How to make Jamaican Blue Draws

Blue Draws, Duckunoo or Tie-A-Leaf are the names that are given to this boiled pudding, which originated in West Africa.

This sweet treat is a starchy, green banana-based boiled pudding, which is predominantly enjoyed as a dessert. However, it can be incorporated as a snack.

It is suggested that once you start eating it, it will be hard to stop. Don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself!


1 1/2 cups green bananas, grated
1 cup coconut, shredded
2 cups sweet potatoes, grated (use a food processor for ease)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups coconut milk (2 coconut milk powder sachets)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon mixed spice


In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, mixed spice, shredded coconut and raisins

In a small bowl, add coconut milk, sugar and vanilla. Mix to combine

Add the coconut milk mixture to the cornmeal mixture and mix with a spoon until combined
Prepare 12 sheets of foil, 12″ X 8″

Using a standard ice-cream scoop, place a scoop of batter into the center of the foil sheets, and fold the foil around each scoop to form parcels

Place the parcels in pot enough boiling water to cover them completely

Cook on medium high heat for about an hour

Remove each parcel with tongs and place on a bowl.

Carefully unwrap each parcel over a few sheets of paper towels as some water may drip out
For the glaze: In a small bowl, add coconut milk, and confectioners sugar. Whisk until well combined and smooth. Add orange extract and combine.

Add glaze on top of each pudding once cooled



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