Ducana is a sweet potato dumpling. It is often served with salted cod and cooked spinach.  The salted cod dish doesn’t sound as good to me, so I just make the Ducana and the spinach.  To be honest the Ducana doesn’t sound that great as the main ingredients are sweet potato and coconut. However it seems to be the only traditional recipe I can find.

The recipe seems like it will be way to sweet. I cut it to 1 sweet potato, 1/2 cup non-sweetened coconut, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup raisins. Typically it is wrapped in banana leaves, but I find a recipe that does the wrapping it in tinfoil.


Boil it in water and it comes out.

The result is exactly what I thought, really sweet. The raisins are a nice counter balance, but it tastes way more like a dessert. I would have cut the sugar even more. I can see it being good with a salty spicy dish, but I don’t really like sweets and less so for dinner.






Original recipe can be found here

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 sweet potato, grated
  • 1  cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. With a large spoon, scoop the batter into the center of a tinfoil square then fold it ⅔ of the way, covering the mixture. Fold the top ⅓ of the foil over the mixture, making sure to pin the end of the batter so it doesn’t ooze out of the sides. Folded in each end to seal it all in.
  3. Repeat with remaining batter.
  4. Place packets in boiling water and cook for 30 minutes.


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