The Tapioca Couscous with Coco (Cuscuz de tapioca)

The tapioca couscous is a Brazilian dish of Bahian origin based on the traditional Arabic North-African couscous which was brought over by the Portuguese. Tapioca Couscous is based on cassava starch and coconut as the main ingredients, cassava is also known as tapioca which was introduced to the world by the indigenous peoples. The dish is also known as white couscous or tapioca pudding and it can be a dessert or a savory side dish.

Yield: 8-10 servings
Refrigerate: 3 hours
Total time:

Recipe for Tapioca Couscous

* 4 cups (1 liter) milk
* 3/4 cup coconut milk
* 2 cups packed grated coconut (about 1 fresh coconut),
* 3 and 1/2 cups (or 500 grams) of tapioca
* 2 cups of sugar
* 1/2 cup condensed milk


1) In a bowl, mix well three quarters of the grated coconut, the tapioca and all the sugar. Reserve for later.

2) Next, mix the milk with the coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil: turn the heat off as soon as this milk mixture starts to boil.

3) Let the content of the saucepan cool down slightly. Mix the hot milk with all the remaining ingredients and pour to a high walled square dish. Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand for about 30 minutes.

4) Sprinkle the remaining coconut over and leave in the refrigerator for about three hours. When ready to serve, place a piece of tapioca couscous on a plate, then decorate with a little bit of condensed milk…

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