Darasa
Darasa—banana tamales—are a traditional Garifuna snack. Penny De Los Santos
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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.

Darasa (Green Banana Tamales) Darasa (Green Banana Tamales)
These banana tamales are a traditional Garifuna snack.
Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

  • 7 slightly green bananas, peeled and grated
  • 12 cup coconut milk
  • 14 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 12 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 (9″-square) banana leaves or parchment paper, for wrapping (available at Grocerythai.com)

Instructions

  1. 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.

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