These are a few photos I took while making coconut drops (candy) in our kitchen.
- Preparing The Banana Leaf
The first thing I did was to cut a portion of a banana leaf from one of our banana trees outside. I’ll be using the leaf to put my drops on; if you don’t have banana leaves, you may use greased foil paper.
After cutting the banana leaf, I wash it, then scald it. When you scald the leaf, you prepare it to receive the drops, so that the drops don’t stick to the leaf.
To scald the banana leaf, place the underside of the leaf over the flame of fire, and keep moving around until all of the leaf slightly changes its colour.
- Dicing The Coconuts
To dice the coconut, first remove a portion of hard coconut flesh from the coconut shell. Cut the coconut in strips, then dice.
- Grating The Ginger
This is the star ingredient, but too much can spoil the taste of the coconut drops. Grate just enough ginger so that it is not overpowering in the candy.
- Making The Coconut Drops
Diced coconut, grated ginger, sugar, water
(a) Combine all the ingredients together in a saucepan.
(b) Bring to a boil over moderately high flame.
(c) Keep stirring the mixture until it reduces to a sticky paste.
(d) Drop by spoonfuls unto the prepared banana leaf.
- Cooling The Drops
Keep the coconut drops on the banana leaf until they are cool enough to eat. They usually cool in 20 – 30 minutes.
I don’t always make perfect coconut drops as I’m not sure of the correct ratio of sugar to water to use when preparing them; they’re always made by trial and error. If you know the correct quantities, don’t hesitate to share them with me.