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Palusami –Taro Leaves Parcel (Samoa)

This tasty taro leaves parcel dish is baked in the oven and normally eaten with green bananas or taro. There are many variations and this one is a Samoan recipe from the Heart Foundation that uses lite coconut cream for a healthier option. 


  • 5 - 6 medium-sized taro leaves
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • ¾ cup lite coconut cream
  • Aluminium foil


1. Remove the stalk and ribs from the taro leaves. Rinse under running water and shake dry

2. Mix the onion with the lite coconut cream

3. Layer 5–6 taro leaves, so they overlap each other to create a bowl in the palm of your hand

4. Pour in the onion and coconut cream mixture 

5. Gather up the edges of the taro leaves with your other hand to close the parcel

6. Place the taro parcel onto the aluminium foil and quickly close to form a tight ball

7. Place in an oven dish and bake at 200°C for 1 hour or cook in an umu (hangi or underground oven)

8. Serve with green bananas or taro

Tip: If you don’t have lite coconut cream, water down 1 can of coconut cream with 1 cup of water