Jamaican Blue Drawers, Duckunoo, or Tie Leaf are the names that are given to this boiled pudding of West African origin. Jamaicans are very fond of this starchy, green banana-based boiled pudding, which is enjoyed as a snack or dessert.
Many people from different parts of the island use these names interchangeably when entertaining their guests or family members with this fare, whenever possible.
Since I am from the eastern side of Jamaica, these names are the only ones that I can remember being used to name this delicious treat.
And although these names were common, we were reluctant to use the "blue"name in front of adults, fearing we would be admonished to have manners and respect... because using the word ‘drawers,’ instead of Jamaican Blue Drawers, a slang for underwear, would not sound good to the decent people of the community.
How this word became synonymous with a boiled pudding is still a mystery to me.
I could speculate that ‘drawers’ are the banana leaf ties that are used to tie the prepared batter before it’s added to the boiling water, but that is just my guessing – honestly I don’t know why and how that name came about for Jamaican Blue Drawers and I've never checked.
With all that said, the taste is what we’re interested in…not history. Irie? Cool.
Another very important thing about Duckunoo, another name for Blue Drawers, is that it is traditionally made with the banana leaves as the exclusive binder. However if you live in a place where banana leaves are not available, what do you do? Or even if you live somewhere where there is an ample supply of banana leaves but you’re not able to get any immediately…use aluminum foil.
And that’s how we will make this ‘blue drawers’…yah mon!
Note: This recipe calls for grated green bananas and sweet potatoes…please remove the skins from the vegetables before you grate them.
Remove them from the aluminum sheets and serve as is or with ice cream. You can also eat them with a little honey and ground cinnamon.