Cassava Couscous AKA Attieke (Gluten Free, Vegan, Product of Ivory Coast)

Nayama Attieke Cassava Couscous

Nayama Attieke Cassava Couscous

I discovered Attieke Cassava Couscous ($3.99) at an African market in Atlanta called Gold Coast. It’s a staple all over West Africa including Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Congo. The brand pictured, Nayama is from Ivory Coast. It looks almost identical to regular wheat based couscous and when hydrated grows to a similar size. Attieke is fermented cassava, as such it does have a mildly sour smell which disappears when cooked. It’s a gluten free food and is labeled so.

Many like to add lemon to regular couscous. Do not add that to attieke. Because it’s fermented it already has a natural lemony, slightly sour taste which works deliciously with basic seasoning. Since it was new to me I only threw in salt, pepper and garlic. To add color and texture I threw in veggies and chickpeas. The recipe below if skipping the stew is gluten free and vegan.

Veggies Chopped for Couscous

Veggies Chopped for Couscous

The overall flavor is great, maybe even better than wheat based couscous. See below for cooking instructions. In the next post, I’ll write about the traditional chicken stew, called kidjenou often eaten with it in Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire). Have you tried this food before? What did you think? What did you eat with it?

5 oz Attieke Couscous ~ 150 grams (Roughly half the box)
2 stalks green / spring onions, chopped
½ onion, chopped
1 plum tomato, chopped
1/3 bell pepper, diced
1 small carrot, grated
1.5 cups (12oz) chickpeas, drained
4 cloves garlic, chopped
salt to taste
pepper to taste


The box has instructions for microwave (mine is kaput) or steamed (don’t have a steamer). In searching around I found that it can be prepared with boiled water. Per this link, the ratio should be 2:1 water to attieke. The water was brought to a boil, shutoff, then the grain was added and covered. I kept it covered for about 10 minutes.

In a separate pan, add oil and all ingredients except attieke. Cook on medium low for 5-7 minutes until onions begin to turn translucent. Now mix in couscous until the ratio looks good.

Attieke with Kedjenou

Attieke with Kedjenou


6 comments on “Cassava Couscous AKA Attieke (Gluten Free, Vegan, Product of Ivory Coast)

  1. […] leftover attieke, the fermented cassava couscous. I previously posted about attieke as couscous here  and accompanying stew […]

  2. […] Sep 17, 2012 … Also like fresh cassava—a vegetable used to make some of the world's gooier foods, such as tapioca pudding—attieke is both starchy and … Cassava Couscous AKA Attieke (Gluten Free, Vegan, Product of … […]

  3. […] Cassava Couscous (Gluten Free, Vegan) […]

  4. […] I don’t like to waste food, but when finishing the meal, about half the dumpling was left on my plate (as opposed to finished bowl of okra). Without anything to compare it to, I can’t say how this place compares with others. It was a unique experience. I will absolutely go back but next time, I’ll try out attieke. […]

  5. Wow… Am so impressed how amazing Attieke can be known to the other side of the world.
    This has been my growing up meals, with kedjenou sometimes with fish stew, or grilled or fried… Hmmmmm, now am half craving the original fresh made as living far from home;mostly what we get here is old.
    I miss my CI.

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