Hello blog family,
So my 9th dessert recipe for you is a pudding recipe I made using cassava flakes a.k.a garri. You might be wondering how I came about this idea, I’ll be glad to let you know in as few words as possible. Don’t ask me why, but on a particular day my former boss wanted to eat eba and okro soup at work. I thought I explained the eba-making procedure to her properly, only to find out that she had put so much water for a very little quantity of garri – the flakes were literally swimming for joy.
In our optimisim, we put the pot in the fridge, hoping that the garri would eventually solidify once it had cooled down. However, we ended up getting something that looked more like jelly and nothing like eba. Voila, that was how I got the idea, it’s true that disappointments are sometimes blessings in disguise.
Eversince that day, I’ve made garri pudding in different ways; with spices, cream, coconut milk, fruits etc. I have served it on a number of occasions to friends who thoroughly enjoyed it but had no idea that they were having garri as dessert. You should have seen the look on their faces when I told them. The picture below features a plate I made for guests with cream, spices, and fruits.
So, it wasn’t difficult for me to suggest this recipe to you, seeing that it has worked out just fine for me.By the way, if you’re still struggling with the idea of having garri as dessert, I will be eager to inform you that people in the Caribbean Islands actually use garri/cassava to make cake recipes; they call it “cassava pone” and actually use garri as you would use flour in baking cakes. So If you’re now less apprehensive, why don’t you try my chocolate cassava pudding for yourself. You won’t regret it.
Here we go
Serves: 3 – 4
Recipe level: Easy
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Meal type: Pudding, Dessert
Meal time: Anytime
Chocolate Cassava Pudding Recipe
- 1/2 cup dried cassava flakes/garri
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 tablespoon of dry cocoa powder
- 4-6 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg ,optional
- Whipped cherry tomatoes cream or cream cheese for topping, optional
- Chopped fruits, for topping
- Combine milk and water in a medium pot on medium heat; bring to a steady boil.
- Take pot of stove; slowly pour in the cassava flakes, stirring constantly to prevent lump formation.
- Put mixture back on stove; cook on medium heat for another 10 to 15 minutes. Stir as often as possible to prevent burning. (It’s ready once it takes on a jelly like consistency).
- Pour pudding into a dessert bowl and let cool in fridge for 10 minutes.
- Top with cream cheese or whipped cream and your favorite fruits and serve.