Sannas Recipe, Goan Steamed Rice Bread

Sannas Recipe, Goan Steamed Rice Bread

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Sannas, a famous Goan delicacy, is a steamed rice cake that has a soft texture and pleasant flavour. The unique batter, made of rice, coconut and yeast, yields an amazing rice cake with a lovely taste.

Traditionally, toddy is used for fermenting this, but we have used yeast instead as it is easily available and acceptable to all.

You can enjoy it for lunch or dinner with any spicy Curry of your choice.

You can consider serving it with Potatoes in Goanese Gravy or Bread Kofta Curry .

Sannas Recipe, Goan Steamed Rice Bread recipe - How to make Sannas Recipe, Goan Steamed Rice Bread

Soaking time:  Overnight   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     10Makes 10 sannas
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2 cups raw rice (chawal)
1 tbsp instant dry yeast
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup grated coconut
salt to taste

  1. Clean, wash and soak the rice in a deep bowl overnight in enough water. Next day drain the water completely using a strainer. Keep aside.
  2. Combine the yeast, ½ tbsp sugar and 3 tbsp warm water in a deep bowl, mix well and cover it with a lid and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Combine the soaked rice, coconut, remaining 1½ tbsp of sugar and 1¼ cups of water in a mixer and blend it till smooth.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl, add the yeast sugar mixture and salt and mix well.
  5. Cover it with a lid and keep aside for 2 hours for fermenting.
  6. Once fermented, mix well.
  7. Place 7 greased sanna moulds or small steel vati and pour the batter till ¾ of the moulds and steam in a steamer on a medium flame for 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Cool slightly, loosen the edges with the knife and demould it.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to make 7 more sannas.
  10. Serve hot with a curry of your choice.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per sanna
Energy156 cal
Protein2.5 g
Carbohydrates29.2 g
Fiber2.3 g
Fat3.3 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium3.7 mg


Sannas Recipe, Goan Steamed Rice Bread
 on 13 Sep 17 04:19 PM

A famous goan delicacy.. sannas.. perfect recipe.. it is spongy and goes great with chana curry..Loved the combination.. Enjoyed this recipe for lunch..