Good evening, Raffies!
Today we are going to Trinidad and Tobago. We are going for some deep fried treats: Saheena. These balls are made out of Dasheen, also known as Taro leaves, ground peas and flour.
Saheena is usually eaten as a snack or a light meal with some sweet chutney. You can enjoy these delicacies all over the Caribbean. The dish originated from the West Indian region and probably came over to the Caribbean with the immigrants. Now it is a widespread treat.
The recipe I used shows perfectly all the steps to take and it actually helped me out a lot when it was time to make the balls. I just went for a leap of faith. The recipe is actually quite simple:
6 dasheen leaves, without stems *you can also use spinach or endive
1 tsp saffron powder
1 tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 c split pea powder (I used a processor to make the powder out of the dried peas)
2 1/2 c flour
2 tsp. salt
4 tbsp green seasoning
2 c water
Start by folding the leaves and cut them finely into a bowl. Add all the ingredients and mix well. Don’t forget to add a bit of lime juice. Leave to rest for about 30 minutes.
In a frying pan, heat about two fingers of oil. Place a bowl of water next to your dough. Wet your hands and form some flat discs. Fry in oil until golden-brown. The water is important to be able to work the dough well, otherwise it might get sticky. The dough might appear a bit liquid, but just take a leap of faith and you will see the balls will turn out great!
If you are interested, there are actually two versions of this dish and I wanted to share the second recipe with you too. I would actually love to try the second one as well 🙂
I really like these deep fried treats. We ate them with some homemade mango chutney and they were great! Now I am actually really really full.