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Ducana: Sweet Taste of Island Life

June 18, 2010

Sweet, sweet dumplings. One of the world’s most comforting and beloved dishes. Ducana is one of Antigua and Barbuda’s national dishes. It is a warm, soft, comforting pillow of sweetness.

Nearly every country has a special dumpling. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we resolved our world conflicts by sharing food and celebrating all we have in common and all that makes us unique?

Ducana is a pretty simple dish to make.  Add raisins or a dollop of butter, if you like.  Serve with a little pineapple vinegar or hot sauce.  I love the combination of sweet and savory.


Makes about 16

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and grated

1/2 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon fresh coconut milk (optional)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

sea salt

freshly ground pepper

Place a large pot of water on to boil.

Add the grated sweet potato and sugar to a large mixing bowl.  Combine and allow the mixture to rest for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg , and coconut milk.  Work the ducana mixture gently with your hands.

Ducana Packets

Form the mixture into individual dumplings about the size of a large, fat ravioli.  Wrap each ducana securely in aluminum foil.  Be sure all the sides and ends are closed.  Place the ducana packets in the pot and gently boil for 15 minutes.

Remove from the water, unwrap,dust with cinnamon,  and serve.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. foruharu permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:04 am

    Thank You! =)

  2. michael plaskett permalink
    March 26, 2013 2:47 pm

    the ones i have had are grey in color and are not wrapped in foil
    i believe a white flesh sweet potato is used
    i used to eat these with salt fish and provision for lunch once a week

  3. karen permalink
    February 12, 2014 9:18 pm

    How do you make the ducana.solid an not fall part I boiled it for awhile but seems as taken while to harden

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