How to Prepare Bammies

One of the great Jamaican side dishes are Bammies which are a patty  mix of sweet cassava, and coconut milk. It works so well with rice and peas. Really good with fish but also served with Jerk Chicken as well.


  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 1lb. sweet cassava
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil for frying – sunflower or corn is good


  1. Peel the cassava tuber.
  2. In a food blender, grate the cassava to form a wet mass.
  3. Place the grated cassava in a muslin bag and wring out the juice.
  4. Add salt
  5. Divide the mixture into 6 portions and flatten on a kitchen work surface.
  6. Heat a frying pan or skillet with some vegetable oil 
  7. Fry each bammy on a medium heat for 10 minutes until they are reasonably firm but not necessarily brown.
  8. Remove from the pan and soak in the coconut milk for 5 minutes at least.
  9. Put the bammies in the pan and fry until light brown.
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