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Trinidad Paime

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Caribbean
Author: Felix (Simply Trini Cooking)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter or shortening
  • 2 cups grated coconut
  • 1 cup grated pumpkin
  • ¼ cup seedless raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • Wrapping:
  • Banana leaves
  • Cotton strings to tie

Instructions

  • Mix together all the ingredients and blend well.
  • To prepare banana leaves: Wipe leaves with a clean cloth dipped in a weak solution of bleach and water.
  • Quickly pass the leaves over a medium to low flame. Allow the leaf to get slightly dark, not to burn. Cut the leaves into squares (about 15-20 cm) and set aside.
  • Grease a square leaf and place 2 tablespoon of the mixture in the center. Flatten a bit. Fold over leaves and tie securely. Boil in hot water for about ½ an hour.
  • Cool, remove from wrapping and serve.