Sanna - Sannas - Sannaa

Close-up of raw rice in wooden spoon on table
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Prep: 5 hrs
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 5 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 5 to 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
359 Calories
27g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 359
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 24g 118%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 310mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This typically coastal Indian food is eaten with curries, stir-fries and even on its own. There's nothing like warm, soft and fluffy Sannas to go with chicken sukka, a pork vindaloo or sorpatel!


  • 2 cups (500 grams) rice

  • 2 medium coconuts

  • 1 pint (500 milliliters) Goan toddy or 2 1/2 teaspoons dried yeast

  • 2 teaspoons sugar (to mix with yeast if using)

  • Salt, to taste

  • 4 teaspoons sugar,  to add to batter

  • 1 cup warm water, if using yeast

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash the rice well and soak in water overnight. In the morning, drain the water and grind the rice into a fine paste with a little toddy. If you are not using today, grind the rice on its own.

  2. Scrape the coconut out of the shell and grind it into a paste too.

  3. If you are using the yeast, mix it with 2 teaspoons of sugar and the warm water. Stir well. Allow to sit for a few minutes and it will begin to rise.

  4. Mix the rice and coconut pastes together in a large, deep bowl and add the toddy/ yeast water. Mix well to form a thick batter.

  5. Allow this batter to ferment for 4 to 5 hours.

  6. Grease an Idli stand (or small ramekin dishes with a little cooking oil and pour enough batter into the mold/ramekin dishes to fill about 3/4 of the way.

  7. Put the Idli stand/ ramekin dishes into a steamer and steam for 20 minutes at least (or till cooked - a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean) on high flame.

  8. When cooked, gently remove from the Idli molds/ramekin dishes and serve hot with a curry of your choice.