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Classic Mingau: Of Tapioca & Coconut Milk

by on April 12, 2017

Mingau, a place on the north eastern coast of Brazil, in Bahia

Mingua, a porridge of tapioca popularly eaten over Easter on Lagos island, Nigeria

Mingau, in literature, of Brazil mentions repeatedly, ‘a sweetened hot drink of tapioca, water, and milk.

Mingau is a porridge made from milled cassava, cooked in coconut milk and finished with a grating of fresh nutmeg. At it’s simplest. Its heritage is clear – brought by returnees at the end of slave trade, returnees who settled in Isale Eko, the ‘lowlands’ of Lagos. 


In the early days of ‘the return’, Mingau was prepared and eaten by both Muslims and Christians at Easter. I have a friend who testifies to this. I’m not sure how it became an Easter feature on Lagos Island but it is to this day.

Literature describes it as everything from thin gruel to infant food and ‘drink’. 





In Lagos, Nigeria it is cooked with coconut milk, bay leaves, cloves and sweetened with sugar. It’s so easy!

Here is my Mingau recipe. And yes, I have a few variations – next post though.

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Do you have any Mingau memories? or recipes? Please share. Thank you.