Canjica (Brazilian Hominy Pudding)


Canjica is a Brazilian pudding-like dessert that is typically served during Brazilian winter festivals, which are in June. You can use either dried hominy or the original product "Canjica de milho" in Latin or South American grocery stores.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 25 mins
10 servings


  • 1 pound dried hominy

  • 8 cups water

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste

  • 3 (2 inch) sticks cinnamon sticks

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish

  • 8 whole cloves

  • 1 ¾ cups freshly grated coconut


  1. Combine hominy and water in a large saucepan and soak 8 hours to overnight.

  2. The next day, bring soaked hominy and liquid to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until hominy is soft, about 1 hour. Add coconut milk, condensed milk, regular milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon sticks, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and cloves. Cook over low heat until mixture has thickened, about 15 minutes.

  3. Taste and sweeten with more sugar if needed. Stir in coconut. Ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

528 Calories
26g Fat
66g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 528
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 22g 109%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 200mg 15%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 447mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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