I’ve travelled to Brazil thrice and think I was Brazilian in some lifetime. Rio de Janeiro feels like home and Confeiteria De Colombo is one of my favourite cafes in the whole world. I had assumed that brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian dessert, were only made with chocolate but discovered the coconut version at my best friend Jenai’s wedding and my mind was blown.

  • Makes 15 pieces, of 25 gm each
  • Cook Time



  • 200 gm condensed milk
  • 15 gm butter
  • 10 gm desiccated coconut
  • 50 gm more desiccated coconut, for coating


  1. Measure out the condensed milk, desiccated coconut and butter into a
  2. heavy-bottomed saucepan. It is best to use a non-stick pan to make sure the mixture does not get stuck to the bottom.
  3. Place the saucepan on a medium flame and stir the mixture continuously until it thickens and becomes shiny. It should also start pulling away from the bottom of the pan. Usually, this takes about 15 minutes.
  4. Take the pan off the heat and decant the mixture into another bowl. Leave it aside to cool for about 30 minutes.
  5. When the mixture is cool enough for you to handle, shape bits of it into round balls. Roll each ball in desiccated coconut to coat well.
  6. Chill the brigadeiro in the fridge before serving.
  7. These keep well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
Pooja Dhingra

Pooja Dhingra

Pooja Dhingra, the head chef and founder of Le15 Patisserie, is Scroll Food’s Chef of the Month for November. Armed with a degree in hospitality from Cesar Ritz Colleges, Switzerland, and a Patisserie Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Pooja returned home with the single goal of creating Parisian-style culinary experiences in India. Her success with Le15 Patisserie earned her the sobriquet ‘Macaron Queen of India’. Chef Pooja has been featured in national dailies and is a regular in fashion and lifestyle glossies not just for her abilities in the kitchen, but also as a dynamic businesswoman and inspiration to young women. She was selected by Forbes India for their ‘30 Under 30’ achievers list for 2014 and the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list.

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