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The Corner cooks Sabee Sabee Kumala


The activity will see children using a few simple ingredients and instructions to cook a very common island dish called ‘Sabee Sabee Kumala’. The activity will allow children to explore traditional cooking methods and food nutrition in the Torres Strait.


Traditionally Torres Strait Islanders are hunters and gatherers. Men usually hunted animals like dugongs, turtles and netted for fish as they were the main source of protein available and, in some instances, the only source of protein accessible. Women collected coconuts, wild fruits, root vegetables and shells. Gardening was also a very important element for food source. Gardens were well looked after and replenished regularly, and the tradition of gardening still continues today.

Key Conceptsingredients

Local resources, joy of cooking and nutrition

Key Language:

Diet, cooking, abundant, nutrition, ingredients

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

250g sweet potato                                
250g pumpkin
250g yam or/and taro
1 small onion
4 green bananas (cooking bananas, if available),
200ml of coconut milk)
Salt to taste

Activity Steps

Before you begin cooking this recipe – refer to The Corner Cooks interesting facts. Familiarise yourself with Torres Strait Islander traditional cooking methods, food supply and nutritional information and use this as a basis for the conversation you have as you prepare the food.

Sabee Sabee Kumala

Difficulty: Easy
Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time: 20 - 25min

Step 1: Preparing Ingredients vegetables

Wash vegetables removing skins and dice sweet potato, pumpkin and taro (or yam) into roughly 25mm (about one knuckle long) cubes.


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Step 2: Boiling

Pop all Ingredients into a saucepan and add coconut milk and simmer for ten minutes, stirring occasionally and adding salt to taste. While it simmers for about ten minutes scrape out the banana pulp and cut into pieces.

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Step 3: Serving

Once your vegetables are soft and cooked, prepare a plate to serve your Sabee Sabee Kumala! Help mum/teacher tidy the table top and select colourful plates for each of our guests and hosts.




Last updated: 24th September 2014

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