The Proven Platter – Democratic Republic of the Congo, August 2022

Caakiri is a simple but delicious couscous pudding that comes together quickly. It was originally made with native grains such as millet or maize and occasionally beans but now is most commonly made with couscous. It is best served fresh with your favorite fruit.



2 c water
2 c couscous
1Tb butter
¼ tsp salt
2 c plain yogurt
1 c sour cream
1 c sweetened condensed milk (or 1 c evaporated milk and ½ c sugar)
1 Tb orange blossom water (or 1 tsp orange essence)
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon


Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add couscous, butter, and salt. Stir, remove from heat and cover. While the couscous is cooling, mix the other ingredients. Stir cooled couscous into yogurt mixture. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and fresh cut fruit.


Recipe and photo credit: Georgia Reader