Sannas is a very popular dish among the Manglorian and Goan Catholic community. This is usually served with an authentic chicken or pork curry. Sannas are fluffy, white rice cakes which resemble idlis, the texture is soft and it’s flavour is very, very pleasant.

I make sannas at home very often and I find all that I need on the table is a simple curry to go with it. The ingredients are readily available and somehow it suits my routine. Before I leave to work, I soak the rice and dal, when I come back at 2 p.m I grind the rice and dal and leave it to ferment, and by dinner time the sannas are steaming away. Quick, easy and unbelievably tasty. We love having sannas for dinner, it works out just fine for me.

Sharing a lovely recipe of mine.


  • Raw rice -2 cups
  • Whole urad dal – 1 and a 1/2 tablespoons
  • Dry Yeast – 1/2 tsp
  • Warm water-1/2 cup
  • Sugar-1 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and soak rice and urad dal in water for 4 hours.
  • Grind soaked rice and urad dal in your food processor till smooth in consistency.
  • Meanwhile in a bowl take warm water, add sugar and sprinkle yeast on top. Keep the bowl covered for 10 minutes, till the yeast turns frothy.
  • To the creamy mixture in the mixie add the yeast and blend for a few minutes.
  • Remove the mixture in a deep bowl, cover and keep in a warm place to ferment.
  • Fermentation usually takes 4-5 hours.
  • Before steaming, check for salt and sugar.
  • Lightly grease the idli moulds, fill it with fermented batter till half.
  • Steam for a couple of minutes.
  • Remove and keep aside to cool.
  • With the help of a spoon dipped in water remove the soft sannas .
  • Serve with curry/ korma of your choice.

Chefs tips:

  • Measure out the rice and urad dal accurately.
  • Yeast should be fresh, in case it’s a couple of months old, add half a teaspoon extra.
  • The consistency of the batter should be such that it covers the back of a spoon.
  • The sannas have to cool down completely before you remove them from the mould.
  • You can make 24 sannas with the above quantity mentioned.
  • If there are left overs, you could sprinkle some water, close it with a lid and microwave for a minute or so.
  • This serves 6-8.

“Wine, good food, family and friends, that’s what it’s ALL about.” – Woolridge

Till my next post,



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