Senegalese Sombi

Learn How to Make a Tasty African-Senegalese Dessert

Sombi is a Senegalese rice pudding which is enjoyed any time of the year. You can have it cold as a summer treat or warm during the winter. Regardless of how you love your Sombi, the dish is one that never disappoints. Its taste is just irresistible. Today we are bringing Senegalese Sombi recipe right to your kitchen.

Before we get down to the recipe, let’s have a look at Senegalese dining culture.

Senegalese Dining Culture

Senegal is where culture and food intersect. The country is popular for its cultural diversity which is derived from its ethnic groups. Though the Cuisine resembles that of West Africa, it has France, Portugal and North Africa influence. From its language to culture, be prepared to experience a rainbow of African ways of life. Thanks to Arabic and French influence in the region, and particularly in Senegal.

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Food is an important part of Senegalese ceremonies and is used to bring the community together. Normally, meals comprise of one main dish of maize, rice or millet. In a traditional setting, food is served depending on age and gender. Men are the first to be served, followed by women and children.

Kids are taught dining etiquette at a tender age. Eating is done with the right hand. Only the left hand is used when holding fruit and peeling with the right hand. Eating on the streets is inappropriate.

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When people from the Western society visit Senegal, the French dining culture is followed.  

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Now, let us leave cultural matters there for today and switch our gear to our Sombi recipe. And below is what you need:


  1. 1 cup of coconut milk
  2. 2 cups white rice (medium-grained)
  3. 4 cups of water
  4. ½ cup brown sugar
  5. 1 &1/2 cups coconut cream
  6. Salt
  7. 3 tbsp cooking oil


  1. Add water and cooking oil in a cooking pot and bring it to boil. Wash, rinse your rice and add it to the pot and cook until its soft
  2. Add coconut milk, sugar and coconut cream in another separate cooking pot and boil them on medium-low heat. Keep stirring the mixture for about five minutes to avoid the sugar from sticking
  3. Transfer your rice to the coconut mixture and add salt. Cook it for another five minutes while stirring to ensure its evenly mixed
  4. Remove from the source of heat and refrigerate. Serve with chips
  5. If you love to enjoy it warm, you have to do away with the cream and replace its equivalent quantity with coconut milk

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