19th April 2024

Ponsache Sanna Jackfruit Dumplings

Sanna is a rice dumpling prepared by Goans and Mangaloreans. The plain sanna (see here) is used like a bread to eat your favourite dish. You can make many variations. When the sanna is made with jaggery , it serves as a sweet snack. Similarly, the Ponsache Sanna Jackfruit Dumplings are made with the seasonal jackfruit fruit and can be enjoyed as a tea time snack. You can serve it hot or cold and it just tastes yummy. Also, these do not require yeast or toddy to prepare the batter.

Yield: 8 to 10 Pieces

Prep. Time: 15 Mins. + 2 hrs. (soaking) + 2 hrs. (standing)

Cooking Time: 12 to 15 Mins.


[Standard Measure – 1 cup = 200 ml.]

  • White Rice (pref. Sona Masuri] – 1 cup
  • Jackfruit Kernels [Gores] (deseeded) – 20 medium
  • Coconut (semi-ripe, grated) – 1 cup
  • Sugarcane Jaggery (powder or grated) – 6 tbsp. or to taste
  • Salt – ½ tsp. or to taste.

Step 1:     Wash the rice thoroughly and soak for 2 to 3 hours.

Step 2:     After the rice is done soaking, drain it and grind it coarsely with ¼ cup water (the rice should be of a coarse texture like rawa [semolina]) Transfer to a bowl and keep aside.

Step 3:     Grind the coconut along with ½ tsp. salt for 1 to 2 pulses (yes, we want to leave the coconut coarse too). Transfer the coconut into the bowl containing the ground rice and mix well.

Step 4:     Grind the deseeded jackfruit kernels to a smooth puree. Add this puree to the rice-coconut mixture and mix.

Step 5:     Add the jaggery and mix well. Leave aside for 1 ½ to 2 hours (the batter should be thick but should drop off the spoon).

Step 6:     Meanwhile place a steamer on heat with water and let the steam build up.

Step 7:     Grease 8 to 10 small vattis / moulds with ghee. Pour the batter into the moulds and steam for 12 to 15 minutes or till done (pierce the sannas with a tooth pick to check if done, the toothpick should come clean).


  • I’ve used the hard variety (kappa) of jackfruit.
  • Don’t steam for too long as the sannas will turn hard and dry.


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