Jamaican Festival Fried Dumplings

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

We had these in Jamaica and they were served with spicy foods (to cool them down). My son wanted them for breakfast since they are slightly sweet. We loved them. I found this recipe at Jamaicans.com and made it with a spicy Jamaican Jerk meatloaf recipe. You tone down the sweetness by cutting down on the sugar.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and cornmeal and combine.
  2. Add the sugar and stir.
  3. Add the vanilla to the water, and then add the mixture to the dry ingredients, binding to form a soft dough.
  4. Knead lightly.
  5. Leave covered for about 1/2 an hour. Divide the dough into eight portions.
  6. Flour hands.
  7. Knead lightly, then roll and pull each portion to form a 6 inch x 1 1/2 inch length, about 1/8 in thick. You can make shorter ones too.
  8. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown. Driain on paper towels.


Most Helpful

I had festival at a Jamaican restaurant and liked it. I asked a Jamaican friend for the recipe. We looked at a few recipes with various proportions of flour to cornmeal. I like mine with more cornmeal in it,, almost half. From the times I experimented with it, I found that some flour is needed for it to make a dough because plain cornmeal will not make a workable dough.

Rainbow - Chef 536866 September 22, 2009

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