A Traditional Trinidad Paime in the Modern World

Paime is a traditional Trinidadian and Tobagonian dish that is typically enjoyed during the Christmas season. It is a sweet and wholesome recipe that is simple to make and incorporates a variety of delicious ingredients. One of the key components in this dish is cornmeal, which is used to create a dough that is rich in fiber and provides a hearty and satisfying texture.

To make paime, you start by mixing cornmeal with grated coconut, raisins, and grated pumpkin. The mixture is then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed until the dough is cooked through. The result is a flavorful and healthy dish that is perfect for sharing with family and friends during the holiday season. Whether you are looking for a new recipe to try or you are simply interested in exploring the rich culinary traditions of Trinidad and Tobago, paime is a dish that is well worth discovering.

paime

Prep Time: 20minutes 

Cook Time: 25minutes 

Total Time: 45minutes 

Course: Vegetarian

Cuisine: Caribbean

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

  1. Mix together all the ingredients and blend well.
  2. To prepare banana leaves: Wipe leaves with a clean cloth dipped in a weak solution of bleach and water.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 1/2 an hour.
  5. Cool, remove from wrapping and serve.

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Trinidad Paime

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Caribbean
Calories:
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 1/2 an hour.
  • Cool, remove from wrapping and serve.
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