Vitumbua (Tanzanian Coconut Rice Cup Cakes)


2 cups rice flour   
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon y
1 cup sugar  
1/2 cup coconut cream
Cardamon pods

Water at room temperature
Oil for frying

Cooking part

1. Soak the rice in water for 4 to 12 hours. Then empty the water completely.

2. Use blender or food processor to make fine flour

Process unit you get a thick creamed mixture

In a large mixer bowl combine 1/2-teaspoon sugar, 1/2-cup water and yeast let it sit for five minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until smooth. Cover the bowl with a hot wet towel to rise
The norm way to make them us by using vitumbua pan. If you don't have then use the Japanese pan, non-stick muffin pan or heavy frying pan. Heat the stove at medium-high adds a tsp of oil. Allow the oil to heat and then pour the mixture until reaches 3/4 to the top (like 1/2 a cup). Turn when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Remove from heat when kitumbua stops steaming or test with a skewer to see if it is done.

Place them on a paper towel right away.

Supu ya Viazi vitamu (Sweet Potatoes Soup)

This is the best soup for little babies too. 
  •   Veritable oil
  •   Onion, sliced
  •   Ground cumin
  •   Sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  •   Chicken broth
  •   Yogurt
  •   Chopped parsley or cilantro
  •   Toasted pumpkin seeds


  1. In a soup pot heat oil. Add onions and cumin and saute 3-4 minutes. Add potatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer soup 20-25 minutes.
  2. Puree soup with Yogurt and parsley or cilantro. Serve each portion of soup with a dollop of sweet corn and sprinkle of pumpkin seeds and cilantro.