Darasa (Green Banana Tamales)
These banana tamales are a traditional Garifuna snack. This recipe first appeared in our November 2012 issue along with Betsy Andrews's story Cassava Nation.
Enlarge Image Credit: Penny De Los SantosSERVES 6
INGREDIENTS7 slightly green bananas, peeled and grated
½ cup coconut milk
¼ cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1½ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
6 (9"-square) banana leaves or parchment paper, for wrapping (available at Grocerythai.com)
INSTRUCTIONS1. Stir together bananas, coconut milk, both juices, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Place a scant ¾ cup banana mixture in the center of each banana leaf. Fold the sides over filling, and then fold the open ends under to form 5" x 3" packets; set aside.
2. Bring 2" water to a boil in an 8-qt. saucepan fitted with a steamer basket over medium-high heat. Place packets in steamer, stacking if necessary, and cover; cook until banana mixture is firm, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.