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Vibibi are gluten free rice pancakes with coconut flavour from the Swahili Cuisine. Enjoy it for breakfast with the traditional kahwa.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 hrs 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine East Africa Coastal, Kiswahili
Servings 12


  • cups rice white
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar
  • cup thick coconut milk
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut grated
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder elachi
  • 1 tsp instant dry active yeast
  • oil/ butter for cooking the pancakes



  • Soak the rice overnight or for at least 6 hours in lukewarm water.
  • Put the rice in a sieve or strainer to drain out the water. Wash the rice under running water and let the water drain out completely.
  • Put the rice and coconut milk in the blender jug and process it to a smooth batter.
  • Pour the batter into a big bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except the oil and mix it well.
  • Cover the bowl and allow the batter to ferment for 1-2 hours.
  • The batter should appear frothy.


  • Heat a frying pan with a tsp of oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, drop a ladleful (about ¼ cup) of the batter into the pan.
  • As it cooks tiny holes will appear on top. When the edges are light brown, flip the pancake over.
  • Add a little oil around it and cook till it is golden brown.
  • After each pancake is cooked, let the oil get a bit hot before adding the batter.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve hot Vibibi on its own or with chopped fresh fruit and honey.½


  • Traditionally, water is added to the grated coconut and squeezed using a strainer or a strong cloth to get the thick milk. I used ready made canned coconut milk, as it gives a much better coconut taste.
  • If you’re in a cold place, place the bowl with batter in hot water. This will help the batter to ferment faster.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste. Traditionally, about ½ cup is added to the batter. 
  • If you're not following a vegan diet, you can add an egg to the batter. If using an egg then add less coconut milk.
Keyword Rice and Coconut Pancake, Vibibi Recipe