Trinidad Corn Soup

"Extremely popular at Carnival time. It can be bought piping hot from street vendors and is served at most carnival fêtes. West Indian corn is more starchy and less sweet than the North American variety but I don't imagine that other varieties of corn would detract from the flavour of this dish. Goes a lot faster if done in a pressure coooker. For the dumplings refer to recipe#183964"
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photo by Annacia
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • In a large soup pot heat oil.
  • Add the onions and garlic and saute until fragrant.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, thyme and pimento peppers and cook for about 5 mins stirring constantly.
  • Add the split peas and stock.
  • Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Add the scotch bonnet pepper and if using the coconnut milk.
  • Cover the pot and simmer for about an hour until peas are soft.
  • Use an immersion or ordinary blender and puree soup to a thick and creamy consistency and return to the pot.
  • Add corn and dumplings and cook for a further 20 minutes until corn is cooked and the dumplings float to the surface.
  • Add culantro, remove from the heat, taste and adjust seasonings.
  • If soup is too thick at any time, add water.

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  1. Fanta W.
    This was perfect. Made me nostalgic for my childhood. I skipped the coconut milk (never use that) and cilantro (because I didn't have it, but would probably only use in the Summer). Great recipe!
  2. jsaffiresweet
    This was really good. Only difference I made was with the scotch bonnet, i took out the seeds and put in the rest of the pepper i like mine with a spicy tinge. Then I also put salt beef in mine. It was awesome!
  3. Miss E.
    This was the best husband is from trinidad and im a haitian woman...not only was it a hit with my family but his family loved it and was looking for more :)
  4. ashleyann12
    I have been looking for a recipe like this for years! I love Trinidadian food and corn soup is one of my favorites...this was a great basic recipe which we changed a little based on ingredients on hand and personal taste, and it came out great. My husband (who is Trinidadian) loved it and said all we are missing is the white Styrofoam cups to serve it in ;-)
  5. JewelSJw4
    I made this and it was the best tasting thing I ever made. I am a Trinidadian so I know what it's supposed to taste like and it did!!!!!! I was shocked. Thank you so much. The only thing I didn't do was puree and sprinkle with the culantro at the end. I like my soup chunky. 5 stars


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