Coconut Degue

If you’ve not heard of Degue: it is a yogurt-and-cereal-grains-based West African dessert/snack. Traditionally, Degue is made with pearl millet; however, the couscous grains version is also very popular. In this recipe I mixed both the grains in my ‘fancy’ yogurt and added grated coconut. The bomb. I can’t believe I never thought about doing it before. Tested, approved, so now you also can give it a try.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups yogurt
  • 3 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup dried millet grains
  •  3 cups vanilla milk/cream (I use Nestle Coffee Mate)
  •  1/3 cup condensed milk (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut

Tools

  • Large bowl
  • Microwavable soup bowl
  • Spatula
  • Microwave

Directions

Part 1.a : Prepare the millet grains

  • In the soup bowl, mix the dried millet grains into 1/2 cup of water
  • Allow the grains to absorb part of the water; about 5 min
  • Place in the microwave for ~5min and allow to cook/soften
  • Set aside and allow to cool down

 

Part 1.b : Prepare the couscous grains

  • In the soup bowl, mix the couscous grain into 1/2 cup of water
  • Allow the grains to absorb part of the water; about 5 min
  • Place in the microwave for ~5min and allow to cook/soften
  • Set aside and allow to cool down

 

Part 2 : Prepare the yogurt mixture

  • Mix the yogurt and sour cream in a large bowl
  • Add in the condensed milk and vanilla cream, mix, while making sure to get all the lumps

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Part 3 : Finish the Degue

  • Once the grains in parts 1.a and 1.b have cooled down completely, add them into the yogurt mixture from part 2
  • Add the grated coconut
  • Add nutmeg and vanilla extract
  • Mix everything
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

  • You can use anything between 2-3 cups of vanilla cream, depending on how thick you prefer your Degue to be
  • The vanilla and nutmeg are optional if you’re not into any of them, but if you don’t mind either or, I highly recommend both and especially the nutmeg
  • You could also do a mix of condensed milk and sugar. I find the condensed milk does it for me but if you want it sweet you can add more condensed milk or do both condensed milk and sugar
  • You could use other milk flavors instead of vanilla cream. Something like almond milk or coconut milk is a good replacement
  • You can add some fresh fruits or dried raisins if you’d like. I personally am not a fan of raisins
  • Feel free to use either pearl millet or couscous in this recipe. It does not have to be both. I would use 1 cup instead of 1/2 cup when using only one of the grains.

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