Sunday, March 8, 2009

Jamaican Rundun and ducuna

Caribbean food is as flavorful as the land and the people are. I have my own utopian version about these islands and the people that reside there (I love Naipal's books, you should try them if you have never read his books). I have had a lot of Caribbean food but I have never been to any of the islands (that will not be true after this Thursday, off to Puerto Rico, yippee!!). So I could not hold back my urge to make something caribbean especially since this month's MM theme is "Caribbean food" (hurrah!!). So I decided to make a Jamaican rundun and ducuna, a sweet dish from Antigua.

Jamaican Rundun

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup spring onions, chopped

2 small tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups carrots, thinly sliced (I used baby carrots)
1 1/2 cups beans, sliced diagonally

1 cup broccoli florets
6 green chillies, slit

1 tsp dried thyme
1 can coconut milk

1 tsp all spice, ground
salt and pepper to taste


Method
Saute the onions (inlcuding green onions), tomatoes until they are tender. Add the coconut milk and let it cook until the mixture thickens. Add the carrots, beans, green chillies, all spice, thyme, salt and pepper. Let it cook until the veggies are tender. Add the broccoli florets. Cook until all the veggies are tender. I also stirred in some cornstarch dissolved in water because my rundun seemed a little runny!

Ducuna

Ingredients

2 large sweet potatoes (I used the white sweet potatoes instead of the regular orange ones)
1/2 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I eye-balled this amount)

1 tsp all spice, ground
2 tbsp toasted almonds
2 tbsp raisins

Method
Grate the sweet potatoes and combine with the sugar. Let it sit for a while , this mixture starts to give out water (I left mine for about 15 min). Combine rest of the ingredients. I made 5 parts and spooned the mixture 5 parts individually in aluminum foil. Place the foil in boiling water, it takes about 45 min for it to cook. The mixture becomes hard. Enjoy it hot or cold. I love mine with a dollop of whipped cream.

Both these dishes were so easy to make, yet full of flavor. The Ducuna tastes like something very Indian and I cannot figure out what it is! But anyway you should try these, you will be surprised! We were...

2 comments:

  1. bith dishes are new to me! they look and sound exceptionally good. great you good make it to the mingle!

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  2. Thanks Meeta, I am glad too I could make it. This was before I saw the deadline was extended!!!

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