Fool in Somalia Recipe - Delicious Mango and Egg Dessert

Fool in Somalia

Fool in Somalia Recipe - Delicious Mango and Egg Dessert
Region / culture: Somalia | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 4


Fool in Somalia
Fool in Somalia

Fool is a traditional Somali dessert that combines a creamy custard with sweet, ripe bananas. This simple yet delicious dish is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth after a savory meal.


Fool has been a popular dessert in Somalia for generations, with each family adding their own unique twist to the recipe. It is often served during special occasions and celebrations, bringing joy and sweetness to the table.


How to prepare

  1. To make the custard, start by heating the milk (or coconut milk) in a double boiler or saucepan over low heat. Be careful not to let it boil.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the half cup of sugar into the beaten eggs.
  3. Slowly add about a quarter of the heated milk to the egg-sugar mixture, while stirring continuously.
  4. Next, slowly stir the egg-sugar-milk mixture into the remaining heated milk.
  5. Continue cooking on low heat, stirring gently and continuously, until the mixture thickens into a custard.
  6. Spoon the custard into a clean bowl and place it in the refrigerator to cool.
  7. While the custard is cooling, prepare the fruit by bringing water and three tablespoons of sugar to a boil in a saucepan.
  8. Add the fruit pieces to the boiling mixture and reduce the heat. Cook until the fruit is tender, stirring occasionally. This usually takes about five to ten minutes.
  9. Once the fruit is cooked, mash it or press it through a sieve to achieve a smooth consistency.
  10. Transfer the mashed fruit into a clean bowl and place it in the refrigerator to cool.
  11. Gently fold together the cooled custard and fruit.
  12. Spoon the mixture into serving bowls.
  13. If desired, top with whipped cream.
  14. Serve immediately or refrigerate for no more than a day.


  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor.
  • Use different fruits such as mango or pineapple for a tropical twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to stir the custard mixture continuously to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

- Use ripe bananas for the best flavor and texture in this dish.

- Adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Fool as a dessert after a traditional Somali meal or as a sweet treat on its own.

Cooking Techniques

Use a double boiler to gently heat the milk for the custard.

- Mash or press the cooked fruit through a sieve for a smooth consistency.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use coconut milk instead of regular milk for a dairy-free version.

- Substitute honey or maple syrup for the sugar for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the custard and fruit mixture ahead of time and assemble just before serving for a quick and easy dessert.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Fool in elegant dessert bowls and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Fool with a cup of Somali tea or coffee for a delightful end to your meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Fool in the refrigerator for up to a day. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fool contains approximately 200 calories.


Each serving of Fool contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Fool contains approximately 8 grams of fats.


Each serving of Fool contains approximately 6 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Fool is a good source of vitamin C from the ripe bananas.


Fool contains dairy (milk and eggs) and may not be suitable for those with dairy allergies.


Fool is a creamy and sweet dessert that provides a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It is a delicious treat to enjoy in moderation.


Fool is a delightful Somali dessert that combines creamy custard with sweet bananas for a delicious treat. Enjoy this simple and satisfying dish with family and friends for a taste of Somali cuisine.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I knew it was something I had to try. It was given to me by a dear friend who had traveled to Somalia and had fallen in love with the flavors of their cuisine. She described it as a sweet and creamy dessert that was perfect for special occasions. I was intrigued and immediately set out to make it myself.

I gathered all the ingredients I needed: sugar, milk, cornstarch, cardamom, and rose water. The combination of flavors sounded exotic and enticing. I had never used rose water in my cooking before, but I was excited to try something new.

I started by mixing the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan over low heat. I slowly added the milk, stirring constantly to prevent any lumps from forming. The mixture began to thicken, and I could already smell the sweet aroma of the cardamom.

Next, I added a few drops of rose water. The scent was heavenly, like walking through a garden in full bloom. I let the mixture simmer for a few more minutes, until it had reached the perfect consistency. It was velvety smooth and fragrant, just as my friend had described.

I poured the mixture into individual serving bowls and let it cool in the refrigerator for a few hours. When it was time to serve, I sprinkled some ground cardamom on top for an extra touch of flavor.

As I took my first bite of Fool in Somalia, I was transported to a faraway land. The creamy texture melted in my mouth, and the fragrant spices danced on my tongue. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted before, and I was hooked.

I shared the recipe with my friends and family, and it quickly became a favorite at gatherings and celebrations. Everyone marveled at the exotic flavors and the smooth, luxurious texture of the dessert. It became a staple in my repertoire, a dish that I would make time and time again.

Over the years, I have made Fool in Somalia for countless occasions. It has become a symbol of my love for cooking and my passion for trying new and exciting recipes. Each time I make it, I am reminded of that first moment when I saw the recipe and knew that it was something special.

I may not have traveled to Somalia myself, but through this dish, I have been able to experience a taste of its vibrant culture and rich culinary traditions. It has opened my eyes to new flavors and ingredients, and has inspired me to continue exploring the world of international cuisine.

As I sit here, enjoying a bowl of Fool in Somalia, I am filled with gratitude for the friends who have shared their recipes with me and the experiences that have shaped my culinary journey. I may be just a grandmother in a small kitchen, but with each dish I create, I am connecting with a world of flavors and stories that enrich my life in ways I never could have imagined. And for that, I am truly grateful.


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