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Jamaican FlatBread – Bammy (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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So for the letter J we are travelling today to Jamaica. Yes the country name starts with J and not the bread, but really could not get any with J, so thought of making this. Though my first shortlisted bread for the letter J, was Jordanian Shrak, but it has to be cooked on direct flame, and I do not have that, so had to search for other options and thought of this Jamaican flatbread, Bammy.

Bammy is made with grated cassava, dipped in coconut milk and fried until golden brown. I have never used cassava and was very apprehensive to use it as was not aware of its taste. Though Tapioca pearls (Sabudana), which is made from dried cassava, is being extensively used in Indian Cooking. Cassava is grated and then its juice is removed from squeezing and then bread’s are made which can be baked or pan-fried. It is then dipped in coconut milk or plain water and again shallow fried. It is generally paired with some fish based dish. We eat it as as tea time snack. The texture of this was similar to Aloo Tikki (Potato Cakes), crunchy and yummy. Infact I read that Cassava is a good replacement for potatoes.

Jamaican FlatBread - Bammy

Cassava also called as yuca is a woody shrub native to South America. Cassava is a major staple food in the developing world, providing a basic diet for a large number of people and is one of the most drought-tolerant crops capable of growing on marginal soils. Cassava is classified as either sweet or bitter and is a significant source of carbs and also provide a small amount of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Cassava when dried to a powdery (or pearly) extract, is called tapioca. More about Cassava can be read on net, but just one important thing to note about Cassava is that it needs to be properly prepared before consumption as improper preparation of cassava can be very harmful. It must be cooked before it is eaten. (Source Internet)

Jamaican FlatBread - Bammy

The original recipe is taken from here.

Recipes in this series of A-Z International FlatBreads

A- Afghani Bolani

B- Boxty – Irish Potato FlatBread

C- Corn Tortilla

D- Dhal Puri

F-Farinata Genovese : Ligurian Chickpea Flatbread

Gözleme (Turkish Flatbread with Potato, Spinach, Mint and Feta Cheese)

H- Harcha (Moroccan FlatBread)

I – Injera (Ethiopian FlatBread)

Jamaican FlatBread - Bammy

Jamaican FlatBread - Bammy

Bammy -A great tasting vegan Jamaican flat bread made with grated cassava, dipped in coconut milk and fried until golden brown.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: FlatBread, Flourless, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetables
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 3 Pieces
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 1 Medium Size Cassava
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1-2 tbsp Oil for Shallow Frying (one can use Butter too)


  • Peel and Grate the Cassava
  • In a cheese cloth or clean kitchen cloth, squeeze the juice of the grated cassava.
  • In a large bowl mix it well along with salt.
  • Divide the mixture into equal size portions, I got 3 and press the mixture between your palms to form a pattice (flatten dough).
  • Heat a pan to medium, drizzle some oil, and shallow fry them on both the sides for 5-6 minutes or until golden.
  • One can keep them aside for later use, or can use it immediately.
  • Dip the bammy's in coconut milk and let it soak for 15-20 minutes.
    Jamaican Bammy
  • Remove and slightly pat them dry unto a napkin, I just removed the excess milk and shallow fried it again on both the sides.
  • Serve Warm.
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Sunday 21st of October 2018

Renu Loved this recipe, though I came across to such bread first time but looks so tasty to munch... great job girl

Padmajha PJ

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Such a nice dish Renu! The texture looks so good. And pan fried tapioca dipped in coconut milk sounds so delicious!!

preeti garg

Monday 15th of October 2018

Such a different and interesting bread... Looks so amazing.

Srivalli Jetti

Tuesday 9th of October 2018

Reading about this dish for the first time and this sounds interesting and though we regularly use sago, never used other forms as well!..these cakes look so nicely done and would be an ideal bread to soak up gravies!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018

That is such a different kind of flatbread with just the cassava/yucca. We get plenty of yucca here and I want to give this a try. It should be loaded with fiber.