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Back to Basics – Cou – Cou 2/4

August 19, 2015

Cou- Cou

This is part of the national dish in Barbados.  I practiced this over and over again  and it is still no where near the quality of Gran Grans.  Regardless practice is perfect.  I couldn’t let anyone try it yet because it is a sin in Barbados to cook this wrong. I have waaaaaaaay too much to live for.  Also you can only cook cou cou with a cou cou stick.  That’s the rules.


115g okra, 225g coarse corn meal, 600ml water, 25g butter.


  1. Bring a pan of water to boil.
  2. Add the chopped okra and cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the okra with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Pour away half the liquid and return the pan to the heat.
  5. Return the okra to the pan and gradually beat in the cornmeal.
  6. Beat vigorously until it hurts.
  7. Gradually add the water.  Keep beating.
  8. Cook for 20 minutes but keep the corn meal hot and moist before serving otherwise you will be cussed out ’till you cry.

From → Main Meals, Sides

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