Tamalitos / Ducunu Recipe

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 Spanish speaking locals in Belize call this next dish “tamalitos” while the Creole population call it “ducunu”. While this dish is labor intensive, it will leave you and your family wanting more. Tamalitos are made solely of corn and are rich in flavor. And while Ducunu requires ample time for preparation, here are some quick easy steps to follow to getting it done.

YOU WILL NEED:

8 full ears of corn (grated or ground)

1 dessert spoon margarine 10ml

1 large onion

1/4 cup thick coconut milk 125ml

2 tsps baking powder 10ml

1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

*Cut ends of corn.
*Peel off husk and silk. Leave the large husk to wrap ducunu.
*Grate or grind corn.
*Melt margarine (low heat). Add melted margarine, salt and baking powder to corn.
*Add milk and mix well until all ingredients are evenly coated.
*Place a couple corn cobs and 2-3 husks in pot to balance ducunu.

*Add water and bring to a boil.
*Scoop one large tablespoon corn mixture in each corn husk. Fold over and set between cobs in boiling water.

*Boil for 20-30 minutes

*Recommended to serve with stew chicken or any other meat of choice!

A great pairing for Ducunu is Hot Mama’s  sweet pepper sauce or habanero pepper sauce. Happy eating!

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