How to make Trinidad Paime

This recipe, developed through the collective effort of at least six experts, underwent meticulous research and testing for over three months. Learn more about our process in the art and science behind our recipes. This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure Policy.
Trinidad Paime (Payme) lying on banana leaf

Trinidad and Tobago Paime (pronounced Payme) is a sweet dessert pie that's rolled in a banana leaf and steamed to perfection. Locally grown cornmeal, coconut, and pumpkin are mixed with flavorful spices to make Trinidad Paime. Though it is popular around Christmas, Trinidad Paime (Payme) will add variety to your table for your guests all year round.


You can click on these links to purchase the food string and fresh banana leaves for your convenience.

Average: 4.8 (49 votes)
Total rating includes sum of all comments and anonymous votes.

Click to avoid screen dimming during cooking.

Time & Serves

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
60 mins
36 paime (pieces)


  • 2 pounds Fresh Banana Leaves

  • 2 pounds Cornmeal

  • 2 pounds Grated Pumpkin

  • 6 cups Grated Coconut

  • 4 cups Brown Sugar

  • 2 teaspoons Salt

  • 2 cups Raisins

  • 350 grams Butter

  • 2 cups Water

  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla Essence

  • Food String


Wash the banana leaves thoroughly and dry. Brush oil on the banana leaves on both sides and scold over a light flame in the stove until pliable.

Banana leaves being brushed with oil

Cut banana leaves into 10 inch squares.

Cut banana leaves in a dish

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

A glass bowl of combined ingredients

Weigh 5 ounces of the mixture and spoon on the banana leaf.

Paime filling being added to a banana leaf.

Spread to a rectangle 2" x 4" and fold in leaf on all four sides.

Paime filling being folded in a banana leaf

Cross tie with a food string.

Paime in banana leaf tied into a package with a string

In a deep stock pot, add water and bring to a boil. Cook in boiling water for approximately 25-30 minutes.

Paime wrapped in banana leaves boiling in a pot of water

Test if cooked. If not, continue cooking to desired consistency. Once cooked, remove cooked paime and drain water.

Cooked paime on a cutting board

Sever string. It can be served warm or cold.

Cooked paime inside an unwrapped banana leaf
Narandradath Jaikaran

Precision meets Passion: A fusion of Narandradath's Engineering Expertise in Cake Design and Craftsmanship.

More posts by Narandradath Jaikaran

Healthy dinners to kickstart your weight loss
$7.99 Limited time offer $2.99
As Seen On
Site logo 1
Site logo 2
Site logo 3
Site logo 4
Site logo 5
Site logo 6
Site logo 7
Site logo 8
Site logo 9
Site logo 10
Unlock Exclusive Recipes & More! 🔓

Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest recipes, holiday specials, and mouthwatering secrets!

Trinidad paime, payme, Trinidad dessert, cornmeal, christmas, fig leaf, pie, sweet pastel

Allison Joseph (not verified)

Love cooking

Permalink 24 Jan 2024

Add new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.