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Oct 29, 2008 02:17 AM

Senegalese Millet Couscous?

Nearly 10 years ago, I studied abroad in Senegal, and just loved their millet couscous. Sadly, since returning to the US, I've never seen it again. I used to think everything was available online, but I can't find any source for buying it! And I couldn't even really tell you how it's made.

So, I'm wondering if anyone can help me:
Find a source for buying Senegalese millet couscous
and tell me how to cook it or direct me towards a good recipe??


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    1. I have never been to Senegal so I am not sure if this is what you are looking for, but here goes:

      To prepare cracked millet couscous - soak the grain in water for about an hour, then steam it for about 30 minutes. Fluff up with a fork and serve immediately.

      There is also a steamed millet African dish called Tiakri that includes sugar and buttermilk and you can find a recipe for that by searching "Tiakri (Steamed Millet Couscous)". Hope that helps!

      Oh, and I have my own way of steaming things that I made up since American kitchen utensils are not generally set up for steaming things like millet. What I do is use a large Chinese-style bamboo steamer or a steamer like they use in Thailand for steamed rice. Either method, I use a homemade cheesecloth which is actually made of cutouts from an old white cotton bed sheet sewn on the edges to prevent raveling. This helps keep the bamboo easier to clean after steaming, and the pieces of cloth are easy to clean as well. If the cloth gets anything stuck on it I put the cloth in one hand and with the other hand scrub it with soap and steel wool and it cleans quickly and easily.

      1. I’m researching millet couscous myself as my son is a celiac sufferer and can't eat semolina. Take a look at this Senegalese cookbook: Yolele! Recipes From the Heart of Senegal by Pierre Thiam.

        1. It's been a while since the original post-- has anyone seen millet couscous online? I too would love to order some.

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          1. re: Vetter

            Manic Organic of Australia has it.

            Address: Shop 1 / 409 - 411 Princes Highway Woonona NSW 2517

            Phone: (02) 42-859-875
            Fax: (02) 42-859-850


            1. re: Vetter

              Although I have technically not had "millet couscous," I think the OP was just referring to plain old millet. When millet is cooked fluffy style (if you add too much water, it will become creamy and pasty), it resembles couscous.

            2. You can find it on 116th St in NYC