Paime (Payme)

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A sweet cornmeal pie, filled with flavorful spices, rolled up in a banana leaf and steamed to perfection. This recipe will take you back to a Caribbean Christmas. Also known as conkie, tie-a-leaf, duckoono, blue drawers or boyo. #caribbeanfood #christmas #islandfood


  • 3 cups cornmeal
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup grated pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups grated coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Non Edible Items Needed

  • Fig leaves or foil 
  • Twine for tying leaves


  1. Mix grated pumpkin and coconut with rest of ingredients (to a thick consistency adding a little water if necessary)
  2. Wipe leaves then cut them into 6″ squares (if just using foil, cut them into 6″ pieces)
  3. Dip leaves in hot water to make them pliable (Skip if using foil)
  4. Add a spoonful of mixture onto each leave and tie into a parcel using twine
  5. Add to boiling water and boil for about 30 – 40 minutes

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