Jamaican Festival (Caribbean Dumpling)

Jamaican Festival (Caribbean Dumpling)

Jamaican festivals aka Caribbean Fried Dumpling, paired with a creamy mango coleslaw and Jamaican Escovitch.

Course Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author Immaculate Bites


Jamaican Festival

  • 2 1/4 cups (270grams) flour
  • 3/4 cup (120grams) cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons (12grams) baking powder
  • ½ - ¾ teaspoons (2.5 -4 grams) salt
  • 3 tablespoons (40 grams) or more sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons (30-45grams) soft butter
  • 1 cup (240 ML)milk or water adjust water to form soft dough
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) grated nutmeg spice or vanilla extract
  • Oil for deep-frying

Mango Coleslaw

  • 1 cup purple cabbage sliced
  • 4 cups cabbage sliced
  • 2 cups mango thinly sliced
  • ½ medium onion thinly sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 cups carrots thinly sliced


  • ½ tablespoon mustard
  • ¼ tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup Non Fat Greek yogurt
  • ½- cup Low Fat Mayonnaise
  • 1- teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 lemon juice
  • ½-1 teaspoon sriracha


Mango Coleslaw

  1. In a large bowl combine the onions, cabbage, purple and green, sliced mango , carrots and red bell pepper.
  2. In another bowl, mix the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and honey; mix to blend all the flavors. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss gently to mix .Adjust for seasoning salt and pepper.
  3. You may chill at this point. Serve when ready
  4. Caribbean Dumplings Instructions
  5. In a large bowl mix together the flour,baking powder, cornmeal, sugar, nutmeg and salt.Then add butter.
  6. Make a well , add milk, knead dough for about 30 seconds to 1 minute to form soft dough.
  7. Divide dough into 12 -14 equal pieces. Set aside for about 10 mins or more

  8. If making festivals shape dough like you would a sausage, by rolling with your hands, as if you are making a log repeat the process until finish
  9. If making dumplings, shape into biscuits and then lightly flatten dough.
  10. Divide the circles in half and then place a slit on dough.
  11. In a large, saucepan pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches and place on medium heat until oil is 350 degrees.
  12. Fry until golden brown about 7 minutes or more depending on size. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkin. Let it cool.