• 1 grated coconut
  • 1 lb. cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. dried fruit
  • banana leaves
  • 1 oz. shortening
  • 1 oz. margarine
  • sugar to taste
  • 1/2 pt. water
  • twine/string for tying

Paime, pronounced “pay-me”, is a local delicacy made of cornmeal, flour, raisins, coconut, sugar and other ingredients, wrapped in a banana (fig) leaf and put to steam until cooked. It is the sweeter of two similar dishes the other being Pastelle. Paime is a dessert and Pastelle is served as a main course dish. In the preparation below, aluminum foil can be substituted for the banana leaves.


  1. Grate coconut in dish.
  2. Add all other ingredients.
  3. Stir in enough water to make a dough of dropping consistency.
  4. Wipe banana leaves and heat them to make them pliable.
  5. Cut into pieces about about 8″ by 8″
  6. Place about 2 tbsp. mixture on each piece.
  7. Roll up, fold over and tie.
  8. Place in boiling water and boil for about 20-30 minutes.
  9. Test one to see if it has set, if not, cook for a longer period of time, depending on size of paime.


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