.
VITUMBUA VYA MCHELE RECIPE
Ingredients➲2 cups rice
➲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 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 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.
Let it cool slightly and enjoy with chai or caramel dipping sauce.