Jamaican Dukunnu (Tie-A-Leaf, Blue Drawers)

By: Chef Simone Walker-Barrett

Also known as Tie-A-Leaf and Blue Drawers, Jamaican Dukunnu is a popular dessert that is enjoyed year-round on the island.  

Here’s how you can make it in the comfort of your own home!





  • 1 cup grated sweet potato
  • 1 cup grated banana
  • 1  cup grated pumpkin
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg grated 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 table spoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup rum soaked raisin 
  • 6 pieces of 8*8 banana leaf
  • 6 pieces 12*12 foil paper


  •  In a medium bowl add the grated sweet potato, grated green banana, grated pumpkin, grated coconut,sugar, flour,cornmeal,milk powder, butter, nutmeg , cinnamon, salt, vanilla and raisin.  Mix to combine.  
  • Warm banana leaf over an open flame for it to be more pliable.
  • Place a banana leaf over each foil sheet.
  • Add half cup of duckunoo mixture into each banana leaf and fold tightly in a rectangle.
  • Place the duckunoo in a pot with boiling water and cover and boil for 20 minutes.

Serve and enjoy warm or cold!


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