Last Updated on July 8, 2018 by Chef Mireille
Caakiri – African Couscous Pudding – is a wonderful chilled summertime dessert that’s just sweet enough but not too rich.
Caakiri (also known as Thiakry or Degue depending on the country) is a popular dessert eaten throughout the countries of Northwest Africa like Angola, Cameroon and Senegal. Traditionally, it was made with millet however it is now more commonly made with couscous. It’s a popular street food and school children will often purchase this and eat it as they walk home.
This is wonderful for those who don’t go for cloyingly sweet desserts, with the tartness that comes from the yogurt and sour cream.
- 2 cups couscous (I used whole wheat couscous)
- 2 1/4 cups water (2 1/2 cups if using whole wheat couscous)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups Greek yogurt (I used 2% lowfat)
- 1 cup sour cream (I used light sour cream)
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons orange blossom water
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground, plus extra for garnish
- crushed pineapple, garnish (optional)
- golden raisins, garnish (optional)
Bring water and salt to a boil. Add couscous, cover tightly and turn off stove. Let sit for 15 minutes. With a fork, fluff couscous.
In a large bowl, combine yogurt, sour cream, milk, sugar, orange blossom water and nutmeg. Mix well.
Add couscous to yogurt combination and mix well.
To serve, spoon into bowl and sprinkle more nutmeg on top. Add optional garnishes, as desired.
Sweet and tart at the same time and deliciously creamy!
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oh wow pudding with cous cous ? an new recipe to do for me 🙂 looks super creamy and yummy dear 🙂 Book marked will try it some day 🙂
The consistency is so beautiful Loved to read about a new cuisine.
Pudding with couscous , never heard of it. We are learning so much in this BM . Lovely recipe ..
so unique and very aromatic and tangy… super delicious!!
This pudding look so divine, lots of flavorful ingredients you have which create lots of beauties. Simply love it.
The recipe surely sounds very exotic!..and by the looks must have been yummy..
wow its inviting and very new to me… lovely made..
Looks yummy. Never knew couscous could be made into dessert too.By the end of this Marathon we are going to learn lots of new cuisines and make some wonderful friends.
cous cous oh wow never had tried any recipe with it and never knew dessert can be made so good thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe.
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thanks Mir, this is a beautiful dish and i am back again learning new things from you
Am hearing this dish for the first time, cant wait to make this dessert..Sooooo creamy and delicious.
wow!!everytime i visit your blog, i learn something new. Which other millet can we use instead of couscous?
Such an interesting dish. Yogurt, sour cream and evaporated milk in the same dish.. Sounds creamy and delicious. Love that consistency 🙂
Mireille this sounds interesting I was wondering if we could try a Indian version of this..in fact the next time I get cous cous..will give this a try.
Looks very creamy and delicious. I love dishes with yogurt and this is a perfect dish to try…
Wow! that looks fabulous! Never made a dessert with couscous!
REally it looks very creamy.I am not a huge fan of sweet porridges but this looks very inviting…
Looks creamy & delicious..
looks so creamy mir! love all the ingredients that goes into the recipe 🙂
The dairy and the flavors that went to it must have made it a yummy dessert.