Blue Draws, Duckunoo, Tie a leaf

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Jamaica's Blue Draws


Blue Draws, Duckunoo, or Tie Leaf are the names that are given to this boiled pudding. This originated in West Africa. This is a starchy, green banana-based boiled pudding, which is enjoyed as a dessert, or you could use it as a snack. Once you start eating it though it can be hard to stop.

What you need:

  • 3 Cups Grated green Bananas
  • 1 Cup grated coconut
  • 2.5 cups grated sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

Mix all ingredients together. Place one cup mixture into quailed banana leaves (if you don't have banana leaves, use foil paper). Wrap and tie with string or banana bark. Put the small parcels into enough boiling water to cover, and cook for one hour. (Serves 8)

Or (the way my mother made it with cornmeal)

What you need

  • 1 pound cornmeal
  • 2 ounces white flour
  • 1/2 pound sugar shopping list
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 teasp. cinnamon powder
  • 1 hand full of raisins
  • 1 teasp. salt
  • 1 Tablesp. molasses
  • 2 teasps. vanilla
  • 2 and 1/2 cups coconut milk

How to do it:

Blend all dry ingredients & the grated coconut thoroughly. Mix together the coconut milk, vanilla & molasses; then add to dry ingredients, stirring briskly.

Place 1/2 cup of this mixture in center of banana leaf ( whatever wrapper you're using) & fold each side of wrapper to the center; overlapping so package will be waterproof; package should be a 6-inch square when wrapped. Tie twine around bundle in one direction & then tie another piece around in other direction (like a gift box). Repeat until all the batter is used up & you have 6 to 8 little packages.Boil these packages in very gently simmering water ( just enough water to cover) for about 40 minutes, or until filling feels firm to the touch.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 13:54  

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"Weh no kill, fatten." If you eat something that doesn’t kill you, it nourishes your body.