Vibibi (Rice and Coconut Pancakes)

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Makes 8-10 pancakes

Vibibi are sweet, soft and delicious pancakes made from a rice and coconut batter. They are famous in the E/African communities and are especially enjoyable during Ramadhan. The Swahili word 'vibibi' translates to 'little ladies'. Am not entirely sure why they are called this but I believe it could be a testament to their sweetness! 

1 1/2 cups
1 cup
heavy coconut milk
1/2 cup
light coconut milk
3/4 cup
1 tsp.
instant yeast
1 level tbsp.
plain/all purpose flour
1/2 tsp.
cardamom powder
ghee or oil for cooking the pancakes

Rinse the rice, then soak it overnight in water. Drain and give it a final rinse and put the rice on a strainer to drain away as much excess water as possible.

Put the rice in a blender jug, add the sugar and half of the heavy coconut milk. Blend until all the rice is finely ground. This may take a while, so keep blending in one minute bursts and gradually add in the rest of the heavy coconut milk, making sure to scrape the sides of the blender down to ensure everything is well mixed. Then add the light coconut milk, yeast, egg, flour and cardamom powder. Blend again until everything is properly combined.

Pour this batter into a bowl and cover. Place it in a warm place for about an hour or until the batter gets frothy and increases in volume. Give it a mix and start preparing the pancakes.

Warm a small non stick frying pan and then add a small drizzle of oil or ghee. Ladle some batter onto a pan (about one serving spoon), turn the heat down and cover the pan. When the top of the pancake begins to dry up and starts forming small holes, drizzle a small touch of oil on the pancake and then gently flip it to cook the other side. It should turn a nice golden brown colour on both sides.

Remove on to a plate, then repeat the process and keep going until all the pancakes are done.

Serve with tea for a luxurious breakfast or as a sweet starter before a meal.

Enjoy! :)


HI can i use basmati rice?

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Hi, yes you can.

Hi can i make this with brown rice?

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Hi, sorry but I personally have never made this with brown rice and am not sure that the results would be as good with that substitution.

Can I use rice flour instead of rice?if so wats th quantity?

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Yes you can, same amount.

Assalamu Alaikum sis. Can I use cinnamon powder to place of the cardamom powder and how much quantity if substitutable. Jazakallahu khairan.

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W/Salaam, yes you can...a small pinch will be enough. :)

Assalamu Alaikum. I was able to find some black cardamom in its whole form. Can I grind it and use it? And how much of it? Jazakallahu khairan sis.

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W/Salaam, remove the peels and grind or pound the cardamom seeds to a fine powder. Doesn't have to be black cardamom, I use green/white.

Salam sis,I am novice in such kind recipes ...I dnt understand abt the coconut milk,can I used any other type of milk?,can I used baking powder instead of cardamom powder,cx there is nt cardom powder in my area.

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W/Salaam, no for this recipe the coconut milk is important. And no you cannot use baking powder. Cardamom powder is a spice, basically cardamoms are peeled then powdered. You can google to see how it looks.

Assalamu alaikum,

please let me know the garlic bread recipe. Jazakallahu Khairah

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W/Salaam, please check the breads section or do a search using the search bar on the top right hand side of the page.

Salam if u can't find the coconut milk can one just use any other milk eg peak?

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W/Salaam, coconut milk is a must for this recipe.

Hi love ur recipes. Thanks.

salaam sister I have noticed u say we can use rice flour,what about ground rice.if so any changes I need to soory its just that I have a lot of ground rice bought accidently.also do u have any phirni recipe.

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W/Salaam, am sure ground rice will be just fine. Same recipe amount. Sorry at the moment no phirni recipe but I do have a good kheer/rice pudding recipe in the desserts folder.

Hey sis can I just soak the rice for hours like morning to evening, or I just have to soak it overnight

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Hi, yes of course...morning to evening is fine. Minimum of 6 hours or up to 12 hours.

A/salam..thanks alot for ur nice recepies...plz tell me can I use heavy cocount milk only...

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W/Salaam, it might be too rich if you use only heavy coconut milk. Just dilute some of the heavy coconut milk with a bit of warm water or milk to make it lighter in consistency then use. :)

just wanted to knw if I can make dis batter one day ahead?

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I would not recommend for you to store a yeast-batter more than the recommended time as it will keep on proofing and developing so that long duration will make the batter smell yeasty and taste different.

Salams sis, if I dont want to use egg in this recepie can I ommit it? Thanks

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W/Salaam, your results will not be as fluffy and light without the egg.

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Aslm alkm , what kind of rice is good for this recipe? thanks

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W/Salaam, any rice will work. I've done these with basmati as well as pishori rice.

Salam , can I omit sugar n have these pan cakes wid a spicy chicken or any gravy ?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, never tried a savoury version, you can certainly try and let me know how they turn out. :)

InshaAllah. Hope it won't effect the fluffy n softness of the pancakes

Hi dear,how you?
I wanted vibib syrup recipee as i have tasted somewhere
After making vbb they pour kind of some syrup on top which makes it more richer in taste
I dnt remember much as have tasted long back..
I think few saffron strands were also seemed in the syrup
I dnt remember exactly
Can u please write me pourin syrup recipee

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Hi, at the moment I do not have the recipe but I believe it is made with coconut milk, with some sugar and cardamom added in. Simmer while stirring, you can thin it out by adding some plain milk or even water. Then drizzle on the vibibi.

I dnt know wether was made of milk or coconut cream
But I remember it made the vbb more mouth watering

Love u

Wow thanks a lot

Salam. Please how can I make the coconut milk?

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W/Salaam, squeeze it out of freshly grated coconut or buy it.


Can you please explain how thick or thin the batter should be.. and when making double.. should i also double the egg quantity?

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W/Salaam. Batter should be of medium consistency, if you double the recipe double ALL the ingredients.

Can v use Maggi Coconut milk powder to make coconut milk ?
What should be the proportion of powder to water for heavy coconut milk ?

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I actually have never tried using powdered coconut milk so am not sure how the results would turn out.

Aslm alykm appi. Is this the same as mkate Wa chila?
I had something called mkate Wa chila last Ramadhan at an iftar get together but it had condensed milk. Is this the same with condensed milk poured over? Or that's as whole different recipe

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W/Salaam, no I think that is a different recipe.