MENGAU (Tapioca)- A creamy Coconut Pudding


Holla!!! From my Mama’s Kitchen….

Easter is almost here and remember to try the Good Friday recipe  which is still on the blog click here.

Today’s focus is on  this delicious pudding known as Mengau which  is a creamy coconut pudding. It is a native Brazilian dish made from Cassava.

My mama makes this pudding in a heart beat. My love for this dish is deep and I have always called it mengau though most people call it Tapioca…

Tapioca is actually the Starch extracted from Cassava roots and when it is cooked in coconut milk and sugar it is then called “Mengau”.

For those that know this pudding , join the conversation and for those that don’t; welcome to the conversation and this recipe is just for you…..

Okay then let’s get to it..




1). Tapioca Granules or Pearls. 1 cup     tapioca granules


2) Coconut Milk. 1 can


3) Granulated Sugar. 1/2  cup       sugar




5) Cinamon powder . 1 teaspoon            cinamon


                                      METHODS &PREPARATION.


Soak the Tapioca in Water until it softens.

pour in just enough water to cover the raw Tapioca.


Boil the Coconut Milk in a pot. see methods for extracting coconut milk from a whole coconut Here.

Alternatively, you could buy a can of coconut Milk from your preferred Grocery Store. The brand you use is completely up to you.


Add Sugar to the Coconut Milk Boil. You could use Granulated Sugar or Cubes of Sugar. Again, this is completely up to you.  Add enough Sugar to taste and if you are a sweet tooth like my brother then you’d add  even more sugar to make it sweeter.

The healthy option would be to replace sugar with Honey.


Add the Cloves and cinamon. (this adds flavour to the pudding)


Now pour the Tapioca into the coconut milk boil stir and cook for about 15-20 minutes.

The Mengau should be thick at this stage .


What do you know , its all done and ready to be served. I told you this was easy.

If it looks  anything like the photo in this post then well done…. and if it does not its the first of many trials… don’t give up…..

Mengau could be enjoyed with evaporated milk (I like the peak brand) , you can  also jazz it up with any kind of fresh fruits you like.  Add strawberries, mangos,  bananas, apples, lime juice…whatever tickles your fancy basically.  you could even garnish your pudding with chocolate shavings.

This Pudding could be eaten as Breakfast or dinner, it could also be enjoyed as a dessert (hence the toppings and chocolate shavings)….

I’d love to know how it goes so be sure to share Food Lovers… So let’s get Cooking….



Remember to stir the pudding whilst cooking. It is okay if the bottom of the pudding sticks to the pot. Starchy foods tend to do that. be sure you don’t burn your pudding. you could turn down the heat on the stove if it is too hot…






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