Bajan Conkies

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I make Bajan conkies anytime of the year, it’s a tasty Barbados food enjoyed by many people.

A Bajan Conkie is a sweet cornmeal treat, filled with flavourful spices, warped in banana leaves, and steamed to perfection.

In Barbados, we traditionally make them during the month of November to celebrate the independence of Barbados from 1966.

Try our Bajan Conkie recipe and be sure to enjoy it with friends and family.

Tip: If you don’t have banana leaves you can use wax paper or foil.

Try our Cornmeal Porridge


2 cups fresh corn flour
½ cup flour (optional)
12 ozs. pumpkin
6 ozs. shortening
½ lb sweet potato
3 cups grated coconut (1 large)
1 teaspoon salt
4 ozs. raisins (optional)
12 ozs. brown sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon powdered spice
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon almond essence


Grate coconut, pumpkin and sweet potato.

Mix in sugar, liquids and spices.

Melt shortening before adding with milk, etc.

Add raisins and corn flour and flour last combine well.

Fold a few tablespoons of the mixture in steamed ,banana or plantain leaves cut in squares about 8 inches wide.

Steam Conkies on a rack over boiling water in a large pot or in a steamer until they are firm and cooked.

Recipe Submitted by Good Old Bajan Cooking Group.

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