I once heard that the best way to discover a new way of making something is to have a kitchen disaster. I never fully believed this until the day i tried making vitumbua.
I got the Vitumbua recipe from Fauzia’s Kitchen Fun and I was so psyked to go try it. I followed the instructions to the letter (or so i thought) and i could not wait to eat the Vitumbuas. I should have known something was very wrong when my batter did not really rise but i ignored that sign, when i put the batter in the pan it did not rise like it should to form a mandazi like snack but it instead made a well risen pancake, and boy did they taste GREAT. I made too many any I ate some gave out some BUT after a few hours they had a funny taste i think from the yeast fermenting.
When I reread the recipe I figure out my mistake, I was using dry yeast I think instead of the instant (or something like that) and I needed to activate my yeast first by putting it in warm water and sugar which I did not so that was why my vitumbuas turned into pancakes and why the yeast tasted bitter later.
Good thing was, I now wanted to try and make pancakes using the same recipe. That idea stayed on my mind then one day as i was shopping for my Foodie Penpal I saw that they had rice flour at Nakumatt so I bought it and made this using a slightly different recipe as the original one from Fauzia used rice that you soaked and blended. The pancakes were to die for. I am sure you will love it.
Do you have any Kitchen distastes that became w discoveries for you???