Fried Dumpling (Johnny Cakes)

Fried dumplings and saltfish

Fried dumplings, in various forms are popular throughout the Caribbean. Dumplings are popular in private homes, at street side stalls, and in casual dining restaurants. You will find dumpling can be served as a quick snack or a side item with meats and gravies or as a quick bread/ biscuit.

These delicious little fried biscuits come in 2 varieties. Traditional fried dumplings which is a basic mix of flour, water, salt and baking powder.  Cornmeal is optional. The ingredients are then kneaded into dough which is then shaped into small biscuits and fried in oil or lard until golden.
Jamaican fried dumplings and festival

Jamaican fried dumplings



1 ½ Cup self-rising flour
½ tsp. salt
Mix ¼ cup milk and ¼ cup water together
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
1½ teaspoon baking powder

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly add liquid while mixing with a spoon. When all the liquid is absorbed put aside spoon and knead dough. Dough should be soft but dry and not stick to your hands. If dough is sticky, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time until dough is soft and dry. If flour is not fully absorbed add water 1 teaspoon at a time and mix. Break dough into 3 pieces and roll into long strips on a cutting board.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cut strips into small pieces. Drop pieces in hot oil and let dumplings fry until they are golden in color, about 6 minutes. Use slotted spoon to remove dumplings from oil drain on paper towel before serving. Serve warm.
Dumplings do not make good leftovers. When  preparing them it is best to make just what you need.


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