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Friday, October 5, 2012

What is Bammy

 Early Sunday morning you can find many Jamaican families eating traditional ackee and saltfish, boiled green banana, bammy or breadfruit.

So what is bammy. Bammy is a type of flatbread made from cassava. The native Arawak Indians (Jamaica's original inhabitants) used these in many of their meals. When wheat flour began importation into Jamaica many Jamaicans got away from using this as a staple in their diet.

It is reported that the United Nations and the Jamaican government established a program to revive bammy production. It is now marketed as a modern accessible food product.

How to make bammy?

  1. grate cassava (or you can find it grated in many stores and sold frozen)
  2. place the grated cassava in cheese cloth or muslin cloth and drain the liquid into a container and add salt.
  3. Then gather cassava and press about one cup into a greased frying pan
  4. Cook over moderate heat, turn when the edges shrink (about 10 minutes)
  5. Soak the bammies in coconut milk for about 5 minutes until they absorb the mixture
  6. put more oil in the frying pan , let it get to frying temperature and fry until light brown

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