Lū –Taro leaves parcel

A traditional dish from Tonga for any occasion.

SERVES2
TIME TO MAKE1-2 hours
MEAL TYPEDinner
TIME TO MAKE1-2 hours
MEAL TYPEDinner

Method

  1. Remove the stalks from the taro leaves. Rinse under running water and shake dry. 
  2. Layer 5–6 taro leaves, so they overlap each other to form a leak-proof circular shape on a large square piece of aluminium foil. 
  3. Place about ½ cup of meat in the centre of the leaf and add the onion. 
  4. Gather up the edges of the taro leaves to create a bowl then pour in the coconut cream. 
  5. Close up the taro leaves to form a parcel. 
  6. Place the taro parcel onto the aluminium foil and quickly close to form a tight ball. 
  7. Place in an oven tray and bake at 200°C for 1 hour, or cook in an umu (hangi or underground oven). 
  8. Serve with green bananas or taro.

Tips

  • 5-6 medium-sized 
    taro leaves
  • 1/2 cup
    lean beef or ½ of a 12oz can corned beef, with fat drained off
  • onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup
    diluted coconut cream
  •  
    Aluminium foil
Per serve
  • Energy
    785kJ
  • Total Fat
    10.7g
  • Saturated Fat
    6.3g
  • Total Carbohydrate
    11.2g
  • Sugars
    5.1g
  • Dietary Fibre
    3.3g
  • Protein
    16.1g
  • Sodium
    40mg