25 October 2011

Sanna / Mangalore Steamed Rice Cake

If you are a Mangalorean or studied or lived in Mangalore then Sanna's will surely be your favorite. Who can resist these fluffy Sannas or Mangalore Idly's. I have fond memories of Mangalore. Spent almost 6 years there and everything about that place is dear to me.

All those 6 years I stayed with my dearest Queenie Aunt. She introduced me to all the possible Mangalore Cuisine and cooked such yummy food. I remember my friends literally pouncing on my tiffin every afternoon at college. Sad, I hardly would get a bite. Friends would happily share their tiffins with me and my friends who stayed in hostels would eagerly ask me 'What's for tiffin today?' without fail as soon as they spot me. Sweet memories indeed.

So here is one of my favorite Mangalore special - Sanna. This recipe is from my best friend Shireen's blog. To get over the hang over of visiting Mangalore, I had to cook a recipe from my favourite place.

Recipe Source: Ruchik Randhap

1-1/2 cups Idly Rice
1/2 cup Raw rice 
1/4 cup  Urad dal (Split Black Gram Dal) 
1 tsp dried yeast (heaped)
1 tsp sugar ( for making yeast solution)
3-4 tbsp warm water ( to make yeast solution)
salt to taste
Sugar to taste (1-2 tsp)

Soak the two types of rice and urad dal separately for 3 hours.
Grind the urad dal first and remove it.
Grind the two types of rice together into a thick batter.
Transfer the dal and rice batter to a large bowl big enough to accommodate double the quantity of batter.
Mix yeast to a bowl of warm water along with 1 tsp sugar. Allow it to stand for 10 minutes. When it turns frothy mix it well with batter.
Add salt and sugar.
Cover with a muslin cloth and place it in a warm place to ferment for about 1- 1 ½ hours.
The batter would have doubled. Place sufficient water in an Idly maker and let it come to a boil.
Grease steel ramekins with little oil. Pour a ladle of batter in each.
Place the ramekins in the idly maker and close it. Let it cook for 10- 15 minutes.
When done remove the ramekins and place them face down on a plate.
Allow to cool and remove.
Serve it with Chicken/ Mutton Curry/ Coconut Dry Chutney.

Use as little water as possible to grind.
The batter is fine and thick.
Do not stir the batter after fermentation. Scoop to fill into ramekins.
To know if the batter is ready peel, wash an onion and put it in the batter. Once the fermentation is done the onion will sink to the bottom. (I have seen Queenie aunt do this. It works)
Insert a toothpick to check if sannas are cooked. If it comes out clean it is done.
If you wish to make sannas only the next day, after fermentation leave it in a fridge overnight.
If you are in a hurry to remove the sannas place the ramekins in  cold water bath (Pour cold water in a  large bowl and place ramekins in it). Once cold run a knife or spoon around it to remove sanna faster.
The time taken to cook depends on the size of the ramekins. It varies from 8 – 15 minutes.
Add more sugar if you like the sanna to be sweet.


  1. Steamed Rice cakes luks yum yum.Delicious.Luv it.Dear Blogger Friend,Wish U a Warm and Happy Diwali.Enjoy the Festivities with taste-filled delights,Safe and Delicious Memorable Moments - Regards, Christy Gerald

  2. sofy n fluffy sannas..love 2 have them wid spicy coconut chutney

  3. Never tasted them...Looks very tempting...

    Happy Diwali to U n family


  4. hey rinku.. good article.. thanks for mentioning my grandmother.. indeed she s a really good cook

  5. Thanks dear friends. Happy Diwali to you all..
    @ Karen..My pleasure dear. I am surely going to do a post dedicated to Queenie aunt. Do tell her that I miss her a lot...There is so much we need to learn from her. You are lucky to be living so close to her.

  6. Mangalore steamed cakes are delicious and looks comfort. Happy Diwali to you!!!

    My Kitchen Experiments

  7. this looks lovely! cant wait to try them...

  8. Sanna looks so delicious and tempting.
    Also a Very Happy Diwali to you and your dear ones.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Sounds new and interesting! Wishing u and ur family a very Happy Diwali

  10. Lovely little Sanna's. I love them. They are so versatile. Have your tried them with minced meat dish., tastes divine. :o)

  11. great rinku - u took me back to my college days in m;lore. happy diwali to u and ur family :)

  12. This looks really delicious,never tried this before..thanks for sharing

  13. This looks like a yummy recipe...

  14. looks delicious... must try someday... wish you a very happy Diwali..

  15. Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.
    Rice cake looks yummy and tempting.

  16. hey that looks very deliciocus & soft....and I loved all the clicks...

  17. Made these for Blog Hop Wednesdays and LOVED it! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe :)


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