Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca in coconut milk topped with trail mix

Tapioca pearls is derived from the starch of tubers of cassava. In Lagos , Nigeria, you’d usually find them in sold in very dried dehydrated clusters. It’s usually an off white colour.

Tapioca Pearls.

It consists of almost pure carbs and contains very little proteins, fibre or nutrients.

Tapioca is gluten free.

When it is cooked it becomes translucent gelatinous. It makes for a great breakfast meal.

Recently I learnt that Tapioca is a staple for people of the Brazilian quarters of Lagos (Read about the origins of Lagos here), the indigenous people. While preparing for the Wake keep of a dear friend’s mum, she mentioned that since her mum was from Lagos and Lagos Island to be precise, her funeral rites wouldn’t be complete without serving Tapioca to guests at some point. So they made coolers of Tapioca and guests lined up to get some at the Wake Service.

Tapioca Parfait (Tapioca, Chia Seeds, Pawpaw cubes, Avocado, Coconut Flakes)
Tapioca topped with coconut milk and Watermelon slices
Tapioca Parfait for a friend and I. That was our lunch

Tapioca topped with whipped cream


(serves 3 or 4)

  • 1 full cup of dried tapioca
  • 1 small coconut (You can use 2 or 3 tbsp dessicated coconut and 1/2 cup canned coconut milk instead)
  • Sugar (or Honey, Date syrup , sweetener )
  • Procedure

    • Rinse and soak Tapioca in 5parts water to 2 part tapioca overnight. You’ll be surprised at how much it would soak up all the water and double.
    • The next day strain your tapioca being careful not to get the sands in it too.
    • Break the coconut and for added coconut flavour save the water.
    • Grate the coconut with the large holes in your grater.
    • Divide into 2 parts. Extract the milk from one part using some warm water and sieve.
    • Put the extracted milk in a pot and warm on medium heat.
    • Add the other half of the grated coconut, add sugar and bring almost to boil, then add tapioca.
    • Keep stirring till it thickens like ogi or custard, you’ll notice, the tapioca become more translucent.
    Pictorial. l-r Soaked Tapioca Pearls, Coconut milk, dessicated coconut, cooked tapioca
    • Then turn off the heat,

    Serving idea.

    You can top it with evaportaed milk or coconut milk or cream, and serve with whatever you like e.g Akara, Moinmoin, Pound Cake, fruits or serve as a parfait.

    Tapioca Parfait. One of the jars has crushed cornflakes in it, can you tell which it is? (Tapioca, Chia Seeds,chopped Pawpaw,chopped Avocado, dehydrated coconut flakes, *crushed cornflakes)

    Tapioca topped with whipped cream

    This bowl looks really pretty.

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    Omolabake for #OunjeAladun

    Food should be an experience, one to be savored, explored, experimented with, played with and expressed. I hope I can take you on different parts of my journeys with food through Ounje Aladun. I'm Omolabake Bode-Matthew, a Foodie, Gardener, Entrepreneur ( I run a healthy beverage options company Fontaine De Vie), Mum, Wife, Lawyer by certificates lol, pretend art enthusiast, lover of good music, can't sing, can't dance... And I welcome you to my blog.

    3 thoughts on “Tapioca Pudding

    1. Hello
      Please I need an urgent response
      Could it be possible to ship tapioca
      Outside the country because I have
      A client needs it in bulk.
      thank you


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