Leftover Crispy Fried Sannas

By Published On: 2 Jan '23Last Updated: 14 Apr '24

A fantastic recipe on Boxing Day for the leftover sannas is to transform them into Leftover Crispy Fried Sannas. I promise you will get through a few sannas from your fridge!

Leftover Crispy Fried Sannas


Farewell to the old year! Welcome to the new!

Here's to a happier, better new year and may 2023 be a very good year for each of you. Thank you for following on and being a part of my life over the last two years.

Mummy, can I have some Leftover Crispy Fried Sannas?

What do you do when leftover sanna fear strikes you after the big day? Convinced that the recipe on hand won't be enough, some strange impulse forces our hands upwards into doubling the recipe, resulting in making a load more than we need. No one goes hungry that's for sure, but there is inevitably a substantial amount of sannas left, after everyone has done their best to eat their fill.

This is no bad thing - after all, the week after Christmas won't be the same without leftover sannas to mop up the remaining Sorpotel or Indad. I have a tasty recipe to kick off the new year with my leftover sannas. This is a recipe that my mother used to make and I have made for decades. My son asks for them every year on Boxing Day and it is almost a festive tradition to have them for breakfast in the week following Christmas!

My leftover Crispy Fried Sannas is a delicious way of using the remaining sannas at this time of the year, plus for me, it makes the breakfast and lunch times stress-free for the remainder of the Christmas week. Use this recipe as a baseline and you may adapt my recipe to your liking eg., you may sprinkle some sugar just before serving sannas, if your teens and young ones like them sweet!

Mangalore Sannas fresh from the steamer

why crispy sannas?

It's no doubt that when I set out to make sannas for Christmas, I aim at making them soft and feel truly elated when they turn out soft and bouncy. My family is full of praise when they dunk them in my Mangalorean Christmas Special Pork Indad and they absorb all the curry, making every mouthful even more delicious!

I distribute some sannas to some of my close friends who love sannas, however, I keep some for our use during the week following Christmas so I have easy options for quick breakfasts or lunches or snacks, particularly for my son who craves for these Leftover Crispy fried Sannas after every Christmas.

Frying the leftover sannas is an inventive way of putting them centre stage before they go stale. They crisp up easily as they have been in the fridge for a couple of days before Christmas.

Left over sannas make a stylish breakfast on the Boxing Day or the whole week following Christmas! Some our guests who visit us after the big day, swear that these crispy sannas are delicate and oozing with flavour from ghee (clarified butter). What's even better is that breakfast can be knocked together in under 15 minutes and transforms the sannas into something pretty special. And for me, they are nostalgic!

how to crisp up sannas?

  • Heat a heavy-based non-stick frying pan on medium heat.
  • Grease the base with ghee.
  • Halve the sannas.
  • Brush the top and the bottom of the halved sannas generously with ghee.
  • Place half the sliced sannas on the heated pan. Fry for 3 minutes on one side or until golden and crispy.
  • Flip and fry for 3 minutes or until golden and crispy.
Leftover Crispy Fried Sannas

serving suggestions

  • Serve them immediately with tea, coffee, filter coffee, Masala Coffee or Masala Tea for breakfast
  • Serve hot on their own as a mid-morning snack or lunch
  • Serve hot for afternoon tea
  • Sprinkle them with sugar just before serving, if your guests love them with sugar
  • Have them crispy for dinner with your favourite vegetarian or meat based soup

If you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear your feedback. Please be sure to rate the recipe and/or leave a comment below. If you want to see more recipe inspirations, you can follow me on Instagram @lavina_mendonsa.


Catherine Lavina Mendonsa
A really tasty recipe to use the leftover sannas after Christmas and I promise you will get through a few sannas from your fridge!  Crispy, flavoursome and deliciously festive!!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Afternoon tea, All day snack, Breakfast, Morning Tea
Cuisine Goan, Indian, Mangalorean
Servings 2 people


  • 8 leftover sannas
  • 3 tbsp. melted ghee or oil plus 1 tbsp. extra to grease the frying pan


  • Halve the sannas horizontally using a sharp knife.
  • Brush each half with ghee or oil.
  • Heat a large non-stick frying pan on medium. Lightly grease the pan with ghee/oil, reserving some for the next batch.
  • Add half the sliced sannas. Fry one side for 3 minutes or until golden and crispy on the bottom. Add a little of the reserved ghee if the pan starts to smoke.
  • Flip and fry the other side for 3 minutes or until golden and crispy.
  • Serve immediately with Masala Coffee or tea. Also delicious served on their own!
Keyword Christmas, Christmas Breakfast, crispy, Festive Sannas, Sannas, Steamed Rice and Lentil Cakes
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