Alternative names Dukana, Dukanoo, Tie A Leaf, Blue Drawers
Type Dumpling or Dessert
Place of origin Caribbean
Creator Descendents of Africa
Main ingredients Sweet potatoes, sugar, flour, coconut, water, nutmeg, salt, vanilla extract
Variations can be compared to Tie A Leaf which uses the cornmeal instead of the flour
Cookbook: Ducana  Media: Ducana

Ducana is a sweet potato dumpling or pudding from Antigua,[1] St. Vincent and the Grenadines and many other Caribbean islands.

They are made from grated sweet potatoes, grated coconut, sugar, flour, coconut milk, and/or water,raisins, ginger, grated nutmeg, salt and essence or vanilla extract. The mixture is combined in a bowl until it thickly coats the back of a spoon. The cooking method is quite simple, but what is often debated is the wrapping. The mixture can be cooked wrapped in foil where others prefer to cook it wrapped in coccoloba leaves,[2] banana leaves,[3] or seaside grape leaves. Either way the wrapped contents must be boiled in salted water for about 25 minutes or until the mixture in the wrapping is firm.

Ducana is often served with salt cod[4] (bacala) and what the islanders call "chop-up" which is a mixture of spinach, eggplant and okra. Ducana is also eaten cold, or thinly sliced and fried lightly.

See also


  1. Sutherland, L. (1995). Great Caribbean Family Vacations. St. Martin's Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-312-13502-7. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  2. Berlitz: Antigua and Barbuda Pocket Guide. Insight Guides. APA. 2015. p. 141. ISBN 978-1-78004-895-6. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  3. Comer, B. (2011). The Secret Caribbean: Hideaways of the Rich and Famous. Hunter Publishing, Incorporated. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-58843-157-8. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  4. Houston, L.M. (2005). Food Culture in the Caribbean. Food culture around the world. Greenwood Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-313-32764-3. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
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