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Coo-Coo - Fungi

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Coo-Coo and Flying Fish is the national dish of Barbados. In Dominica, Antigua and the Virgin Islands it is know as 'Fungi'. The Italians make a similar dish called 'Polenta'.

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  • 15 okras soaked in 4 cups water
  • 1 lb cornmeal
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 3 Tbs margarine
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
Preparation Method: 
  1. Wash the okras and cut off the heads and tails. Cut into cartwheels and place in a pot with 2 cups water and all the other ingredients except the cornmeal. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, place the cornmeal in a bowl and pour over 4 cups water to saturate the meal. Stir to make sure it is wet throughout.
  3. After the 15 minutes pour out about three quarters of the okras and the cooking liquid and set aside.
  4. Return the pot to a very low heat and pour in the wet cornmeal. Stir constantly to break up any lumps. Add the reserved okras and liquid a little at a time ... stirring to make sure the mixture is smooth. A coo-coo stick is normally used for this purpose - it resembles a small cricket bat. However, a wooden spoon also does the job quite well.
  5. Continue to stir and cook on very low heat for about 10 minutes. When finished the Coo-Coo should be smooth and stiff.
  6. Transfer to a buttered dish.

Serve hot with Steamed Flying Fish or your favourite stew...

Plain Fungi is made by omitting the okras.