Published On: Thu, Oct 25th, 2018

Caribbean Recipes – Tutu From Curacao

caribbean-recipes-tutuTutu is a popular side dish on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao and is often substituted for rice or any starch on a meal. Here’s the recipe. Give it a try this weekend.

INGREDIENTS

1-pound Black eye peas

6 cups water

2 garlic cloves, chopped (or 1-teaspoon Garlic powder)

1 teaspoon salt

¾ cup sugar

1 cup Coconut milk (sugarless)

1¾ cup Yellow corn meal

2 tablespoons butter

METHOD

Wash peas and soak in water for 2-hours.

Drain, add 6 cups fresh water, add chopped garlic, and bring to a slow boil over medium heat.

If necessary, add more water, till bean are tender and soapy.

Add salt, sugar and Coconut milk, cook for another 10 minutes.

Add corn meal a little at a time, while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.

Keep stirring, adding force, to fold the peas with the corn meal. It takes about 20 minutes for the cornmeal to cook thoroughly.

Add butter and finish stirring until the butter incorporates well.

Damp one flat-dish with water and transfer the “tutu” to the dish.

Damp a second dish with water and cover the “tutu,” pressing hard on the dish until the “tutu” starts showing between the dishes.

The “tutu” is ready to be enjoyed with cheese or cod fish.

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