How to make Ducuna (Sweet Potato dumpling with Coconut shards)

Posted by admin 28, Jun 2018

Growing up in Antigua, this was one of my favourite dishes, Ducuna and Saltfish... And I attempted to recreate this childhood love of mine, over the weekend.

I did a quick Google search online to see if there was a recipe for this dish, and to my surprise there were.

The recipe is pretty simple as you can see from the image below. The only main ingredients are Sweet potatoes and Coconut shards.

You can purchase Coconut (unsweetened) already grated in stores... that was the option I resorted to, as Hurricane Maria made coconuts here in Dominica "obsolete".


  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 cups finely grated sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour


Combine all ingredients. Adjust seasonings to your desired taste. Traditionally, Ducana is wrapped in banana leaves. If you don’t have banana leaves, use heavy duty foil paper (See image below). A 10×12 piece of foil should work perfectly. Place a scoop of Ducana mixture into the center of the foil and begin to wrap the foil 1/3 of the loose piece at a time to form a secure seal. Add the wrapped Ducana to boiling water to cover and boil for 30-45 minutes. Remove one, carefully open to check if the Ducana is fully cooked.


Blending the Sweet potatoes rather than grating them makes the dumpling much finer and lighter.