West Afrikan millet (which is a brown color)
soy yogourt (strawberry flavor is best)
1 box of almond milk
agave syrup or maple syrup
For about half of the millet in a medium sized bowl as you are doing this put on some water to boil in a pot on high heat. wait until the water comes to a rolling boil. then turn off the stove and pour the hot water over the millet until it covers the top of the millet about 1/4 of the way, do not put too much water.cover the bowl with aluminum foil or with a pot cover so that there is no opening. let it sit for 5-10 mins. then after this take a fork and fluff out the millet until it is like rice. taste a little bit to see if it is soft, if not cover it for a few more mins. then take the almond milk and pour some of it in the bowl until the millet becomes dampened by the almond milk, cover it again for 2-5 mins. after this, fluff it out again. now when you open the foil or take off the pot cover, you will have your thiakry!! take some of the millet with a scoop like spoon and put it into your individual bowl(s), add some agave syrup to your taste, add some more almond milk until it covers the millet about 3/4 of the way, and then add your yogourt as well and ENJOY! this is a dish that is indigenous to Senegal and Ivory Coast that is usually used as a dessert but i serve it as a breakfast cereal. my Son LOVES it and so does the rest of my extended family! so try it for a breakfast meal and TRUST ME you will not regret it.
*in order to make this dish truly indigenous check out if you have any Senegalese stores in your area, and ask them for THIAKRY millet. this is a specific type of millet that is used for this dish, you cannot use ANY type of millet to make thiakry. and if you do not have Senegalese stores in your area then go to other West Afrikan stores and ask if they carry it. i just discovered this dish recently because a new Senegalese store just opened about 20 mins from my house by bus. i spoke to the store owner and he told me step by step how to make this dish. since then i have been preparing it as often as i can for breakfast. also, it is better to use flavoured soy yogourt for this dish than the regular vanilla flavour. and if you do not have ANY Afrikan stores in your area go to www.afroleck.com, this is the site of the store here in the city that i live and you can buy any of their produce by PAYPAL online. the whole site is in french tho’ so click on « Cereales » scroll down and you will find THIAKRY-DEGUE. TO ORDER press on « Enregistrez vous » to create an account then when your account is made click on « ajouter au panier » and then on « commander ». when you try this dish please tell me how you like it.
You can also make your own soy yogourt with these ingredients:
Silken tofu (firm)
fresh organic strawberries (you can also use kiwis or peaches)
agave nectar or maple syrup
1/4 cup almond milk
In a blender combine the silken tofu, the amount of strawberries you want to use (i use about 10), a spoonful and a half of agave nectar (or maple syrup) and the 1/4 cup of almond milk. put the blender on high. make sure all the ingredients have been well blended. the mixture should appear like a smooth paste, but with a thick texture. now you have your yogourt. put it in a plastic container and use with your thiakry breakfast cereal or with any other dish you want. Stay Blacktastically Healthy Afrikans!
Passion Fruit Pudding Cake
- 2 fresh passion fruit sub ¼ cup passion fruit
- ¼ cup passion fruit puree
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs separated
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- ¾ cup whole milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon/Lime Juice
- 1 Tablespoon lime Zest
- 1 Tablespoon rum optional
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease a 2 quart oven safe dish (ceramic, glass,Pyrex custard cups) or 8 “4 “ounce ramekins generously with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 2/3 granulated sugar, salt and flour. Set aside.
In a Large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, butter, milk, rum, lime zest, lime juice and passion fruit puree, and pulp until fully combined.
Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and whisk to just combine.
Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites for about a minute then add sugar and continue mixing on medium-high until stiff peaks form, this may take about 2-3 more minutes.
Using a spatula carefully fold in ¼ of the egg whites mixture, and then fold in the remaining until well incorporated.
Pour the batter into a buttered baking dish, place in the large baking or roasting pan, then carefully pour hot water into the baking pan to come half-way up the sides of ramekins, or casserole dish. Bake until the top of the cake or cakes turn light golden and puff slightly (do a test with your finger a finger, they should feel spongy and spring back a bit but hold a shallow indentation, 25 to 30 minutes.
Let the cake cool to room temperature . Refrigerate for about 2 or more hours before serving or up to 24 hours.
- If you want some sauce at the bottom of the cake you have got to use a water bath. The water bath should be a baking / roasting pan that is larger than whatever you are baking the cake in(ramekins, casseroles or baking dish)
- The water level usually determines the creamy layer at the bottom of the dish- middle of the casserole is a good place start.
- Be sure that the water you pour into the outer pan is hot, and, to be on the safe side, put the pan inside the oven before you pour the hot water into it.
- This cake can be made ahead of time, up to 4 hours refrigerate and then baked when ready.
- Sub passion fruit puree with mango puree, pineapple or just use lemon juice.
Whisk Egg Whites and Sugar until soft peaks Form about 3-5 minutes
Whisk together the egg yolks, butter, milk, rum, lime zest and passion fruit puree, and pulp until fully combined
Combination fo egg white mixture and other egg yolk mixture
Pour the batter into a buttered baking dish, place in the large baking or roasting pan, then carefully pour hot water into the baking pan to come half-way up the sides of ramekins, or casserole dish.
Vitumbua ( Coconut Rice Pancakes)
- 2 cups rice
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 1 cup canned coconut milk slightly warmed
- 2-3 tablespoon coconut flakes optional
- ½ -1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ – 1-cup sugar brown, white or coconut sugar (I used coconut sugar)
- 1 teaspoon Spice Cardamom, nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cans coconut
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Soak 2 cups of rice in a large bowl and let it soften, this might take 4 hours or more, preferably overnight.
Drain the water completely and add in a food processor or blender together with coconut milk, flakes, spices, sugar, salt and yeast. Blend until puree, you might have to do this in batches depending on your blender- make sure you pause in between and check for smoothness.
Pour in a large bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm area until doubled in size or when you see bubbles forming.
Heat a vitumbua, or fry pan on medium heat, add about a ½ or more teaspoon of oil, and brush the holes with the oil.
Make sure pan is warm enough before adding batter about ¾ full. Cook for about 2 -3 minutes on each side, then quickly flip using chopstick. Continue cooking on the other side and repeat this process until all the batter is finished.
Let it cool slightly and enjoy with chai or caramel dipping sauce.
Bring the coconut milk and brown sugar to a boil together in a heavy-bottomed pot or skillet. Reduce heat to medium low; cook and stir frequently until the mixture is thick and the volume has reduced by about half, about 20 minutes or more.
Mango and Pineapple Chutney
- 2-3 large mangoes peeled and chopped or 2 -3 cups pineapple chunks
- 1 teaspoons fresh ginger finely minced
- ½ cup chopped onions
- ½ teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 medium Jalapenos pepper diced
- 1/3 red bell pepper diced
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon/nutmeg
- Salt to taste optional
- ½ cup sugar granulated, coconut, brown or combination
- ½ cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
Combine mangoes, ginger, garlic, onions, Jalapenos, bell pepper, spices, sugar and vinegar in a large stainless steel sauce- pan. Bring to a boil,then cook, uncovered for about 20 minutes or more, until tender and the sauce thickens.
Remove let it cool, refrigerate and start using- with last more than a month in the fridge, covered