Boiled Dumplings

Dumplings are definitely one of the world’s most popular foods . Every culture in the world eats dumplings in some form and this is especially true for Caribbean cultures. In the Caribbean we fry, boil and roast numerous dumpling concoctions. Some of the most popular boiled Caribbean dumplings are shown below.
Cassava Dumplings:  Though they are eaten throughout the Caribbean, cassava dumplings are especially popular in Trinidad. On sight they look just like plain flour dumplings but one bite and you get the chewy bits of cassava and flour for a flavor and texture that’s sure to make your tongue dance with glee. Serve with curried chicken or  brown stewed fish for a traditional Caribbean Meal.
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Brown stew fish and banana dumpling II
Banana Dumpling with Brown Stewed Fish

If you like green bananas and you like dumplings this one will have you wanting more so be sure to cook extras. Grated green bananas and flour are combined for a tasty treat that’s full of Caribbean flavor. They make a great combination with any meat.

Click here for the banana dumpling recipe. 

Steamed fish and cornmeal dumpling II
Steamed Fish and vegetables with Cornmeal Dumpling.

One of the most popular Caribbean dumplings. Cornmeal dumpings like most other Caribbean dumplings are very easy to make. Cornmeal, flour, salt and water is all you need. The recipe and directions are below.

cornmeal dumpling ingredients II  Though the ingredients differ for cornmeal and flour dumplings the preparation and the cooking steps are identical. The directions follows the list of ingredients below.


1½ cups flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
½ cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold water



2 cups flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold water



In a saucepan bring 4 cups of water and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil while you knead dough.

boiling water
Combine dry ingredients in a clean bowl. slowly add water, stirring with a tablespoon. After water is fully absorbed use your hands to knead dough until it is firm and ‘elasticky‘ like shown. Tear dough into 6 even pieces and knead each into round discs.

kneaded dumpling II

  • If dough is too soft add flour 1 tablespoon at a  time, until consistency is achieved. 
  • If too dry add water 1 teaspoon at a time, until consistency is achieved.

To make spinners; tear dough into small pieces. roll between your palms into thin rope like pieces. Spinners are a usually found in Caribbean soups and stews.  You can also shape the dumplings by placing the dough on a cutting board, rolling it to the desired thickness and slicing the dough with a sharp knife. Carefully place shaped dumplings into boiling water. Let it boil for about 15 minutes until dumplings begin to float.

making dumpling II

When you’re making soup; roll dough into thin long ropes and slice into about 20 small pieces.Add to soup according to recipe.

Vegetable Soup with dumplings                              

Vegetable Soup II

Flour Dumplings with Curried Chicken  

  curried chicken and dumpling II



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