Cassava Couscous (Attieke)

Originally from the Ivory Coast, fermented cassava couscous, or attieke, is a tangy alternative to wheat couscous. It has a slightly sour taste that goes well with your favorite savory and spicy dishes. It's an easy dish to make and is delicious the next day; just add a bit of water before reheating. It is a gluten-free way to enjoy couscous.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup minced yellow onion

  • ¼ cup minced carrot

  • ¼ cup minced celery

  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts

  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

  • 1 bay leaf

  • salt to taste

  • 1 (300 g) box attieke (cassava couscous)

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion, carrot, and celery until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Add peanuts, sesame seeds, bay leaf, and salt, stirring often. When the vegetables are tender and the seeds and peanuts have toasted, add the attieke, stirring constantly. Pour the water over the entire pan, distributing evenly.

  2. Cover and reduce the heat to medium, allowing the couscous to steam until it is moist and heated all the way through, about 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the cover and fold the couscous with a spatula. Do not stir, as this will mash the couscous, just use a folding maneuver to mix the ingredients from the bottom upwards and let the couscous breathe to help the water evaporate. Top with chopped cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

Boxed attieke can be found in African grocery stores or online.

Fresh or frozen attieke can also be used in this recipe, but cooking time should be reduced by 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

79 Calories
7g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 79
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 97mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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