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Vitumbua’ – Tanzanian-Style Doughnuts (Dumplings)


Golden and crunchy on the outside, and a delicate cardamom-scented cloud on the inside. Vitumbua (singular is kitumbua) is a street snack in Tanzania made with rice, coconut, sugar, yeast and aromatic spices. There are variations using rice or rice flour. Toss them in cinnamon and sugar, or pair them with this delicious spiced strawberry jam. They’re almost like a take on the popular trending pancake cereal…let’s just say that Africa did it first. Inspired by these delicious treats, our recipe developer created a Vitumbuya-style dumpling recipe, try these beautiful Cardomum dumplings (or doughnuts), paired with a spiced strawberry jam.

These doughnuts also happen to be vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free…it’s a WIN for many.

Prep time
10 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes

Additional Notes


  • For a less sweet kitumbua, use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.
  • If you are making these dumplings in a pan, they are similar to pancakes. Bubbles form as the vitumbua cook. When all the bubbles pop the kitumbua is almost ready to flip.
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